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Toews scores SO goal, lifts Blackhawks over Islanders

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  • Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford celebrates with teammate Ben Smith Friday after defeating the New York Islanders 5-4 in a shootout.

      Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford celebrates with teammate Ben Smith Friday after defeating the New York Islanders 5-4 in a shootout.
    Associated Press

  • The Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews looks toward the scoreboard during the first period Friday night.

      The Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews looks toward the scoreboard during the first period Friday night.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

Jonathan Toews netted the only goal in the shootout, after posting a short-handed goal and assist in regulation, and the Chicago Blackhawks outlasted the New York Islanders 5-4 on Friday night.

Corey Crawford stopped New York's Frans Nielsen and Nino Niederreiter in the shootout. Matt Moulson, the final Islanders shooter, hit the post to end the game.

Andrew Brunette, rookie Ben Smith and Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks, who overcame a sluggish start and defensive breakdowns.

Niederreiter, a 19-year-old rookie, scored his first goal of the season midway through the third period to tie the game at 4. His low, 35-foot shot from the slot beat Crawford on the stick side for his second NHL goal.

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