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2-game streak, Blackhawks want more
Just about anything is liable to happen when two struggling teams get together in the new and chaotic NHL.
Like two players taking penalties at the exact same timetwicein the same period.
Like a goaltender getting a holding penalty. Or like a player scoring a goal and then eight minutes later putting the puck in his own net.
And maybe the rarest of alla Blackhawks winning streak. With their 4-2 victory over the woeful St. Louis Blues, the Hawks put back-to-back victories together for the first time this season and the first time since Feb. 11 and 14, 2004.
But as nice as two in a row is, the Hawks have put themselves in a position where it's not nearly enough.
"We need more than two," said goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, who was whistled for a holding penalty in a bizarre second period.
"We've lost quite a few games already," Khabibulin added. "We can't be satisfied."
The Hawks were facing a perfectif dangerousopponent Thursday in the Blues, now holders of a 10-game losing streak. After St. Louis took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Mark Raycroft, the Hawks tied it on Mark Bell's power-play score. Then Raycroft, trying to clear the puck around his net, instead fired it into his net. The goal was credited to Hawks defenseman Jim Vandermeer.
"We'll take it," Vandermeer said. "Those are the kind of bounces we need that we haven't gotten before."
After Doug Weight tied the game again 44 seconds into the second period, Vandermeer scored his second goal on a point shot through a mass of players.
Mark Cullen, playing his first NHL game, closed the scoring at 4:21 of the third with his first NHL goal.