Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Duncan Keith notched a pair of assists and
Nikolai Khabibulin made a triumphant return to Chicago in the Blackhawks' 3-2
victory over the New York Islanders at the United Center.
Michal Handzus netted the game-winning goal in the second period, while
Khabibulin stopped all 12 shots he faced over the final two frames in his
first start as a Blackhawk since the 2009 Western Conference finals. The
veteran netminder, who previously spent four seasons with Chicago from
2005-09, re-signed with the team during the offseason.
Khabibulin finished with 17 saves overall for the Blackhawks, who also
received goals from Jonathan Toews and rookie Joakim Nordstrom.
The Islanders failed to register a point for the first time in four outings
this season after managing just a goal each from Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo,
which came within a 49-second span late in the opening period. Kevin Poulin
turned back 25-of-28 chances in his first action of the season.
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