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Chicago Blackhawks begin 8-game road trip with win
ANAHEIM — In the good-news-bad-news department, the California Highway Patrol pulled over one of the Blackhawks' team buses Wednesday en route to their game against the Anaheim Ducks.
That was the bad news. The good news is that no ticket was issued for a car-pool-lane violation before the Hawks kicked off a season-long eight-game road swing with a 3-2 victory over the Ducks at the Honda Center.
Adam Burish, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews scored to provide all the offense goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin needed. The victory before a crowd of 17,193 snapped the Hawks' two-game skid and gave them their first victory in Anaheim since Feb. 7, 2001.
"It's a good start to the trip," Kane said. "It's nice to get a win. Anaheim is a tough team. We capitalized on our opportunities and they didn't.
"You get a little confidence with a win like this on the first [game] of the trip."
Khabibulin made 36 saves to improve his record to 14-4-5.
"Khabibulin was strong the whole game," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "They had a lot of zone time against us. He was big, he was quick, he was alert and took away a lot of their plays. He had a lot of good rebound control from a lot of their point shots. It's a big team down low to contain, and he stood his ground all night."
The Hawks jumped to a 1-0 lead just 3 minutes 7 seconds into the first period when Burish scored his third goal of the season. Burish poked a rebound of a Brian Campbell shot from just inside the blue line past Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller.
Bobby Ryan of the Ducks scored at 12:53 to tie it 1-1. Ryan deflected teammate Chris Pronger's long shot past Khabibulin while on the power play to extend his goal-scoring streak to five games.
Kane snapped his 12-game goal drought with a power-play score at 16:41. Kane took a Martin Havlat pass from behind the goal and tucked his 17th of the season inside the right post to make it 2-1.
A pretty passing play at 3:13 of the second gave the Hawks a 3-1 lead. After a big save by Khabibulin on Anaheim's Corey Perry from in close, Patrick Sharp scooped up the rebound, skated down the right side of the ice and passed to Duncan Keith, who then fed Toews inside the circles. The Hawks captain fired it past Hiller for his 14th goal of the season.
Anaheim's Travis Moen scored short-handed with 1:10 remaining in the second to cut the Hawks' lead to 3-2. Moen fired a slap shot from the left dot over Khabibulin's left shoulder and into the net with Pronger in the box for high-sticking.
Keith returned to the lineup after missing four games with a concussion suffered Jan. 14 against Buffalo.