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36-35-11
Chicago
Blackhawks
46-24-12

23 SOG
30 SOG
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CHI
game recap

Blackhawks 2, Senators 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com

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Blackhawks 2, Senators 0
Ottawa Senators 0, Chicago Blackhawks 2

After their seven-goal offensive explosion Sunday night, the Blackhawks shifted gears and played one of their best defensive games of the year, blanking the Ottawa Senators 2-0 Wednesday.

The win was goaltender Cristobal Huet’s first shutout since March 29 against Florida when he was with Washington.

“[Huet] played great and you can tell that he’s getting more confident as the season goes on,” said Patrick Kane, whose goal in the first period proved to be the game-winner. “It’s good to have him get the shutout - he’s played great the last couple of games.”

The highly-contested victory showcased the Blackhawks’ impressive special teams units: Kane’s power play goal, a wrist shot that skipped over Senators goalie Martin Gerber, was the difference in the game, and the Hawks made that goal stand up through a great all-around effort on the penalty kill. The Hawks survived Ottawa's 5-on-3 man-advantage late in the first period and Ottawa went 0-for-6 overall on the power play.

“We did a good job tonight,” said Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville. “They had the 5-on-3 [advantage] for a long time in the first period; it was a big hurdle to overcome.”

Huet stopped 23 shots to earn his first shutout in a Blackhawks sweater. In his last two games, he’s saved 42 of 43 shots on goal.

“It feels great to get the shutout,” Huet said. “It was a tight game and we didn’t give them much. The [penalty kill] was great against their dangerous first line.”

“It was a heck of a hockey game; hard-fought and very important to us,” said Quenneville. “Huet had a spectacular night; he had five significant saves and a couple of them were on the PK.”

Though he scored the winning goal, Kane was also whistled for three high-sticking penalties in the game, drawing eight penalty minutes. Quenneville said the numerous penalties were unacceptable, but working to decrease those calls is part of Kane’s maturation as a player.

“He was on the scoresheet a lot,” Quenneville said jokingly. “We need him on the ice, and we don’t want to see him take penalties. Obviously eight penalty minutes is too many, but you learn from it and you appreciate what he can do.”

The Blackhawks play four of their next five games on the road, starting with an away game in Colorado on Friday night.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:17
CHI
PPG - Patrick Kane (13) ASST: Patrick Sharp (10)
1 - 0 CHI
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
19:19
CHI
EN - Troy Brouwer (3) ASST: NONE
2 - 0 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
03:31
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Roughing against  Craig Adams
11:24
CHI
Patrick Kane  Hi-sticking against  Dany Heatley
12:20
CHI
Duncan Keith  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
15:20
OTT
Mike Fisher  Holding the stick against  Patrick Kane
2nd Period
02:26
CHI
Patrick Kane  Hi-sticking against  Chris Phillips
04:39
OTT
Chris Neil  Fighting against  Troy Brouwer
04:39
CHI
Troy Brouwer  Fighting against  Chris Neil
08:18
OTT
Jason Smith  Holding against  Colin Fraser
13:58
CHI
Patrick Kane  Hi stick - double minor against  Nick Foligno
3rd Period
00:40
OTT
Alexandre Picard  Hooking against  Marty Havlat
02:50
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
06:26
CHI
Matt Walker  Tripping against  Chris Kelly
11:10
OTT
Chris Neil  Hi-sticking against  Patrick Sharp
goalie stats
Martin Gerber
Martin Gerber
1-5-1
SA: 29TOI: 59:06
Saves: 28EV: 24 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .966SH: 0 - 0
Cristobal Huet
SA: 23TOI: 59:46
Saves: 23EV: 12 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 11
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0