Glass' 31 saves lead Blackhawks over Jets

<p ><p ><b >CHICAGO, Illinois </b >- <span >Patrik Laine</span > scored his team-leading 20th of the year late in the third period and had numerous chances overall in the final frame, but the Chicago Blackhawks hung on and beat the Jets 2-1 on Friday night at the United Center.</p ><p ><span ><code data-tlink="https://www.nhl.com/video/c-56633703&quot; >Video: POSTGAME | JetsTV Road Report</code ></span ></p ><p >Thirty-two-year-old rookie Jeff Glass made 31 saves - many of them of the spectacular variety - for his third win of the season and his first victory on home ice, and was clearly the difference on the night for Chicago. Winnipeg falls to 26-12-7 on the season and has dropped three straight to their Central Division rivals going back to last season.</p ><p >"It was just even. I don't think they were getting to our net for any second or third opportunities," said Head Coach Paul Maurice. "We were in alone a couple of times, had a 3-on-1 that we didn't convert when we needed to. It wasn't an offensive game."</p ></p ><p ><p >Neither team could get their power plays going and there wasn't a whole lot of room to make things happen, especially for Jets captain <span >Blake Wheeler</span > who saw his seven-game point streak come to an end.</p ><p >"(We) were being stubborn and not wanting to get the puck behind them," Wheeler said when asked about how the Jets couldn't find a way to get through a clogged neutral zone. "You can play in the offensive zone all day. You want to make plays, but they make it tough."</p ><p >"We battled well in the third and we never gave up," added Laine, who finished with a team-high five shots on goal. "We got some good scoring chances including myself, but we just couldn't capitilize."</p ><p ><span ><code data-tlink="https://www.nhl.com/video/c-56632503&quot; >Video: POSTGAME | <span >Patrik Laine</span > </code ></span ></p ><p >The Blackhawks opened the scoring at 4:51 of the second period after some extended puck possession in the Jets' zone. Connor Murphy threw a shot at the net and David Kampf redirected it, beating <span >Connor Hellebuyck</span > low on the stick side. For Kampf, it was his first NHL goal on his 23rd birthday.</p ><p >Winnipeg got a golden chance to get back into the game at 10:51 when the Blackhawks got caught with too many men on the ice. A minute into the enusing man advantage, <span >Mathieu Perreault</span > was sent in alone on the breakaway, but Glass closed the pads when the Jets forward shot five hole. Then, at the end of a shift, <span >Kyle Connor</span > had a clean breakaway, but Glass was ready with the right pad to keep the Jets off the scoreboard once again.</p ><p >The Hawks rewarded their goaltender less than a minute later when Jan Ruuta took a harmless shot from the bottom of the faceoff circle that went under Hellebuyck for a rare soft goal given up by the Jets goaltender, giving Chicago a 2-0 lead. Anthony Duclair recorded an assist on the goal for his first point in his first game as a Blackhawk after coming over in a trade from Arizona earlier in the week.</p ><p ><span ><code data-tlink="https://www.nhl.com/video/c-56632603&quot; >Video: POSTGAME | Paul Maurice</code ></span ></p ><p >In the third period, a couple minutes after the Jets had killed off a Perreault hooking penalty, Jack Roslovic set up <span >Andrew Copp</span > in the slot, but Glass was there to kick away the centre's one-timer.  </p ><p >With just over five minutes remaining, Glass was back at it this time with a big time stop on <span >Bryan Little</span > in tight during a Winnipeg power play and moments after that, Laine ripped one off the post on the stick side of the Hawks netminder.</p ><p >Laine went to the stick side again at 16:19 and his wrist shot beat Glass for his 20th goal of the season and second in as many games to cut the Hawks' lead to one.</p ><p ><span ><code data-tlink="https://www.nhl.com/video/c-56629703&quot; >Video: WPG@CHI: Laine's nets long-range rocket from circle</code ></span ></p ><p >Laine had another great chance off a terrific feed from <span >Nikolaj Ehlers</span > with the goalie pulled, but Glass came across and made a spectacular right pad save to keep the Hawks in front. Then, with under 30 seconds to play, Wheeler unloaded from the top of the right circle, but struck the same glove-side post Laine did earlier in the period to seal the one-goal defeat.</p ><p >"Their guy made a few good saves," Maurice said. "I don't think either goaltender was worked too hard. It was a tight divisional road game.</p ><p >Jets will finish off their fifth set of back-to-back games on Saturday in St. Paul against the Minnesota Wild, closing out a three-game road trip.</p ><p ><span ><code data-tlink="https://www.nhl.com/video/c-56632403&quot; >Video: POSTGAME | Blake Wheeler</code ></span ></p ><p >LATE HITS:</p ><p >Prior to the game, goaltender Michael Hutchinson was recalled from the Manitoba Moose after it was revealed <span >Steve Mason</span > wasn't fit to dress.</p ><p >"He got back to the hotel and he wasn't feeling really good at all so we didn't want to take any chances with his past history," Maurice said. "I think he's fine and we'll see on Saturday."</p ><p >- Jamie Thomas, WinnipegJets.com</p ></p >

CHICAGO, Illinois - Patrik Laine scored his team-leading 20th of the year late in the third period and had numerous chances overall in the final frame, but the Chicago Blackhawks hung on and beat the Jets 2-1 on Friday night at the United Center.

Video: POSTGAME | JetsTV Road Report

Thirty-two-year-old rookie Jeff Glass made 31 saves - many of them of the spectacular variety - for his third win of the season and his first victory on home ice, and was clearly the difference on the night for Chicago. Winnipeg falls to 26-12-7 on the season and has dropped three straight to their Central Division rivals going back to last season.

"It was just even. I don't think they were getting to our net for any second or third opportunities," said Head Coach Paul Maurice. "We were in alone a couple of...

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