Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Kostka scored his first NHL goal
against his former team and it was a game-winner.
Kostka's goal came during a flurry of scoring in the second period and helped
lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on
Bryan Bickell and Brandon Pirri also scored for the Blackhawks, who have won
four of their last five, and Corey Crawford made 19 saves.
"We certainly did what we wanted to do tonight, much more effective," said
Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville.
Nazem Kadri tied the game briefly for the Maple Leafs, but they dropped their
second in a row. Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on 40 shots.
Dave Bolland, who scored the Stanley Cup-clinching goal for the Blackhawks in
June, returned to Chicago and had two shots in 16 minutes of ice time.
All four goals came during a span of 11:17 in the second period.
Bickell got his own rebound on a try from the left side, skated around to the
other side of the crease and tucked a shot behind a scrambling Bernier to give
the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead 5:32 into the second period.
Kadri scored on a power play just 1 1/2 minutes later to tie the game for the
Maple Leaps, settling in front of the crease to jam home a pass from Joffrey
But Kostka, who played 35 games for Toronto last season, got the lead back for
Chicago 3 1/2 minutes on a wrist shot through a screen.
Pirri then made it a two-goal game at 16:49. His second NHL goal came from the
low left side on a power play.
Both teams are off until Tuesday, when the Maple Leafs host the Ducks and the
Blackhawks play at Florida ... Toronto went 1-for-5 on the power play and the
Blackhawks were 1-for-3.
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