Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hawks Down Former Teammates Ladd, Byfulgien 4-3

The Jets and Blackhawks both returned to action for the first time in almost a week at the United Center Thursday night.

It was the Jets that came out firing on all cylinders as Jim Slater deflected a Johnny Oduya point shot 4:24 into the opening frame. Slater would add his second of the game off a Ron Hainsey point shot just over three minutes later.

It wouldn't hold up long as after the Hawks called a timeout, Andrew Brunette cashed on a Hawks powerplay over two minutes later.

Patrick Kane would tie the game up 2-2 on a great cross-ice feed by Marian Hossa.

Hossa would make it 3-2 early in the second with his 389th goal in his 900th career game.

Dave Bolland would open a two goal lead for the Hawks 6:45 into the second period when his shot squeezed through Ondrej Pavelec and across the goal line.

After tripping on a breakaway earlier in the period out of the penalty box, Kyle Wellwood redeemed himself scoring at 14:13 of the second through his legs to make it 4-3.

An uneventful third period saw the Jets almost tie it late on a last ditch try by Nik Antropov, but Ray Emery shut the door late.

However, the Hawks held on for the 4-3 win as the Jets fall to 0-2 on the season so far.

Pavelec kept the Jets in the game for most of the game, making 28 saves on 32 shots, making eight in the final period, many of them on an odd-man rush.

Mark Scheifele only played 9:25 and one shift in the third period, ending the game as a -1 on only 13 shifts.

Jim Slater scored his first two goal period in his career, finishing with a +1 rating, seven hits, and 13:56 of ice time.

Dustin Byfuglien finished his return to Chicago with a +2 rating, five hits, and five shots with 22:48 ice time, only two seconds less than Ron Hainsey.

Zach Bogosian ended the game with a -2 rating, including a barrage of giveaways.

The Jets (0-2) now head to Phoenix to face the Coyotoes (1-1-1) on Saturday night.

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