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SUNRISE (AP) – Corey Crawford earned his second shutout of the season in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-0 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.
Brandon Saad and Teuvo Teravainen scored goals before Jonathan Toews added an empty-netter with 46.8 seconds left.
The Blackhawks won their second consecutive game after previously losing three straight and beat the Panthers for the seventh straight time. The last time the Blackhawks lost to the Panthers was March, 8, 2011.
It was the first game for Chicago since losing leading scorer Patrick Kane, placed on long-term injured reserve Wednesday with a broken left collarbone suffered in Tuesday’s 3-2 shootout win over the Panthers.
Crawford stopped 20 shots by a sluggish Florida offense, which took only four shots in the first period and didn’t take its fifth shot on goal until 10:47 of the second.
It didn’t take long for Teravainen, recalled Wednesday from AHL Rockford to replace Kane, to make his presence felt. The Blackhawks took a 1-0 lead on Teravainen’s goal. He got the puck in the right circle and wristed it past a defender and Roberto Luongo’s glove 3:08 in.
On Saad’s goal. Duncan Keith made a nifty pass from the slot to Saad in the right circle, He shot past Luongo on the glove side early in the second period.
Saad is tied with Toews for the team scoring lead with 19 goals, and tied his career high, set last season.
Luongo made 26 saves for the Panthers, losers of four in a row and seven of their past nine. The Panthers have scored just four goals in the four straight losses.
The Panthers hope to change their offensive woes with the acquisition of 22-year veteran forward Jaromir Jagr, the league’s oldest player.
The Panthers acquired Jagr, who turned 43 earlier this month, from the New Jersey Devils earlier Thursday for two draft picks: a second-rounder this year, and either Florida’s or Minnesota’s third-round selection in 2016. Jagr had 11 goals and 18 assists in 57 games this season for New Jersey.
Jagr is expected to arrive in South Florida on Friday, and to play when Florida hosts Buffalo on Saturday afternoon.
NOTES: The Blackhawks have earned points in nine of their past 11 games. . Blackhawks D Johnny Oduya was scratched with an upper-body injury. … Panthers forward Dave Bolland missed his second game with an upper-body injury.
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