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Blackhawks win 7th straight with SO victory

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored in a shootout, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied late to earn their seventh straight victory with a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

Bryan Bickell and Duncan Keith had goals in regulation for Chicago, whose winning streak matches the NHL high for this season. Scott Darling made 22 saves, including two stops in the shootout.

The loss spoiled the first NHL start for Devils goalie Keith Kincaid, who made 37 saves, but was no match for the Chicago stars in the shootout.

Jordin Tootoo and Stephen Gionta scored for New Jersey. and Steve Bernier added two assists for the Devils, who were trying for back to back wins.

Darling made a glove save on Martin Havlat to start the shootout, and Toews easily beat Kinkaid with a backhander. After Darling made a pad save on Jaromir Jagr, Kane skated in on Kinkaid, danced in front of him and slid the puck into the net for the Blackhawks’ fourth win in four shootouts.

Chicago had tied it with 3:13 left in regulation when defenseman Duncan Keith put the rebound of Marian Hossa’s shot into an open net. The play developed after the Blackhawks kept the puck in the Devils zone, and Toews found Hossa for a good shot in close.

Until the goal, it appeared that Stephen Gionta’s goal on a baseball swing at 2:31 of the third period was going to be the winner.

Defenseman Damon Severson took a shot from the right point that Darling stopped. Blackhawks defenseman Klas Dahlbeck used his glove to swat the rebound away, but Gionta lined it right into the net.

Havlat nearly gave the Devils a two-goal lead later in the period but his breakaway hit off the post and crossbar with 9:30 left.

Kinkaid, called up from Albany of the AHL earlier Tuesday after giving up one goal in each of his last three starts, had stopped Patrick Sharp on a breakaway just about 30 seconds before Gionta’s second goal of the season.

Chicago was a little off its game in the first period, but it dominated the second, outshooting New Jersey 17-7. Bickell got the only goal with a shot from the right circle after he carried the puck into the Devils zone leading a 3-on-1 break.

Sharp, playing for the first time since Nov. 4 because of a lower body injury, got the only assist on the play set up by Devils turnover.

New Jersey’s goal also was the result of a turnover. Tootoo scored from the same circle as Bickell after taking a pass from Bernier.

NOTES: The game was the second of a five-game trip for Chicago. … Keith played 30:36 for Chicago. … Devils F Dainius Zubrus missed the game after getting stitches in his leg Monday night. … Schneider had started 27 of 28 games. … This was the Devils’ 11th home game, tying them with Vancouver for fewest in the NHL this season.

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