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Blackhawks weren't perfect, but good enough to outlast Carolina 3-2

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With a long list of forwards out with injuries the Blackhawks won their second straight game by edging Carolina 3-2. Patrick Kane (LTIR), Brandon Saad and Bryan Bickell were all on the sidelines.

This was an impressive performance for stretches but at other times the Hawks were not as focused. The same could be said to a lesser extent about the Hurricanes effort. Carolina was not engaged at the beginning of the night and couldn't muster any real offense over the last 10 minutes. This game mattered a great deal to the Canes who really can't afford many more losses if they are going to qualify for postseason play.

Fortunately for the Blackhawks Corey Crawford had a very good game. Crawford was called upon to make some difficult saves. Although the Carolina power play is ranked near the bottom of the league they managed 13 shots while on the man advantage.

The Hawks committed six penalties, and none were necessary. Maybe a couple of the calls could be considered soft but for the most part they were deserved. If not for Crawford the outcome could have been different.

Jonathan Toews didn't have his best game and appeared frustrated at times. He was whistled for hooking and slashing penalties but when the going got tough Toews responded. The Hawks captain scored a beautiful game winning goal on a breakaway while shorthanded early in the third period.

Sheldon Brookbank skated at forward as well as Rockford call-up Jeremy Morin. Included in the mix was newly acquired defenseman David Rundblad who replaced the injured Michal Rozsival. All of the fresh faces gave a decent account of themselves.

Patrick Sharp opened the scoring with his 30th goal of the season on a breakaway. Slightly over 13 minutes later Kris Versteeg scored to give the Hawks a comfortable 2-0 lead.

Old habits die hard as the Blackhawks lost focus and had a combination of errors which allowed the Canes to score with 38 seconds left in the middle frame. The Hawks committed a turnover plus a poor line change and Carolina found some life. Early in third period Alexander Semin scored his second goal of the game to tie the score on a power play.

The Hawks did hold Carolina without a shot over the last 9:40 of the game. It wasn't a full sixty minute effort as was the case versus the Blues, but it was good enough.

The Blackhawks will look to stay on a roll and avenge a recent loss as Nashville pays a visit on Sunday night.

Al's Shots

Nick Leddy picked up his 27th assist to go along with seven goals on the campaign. Leddy has the most power play goals (4) of any Chicago defender. Of all the Hawk defensemen, Leddy has the highest shooting percentage (6.5).

In a Friday presser GM Stan Bowman announced the arrival Teuvo Teräväinen. As much as Bowman is correct in downplaying the expectations of the 19 year old his arrival has many fans abuzz.

The word form those with a trained hockey eye is TT has elite skill.

The question now is how quickly he will adjust to the NHL. Another concern is if TT will have enough gas left after the adrenaline rush wears off to be a solid contributor.

This season, TT has played in 49 games and participated in the World Junior Championships. He led that tourney in scoring and was a major reason Finland defeated Sweden in the championship game.

TT could make his debut either Sunday or Tuesday.

I will be back on Monday morning and you can follow me on Twitter @AlCimaglia.

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