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Khabibulin helps Blackhawks edge Ducks

ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- The Chicago Blackhawks began

their season-high road trip in impressive fashion.

Nikolai Khabibulin made 36 saves and captain Jonathan Toews

scored the winning goal as the Blackhawks began their eight-game

trek Wednesday with a 3-2 triumph over the Anaheim Ducks.

Adam Burish and All-Star Patrick Kane also scored for Chicago,

which halted a two-game slide.

"It's nice to contribute in a win," Kane said. "It's a good

start to the trip. We have to keep going and look forward to LA

(on Thursday)."

"I liked the energy in the room going into the game," Blackhawks

coach Joel Quenneville said. "I liked the enthusiasm we played

with from start to finish. It was kind of a response to our

last two games going into the break. We've got a big trip ahead

of us, and we wanted to get off to a strong start. I really

liked the response."

Rookie Bobby Ryan and former Blackhawk Travis Moen tallied and

All-Star defenseman Scott Niedermayer notched a pair of assists

for the Ducks, who were coming off a 2-3-0 road trip.

"We created lots of chances for ourselves," Anaheim coach Randy

Carlyle said. "We probably made a couple of mistakes, too many

in critical areas that cost us, but I thought our work ethic was

strong. ... I don't think we were rewarded for the hard work

that we put in."

In a game in which all six of the starters for the Western

Conference in Sunday's All-Star Game were in uniform, one of

those players helped get Chicago on the board first.

Defenseman Brian Campbell unleashed a slap shot from the blue

line that was stopped by Jonas Hiller. But the Swiss goaltender

was unable to control the rebound, allowing Burish to bury the

puck from the doorstep at 3:07 of the first period.

Anaheim forged a tie during a power play with 7:07 remaining in

the session. Blue-liner Chris Pronger fired a rising slap shot

from the right point that was deflected past Khabibulin by Ryan

for his 17th goal of the season.

It marked the seventh consecutive game in which the Ducks have

netted a man-advantage tally and also extended Ryan's

goal-scoring streak to five contests, a franchise record for a


Last season's Calder Trophy winner answered with a power-play

goal of his own less than four minutes later. With Anaheim

defenseman Steve Montador serving a questionable roughing

penalty, Kane received a pass from Martin Havlat behind the net

and walked out near the right goalpost before depositing the

puck into the vacant side with 3:19 left for his 17th tally and

a 2-1 edge.

"Havlat's such a great player, he found me there and the goalie

was on the other side of the net, so I just took what I had and

put it in the open net," Kane said.

Toews doubled Chicago's advantage at 3:13 of the second,

one-timing a pass by defenseman Duncan Keith past Hiller from

the left hash marks for his 14th goal.

"I just planned to put it on net, and as you see the goalie's

style, you kind of see where the net is," Toews said. "It

happened to go in, so I'm happy about it."

The goal halted a three-game pointless drought for the

20-year-old All-Star.

"You want to step up and score a big goal, but it's not going to

happen every night, as much as you try," Toews said. "I just

want to get better, and obviously my scoring and goals-per-game

is just going to get better and better."

After going 40 games without a goal, Moen netted his second in

as many nights to draw the Ducks within 3-2.

Skating down the left wing on a shorthanded 2-on-1 rush, Moen

blasted the puck inside the right post from the left faceoff

circle with 70 seconds to go in the middle period for his fourth

of the season.

"I was too far back and couldn't pass, so I just put my head

down and shot it," Moen said.

That was all Anaheim was able to get past Khabibulin, however,

as the 36-year-old Russian turned aside all 11 shots he faced in

the third to preserve the victory.

"He was outstanding," Quenneville said. "Khabibulin was solid

all game. ... He was big and he was quick and took away a lot of

their plays. He had good rebound control on a lot of their

point shots. ... He stood his ground all night and did a great


"Khabibulin played great for us," Kane added. "He's a great

goaltender, as you can see by some of the big saves he had


Making his second straight start in place of All-Star

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Hiller stopped 24 shots.

Anaheim All-Star Ryan Getzlaf was kept off the scoresheet after

recording two assists in Tuesday's 7-3 win at Phoenix.



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