Maple Leafs Vs. Blackhawks: Chicago Tops Toronto 5-4 At The United Center

The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

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Ray Emery Will Start In Net For The Chicago Blackhawks On Friday Vs. Ottawa

The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 last night, but a win didn't always look so sure. Starting goaltender Corey Crawford allowed three goals in the first period before being pulling for Ray Emery. Emery was fantastic in his stead, allowing only one with four seconds remaining in the game when the win was already secure.

Today, the Chicago Tribune's Brian Hamilton is reporting that Emery will start in net on Friday against the Ottawa Senators, his former team.

In other Blackhawks news, defenseman Nikolas Hjalmarsson and star center Jonathan Toews will be out against the Senators.

For more analysis and commentary on the Chicago Blackhawks, check out the Blackhawks blog Second City Hockey.

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Blackhawks Vs. Maple Leafs Score Update: Chicago Upends Toronto At The UC, Wins 5-4

For all of the action at each end of the ice through the first two periods on Wednesday night, you would have been correct to anticipate a wild ending to the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs game at the United Center. Instead, the first goal of the period was an empty-netter by 'Hawks forward Marian Hossa. Toronto would add a goal with four seconds remaining, but a 5-4 win for Chicago was already sealed.

The 'Hawks trailed 3-2 at the end of the first period and didn't take the lead until Hossa beat Toronto goalie Jonas Gustavsson with eight minutes left in the second period. Chicago would never look back.

Ray Emery replaced Corey Crawford in net for Chicago after Crawford allowed three goals in the first 10 shots he faced. Emery would come in and right the ship: turning away 24 shots from Toronto and allowing only Mike Brown's very late goal.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of the Blackhawks, head over to Second City Hockey. And for more news and notes from around the league, visit SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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Maple Leafs Vs. Blackhawks Score Update: Chicago Leads 4-3 Heading Into The Third

It's been two action-packed, back-and-forth periods tonight between the Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs and heading into the third, the score reads as such: Blackhawks 4, Maple Leafs 3. Chicago trailed 3-2 heading into the second period, but the 'Hawks were lifted by two of their superstar scorers to retake the lead.

This has hardly been the best year of Patrick Kane's career, but perhaps a second period goal against the Maple Leafs will get him going. Kane's 15th score of the season came off assists from Andrew Brunette and Sami Lepisto. Forward Marian Hossa would push the score to 4-3 when he beat Toronto goalie Jonas Gustavsson for his 25th score of the season. Patrick Kane and Nick Leddy were credited with assists on Hossa's goal.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of the Blackhawks, head over to Second City Hockey. And for more news and notes from around the league, visit SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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Maple Leafs Vs. Blackhawks Score Update: Chicago Trails 3-2 After Wild First Period

The Chicago Blackhawks are trailing 3-2 against the Toronto Maple Leafs following a wild, high-scoring first period on Wednesday night. The Blackhawks haven't led in the game but are still firmly in things despite a weak defensive effort.

Less than a minute into the game, Toronto scored its first goal on a wrist shot from Tyler Bozak, who scored his 14th goal of the season. The Blackhawks responded nearly ten minutes later with a goal by rookie Andrew Shaw, his sixth of the season, to tie the game up at one. But just 30 seconds after the Shaw goal, Toronto immediately took back the lead on Joffrey Lupul's 25th goal of the season.

Toronto then added to its lead nearly 17 minutes into the period with a third goal, this time by Clarke McArthur. The Blackhawks avoided taking a two-goal deficit into the second period, though, with Marcus Kruger scoring his eighth goal of the season with just 30 seconds left in the period.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of the Blackhawks, head over to Second City Hockey. And for more news and notes from around the league, visit SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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Maple Leafs Vs. Blackhawks: Hjalmarsson, O'Donnell, Morrison, Frolik Out Vs. Toronto

Beyond captain Jonathan Toews, the Chicago Blackhawks will also be without Niklas Hjalmarsson, Sean O'Donnell, Brendan Morrison and Michael Frolik as they host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, according to Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald.

Hjalmarsson has been dealing with an upper body injury of late, but he was healthy enough to skate during practice on Tuesday and might be able to play against the Ottawa Senators on Friday. He hasn't played in a Chicago victory since Jan. 20.

Morrison has also played sparingly of late while struggling. He's been scratched numerous times this season since being traded to Chicago following the All-Star break, appearing in just seven games wearing a Blackhawks uniform thus far.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of the Blackhawks, head over to Second City Hockey. And for more news and notes from around the league, visit SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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Jonathan Toews Injury: Blackhawks Captain Out Against Toronto

For the fifth consecutive game, the Chicago Blackhawks won't have captain Jonathan Toews leading them on the ice when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, as Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports. Toews has missed the team's past four games with what's been officially described as an upper body injury.

Speaking with reporters, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that there isn't a timetable currently set for Toews' return.

Toews is the same. He didn't skate today, about the same he's been the last few days. No progress. Still day to day. We'd like to see him on the ice, then you get a pretty good idea when he's going to be back. He enhances our team in all areas.

Toews, 23, is considered to be one of the NHL's top young stars. This season, he's had 29 goals and 28 assists in 59 games with Chicago.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of the Blackhawks, head over to Second City Hockey. And for more news and notes from around the league, visit SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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Maple Leafs Vs. Blackhawks Preview: Chicago Hosts Toronto

The Chicago Blackhawks are hoping to finish off what's been a maddeningly inconsistent February by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

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