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Buffalo,  NY  (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonathan Toews  scored to a break a third- 
period  tie  and the Chicago Blackhawks  edged the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 at First 
Niagara Center. 

Buffalo native Patrick Kane had the other Chicago goal and Corey Crawford made 
20 saves as the Blackhawks topped the Sabres for the fifth straight time. 

Drew  Stafford lit the  lamp for the Sabres, who had their home winning streak 
snapped at three games. Jhonas Enroth was stellar in defeat with 29 saves. 

"There's some good signs. When you're rebuilding you look for certain things," 
Sabres interim head coach Ted Nolan said. "Jhonas is one of those guys." 

Toews  finished off a nice passing sequence on a rush, firing home a feed from 
Brandon Saad for the go-ahead tally with 1:34 gone in the third. 

The  Chicago captain then  set up Andrew Shaw on an 2-on-1 break a few minutes 
later, but Enroth turned the shot away with his right pad. 

Crawford  preserved  the one-goal lead  with a glove  save on Brian Flynn, who 
drew a hooking penalty with 5:32 remaining. 

The  Sabres  couldn't convert on the  power play and finished 0-for-5 with the 
man advantage. 

Kane  opened the  scoring wight a highlight-reel  goal at the 3:12 mark of the 
first  period. With one  hand on his stick, Kane managed to get around Buffalo 
defenseman  Christian Ehrhoff while maintaining control of the puck and ripped 
a wrister top shelf from between the circles. 

"It  was nice  to score early and  settle down after that," said Kane. "It's a 
big two points for us." 

Stafford tied the game six minutes later. A trailing Cory Conacher, making his 
Buffalo  debut, took a  pass from Tyler Ennis, faked a shot and threw the puck 
toward  the crease.  Stafford was at the  right post and put the puck into the 
open net at 9:11. 

Conacher,  who  played hockey at Canisius  College in Buffalo, was claimed off 
waivers Wednesday from Ottawa. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Sabres  have lost  five straight in  the series for  the first time since 
dropping the first five meetings between the clubs from Oct. 25, 1970-Feb. 17, 
1971 ... Buffalo's last win over Chicago came Dec. 11, 2009 ... The Blackhawk
were also 0-for-5 on the power play. 

 
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