Chicago Blackhawks Top Florida Panthers 3-2 in Shootout

The Chicago Blackhawks had their eighth straight game in which they failed to score more than three goals and the third two-goal, third-period lead they had blown, but they were able to overcome it.

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp scored in the shootout to lift the Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night at BB&T Center.

Oct 22, 2013; Sunrise, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp (10) makes a goal against Florida Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) in a shoot out at BB

Toews and Bryan Bickell scored in regulation and goaltender Corey Crawford earned the win as the Hawks improved to 6-1-2 on the young season.

Dmitry Kulikov and Tomas Fleishmann scored for the Panthers in the third as Jacob Markstrom took the loss between the pipes after replacing the injured Tim Thomas in the final three minutes of regulation.

After a scoreless first period, Toews struck early in the second frame to put the Hawks up 1-0.

With Kulikov in the penalty box for interference, Patrick Kane found Duncan Keith cross ice and then sent a pass to the slot where the captain chipped in a backhand pass Panthers goaltender Tim Thomas.

The Panthers looked to tie it when Jonathan Huberdeau was awarded a penalty shot after being taken down by Michal Handzus. After several stick handles, Crawford stood tall and stopped Huberdeau’s shot.

Bickell made it a two-goal lead when he collected his own blocked shot and rifled a wrister from the left circle past Thomas.

Fleischmann cut lead in half when he scored on an one-timer from Barkov to make it 2-1.

Nearly three minutes later, Keith attempted to clear the zone and sent a pass right to Kulikov’s stick, who blasted a shot past Crawford’s glove side.

Thomas left the game with three minutes left in regulation with a groin injur and Markstrom replaced him.

The Hawks complete their two-game road trip in the Sunshine state on Thursday night when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning at 6:30 p.m. (CSN-CH/WGN 720).

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Topics: Bryan Bickell, Chicago Blackhawks, Jonathan Toews, NHL, Patrick Sharp

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  • Lloyd A Brodnax

    Go Hawks v. Lightning.. Will be at the game here in Tampa donning my Blackhawks Gear!