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NHL Game Summary - Chicago at New Jersey



(Friday, January 3rd)

Final Score: Chicago 5, New Jersey 3

Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Sharp posted his fourth career hat trick and second in Chicago's last five games, as the Blackhawks used a four- goal third period to take a 5-3 triumph over the New Jersey Devils on Friday at Prudential Center.

Brandon Saad and Marian Hossa each scored once, Duncan Keith collected three assists, and Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews tallied two helpers apiece for the Blackhawks, who have won four of their last six games.

"Definitely the biggest factor tonight was our top guys were great," Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville remarked.

Antti Raanta, fresh off being named the NHL's co-rookie of the month for December, turned aside 24 shots to backstop the victory.

Marek Zidlicky lit the lamp twice in the third, while Andy Greene registered the other goal for New Jersey, which was coming off consecutive 2-1 wins.

Martin Brodeur allowed all five goals on 24 shots in the setback.

With the game tied 1-1 after 40 minutes, Chicago scored three times in the first 5:34 of the third period to create some separation.

Saad started the rally 90 seconds in when Patrick Kane threw the puck on net from a sharp angle near the right corner and the disc deflected off Saad's skate as he crashed the front of the net to make it 2-1 Chicago.

After Sharp found the back of the net from a sharp angle on the low left side just 1:14 later to double the Blackhawks' lead, Hossa beat Brodeur glove-side with a wrister from the inner half of the left circle for a 4-1 lead at 5:34.

Zidlicky answered with consecutive goals to get the Devils back within one, scoring his sixth of the season at 7:09 before potting a power-play marker at 13:37 to make it a 4-3 game.

However, Sharp capped his hat trick at 18:32 when he avoided a Brodeur poke- check and stuffed the puck into the empty net to account for the final margin.

"I feel like things kind of opened up in the third period there," Sharp said. "We were skating better and it resulted in a few goals."

Following a scoreless first frame, Sharp got the Blackhawks on the board 1:34 into the second when he forced a turnover in the New Jersey zone and made his way into the high slot before accepting a feed from Toews and ripping a wrister over Brodeur's glove for a 1-0 lead.

New Jersey responded just 43 ticks later when Greene snuck a shot through Raanta's five hole from the low left side off a slick saucer pass from Brian Gionta.

"[Chicago's] a good team," New Jersey head coach Peter DeBoer admitted. "I thought we played a real good game for long stretches tonight to give ourselves a chance."

Game Notes

Sharp scored three times during a 7-2 win over Colorado on Dec. 27 ... New Jersey forward Mike Sislo made his NHL debut and served a bench minor for too many men in the first period ... Chicago improved to 14-5-3 on the road, while New Jersey dropped to 8-6-5 at home this season ... Brodeur entered Friday's tilt with a 9-3-2 mark with four ties and a stingy 1.96 goals against average in 20 career games against Chicago ... Prior to the game, New Jersey activated forward Ryan Carter from injured reserve, placed defenseman Anton Volchenkov on IR, placed forward Mattias Tedenby on waivers and recalled Sislo from Albany of the American Hockey League ... Carter hadn't played since Nov. 30 due to a leg injury.

01/03 22:53:40 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
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y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
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Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
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x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
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x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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