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Blackhawks 2, Senators 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Blackhawks 2, Senators 0
Ottawa Senators 0, Chicago Blackhawks 2

CHICAGO - Cristobal Huet stopped 23 shots to earn his first shutout with Chicago and Patrick Kane scored an early goal as the Blackhawks beat the Ottawa Senators 2-0 on Wednesday night.

It was Huet's first NHL shutout since March 29 against Florida, when he was with the Washington Capitals. He signed a four-year deal with Chicago as a free agent during the off-season.

Kane scored a power-play goal on a wrist shot from the circle 5:17 into the game against Senators goalie Martin Gerber, who also played well after the early score. Chicago got its second goal on an empty-netter from Troy Brouwer with 40 seconds left.

The Senators, who were 4-1-3 in their previous eight games, entered the night tied with Tampa Bay for the fewest goals in the NHL. They had a 5-on-3 advantage for 64 seconds in the opening period, but managed only one shot and finished the game 0-for-6 on the power play.

Huet's stop of a point-blank attempt by Dany Heatley highlighted another penalty kill by the Blackhawks in the second period. And then minutes later, with Chicago on a power play, he made a body save on a short-handed breakaway attempt by Mike Fisher.

Kane was whistled for three high-sticking penalties, the third was a double minor after Ottawa's Nick Foligno was struck.

The Senators got off four shots in a third-period power play, but Huet responded.

Notes: Chicago's Kris Versteeg, tied for the NHL rookie-scoring lead with 22 points, served a one-game suspension for fighting Phoenix's Kyle Turris following a scrum with just over a second left Sunday night ... G Nikolai Khabibulin, who has a lower-body injury, dressed but missed his sixth straight game. He could return Friday night when Chicago plays at Colorado ... Senators C Dean McAmmond missed his sixth game due to pneumonia ... Gerber got the start after Alex Auld had been in net for 11 straight games ... The Blackhawks had their 14th straight home sellout, two more than all of last season ... Ottawa concludes its road swing Friday in Washington against the Capitals (7 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet East, Team 1200).

scoring summary
1st Period
05:17
CHI
PPG - Patrick Kane (13) ASST: Patrick Sharp (10)
1 - 0 CHI
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
19:19
CHI
EN - Troy Brouwer (3) ASST: NONE
2 - 0 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
03:31
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Roughing against  Craig Adams
11:24
CHI
Patrick Kane  Hi-sticking against  Dany Heatley
12:20
CHI
Duncan Keith  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
15:20
OTT
Mike Fisher  Holding the stick against  Patrick Kane
2nd Period
02:26
CHI
Patrick Kane  Hi-sticking against  Chris Phillips
04:39
OTT
Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  Troy Brouwer
04:39
CHI
Troy Brouwer  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
08:18
OTT
Jason Smith  Holding against  Colin Fraser
13:58
CHI
Patrick Kane  Hi stick - double minor against  Nick Foligno
3rd Period
00:40
OTT
Alexandre Picard  Hooking against  Martin Havlat
02:50
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
06:26
CHI
Matt Walker  Tripping against  Chris Kelly
11:10
OTT
Chris Neil  Hi-sticking against  Patrick Sharp
goalie stats
Martin Gerber
SA: 29TOI: 59:06
Saves: 28EV: 24 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .966SH: 0 - 0
Cristobal Huet
Cristobal Huet
6-5-3
SA: 23TOI: 59:46
Saves: 23EV: 12 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 11
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0