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The Blackhawks began their nine-day All-Star break Wednesday, Jan. 23 after a huge win over the wild-card-leading New York Islanders on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Goalie Cam Ward proved to be a difference maker as he stopped 16 shots in the third and overtime periods, resulting in the Islanders remaining scoreless in the shootout. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane put the finishing touches on the game with their respective shootout goals, which resulted in the Blackhawks’ 3-2 victory over the Islanders in overtime.
Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton emphasized the importance of winning Tuesday’s game before going into such a long break. "We’re going to play until we’re out of it," Colliton said in an interview with a CSN Chicago host after the game. After two big consecutive wins against the reigning Stanley Cup champions and the hottest team in the Eastern Conference, the Hawks look to sustain this much needed momentum into the second half of the season.