SUNRISE, Fla. -- Twice Corey Crawford and Jonathan Huberdeau stared each other down and both times the Blackhawks goaltender refused to blink.
Crawford stopped the Panthers center on a penalty shot during regulation and then again in the shootout as the Hawks pulled out a 3-2 victory Tuesday night at BB&T Center.
"I got a little impatient ... on the penalty shot and in the shootout I was a little more patient and didn't bite on the first move," said Crawford, who finished with 20 saves in regulation to help the Hawks extend their points streak to six games. "I was able to stay with him."
The Hawks had another terrible third period but again were able to overcome it as Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp scored in the shootout and Crawford stopped both Panthers attempts to capture the first of a two-game trip to Florida.
Toews and Bryan Bickell found the back of the net in the second period and Crawford improved to 5-1-2 on the season after the Hawks continued their late-in-regulation woes by coughing up a two-goal lead in the third for the third time this season.
"Everyone was a little frustrated for a second but there's nothing you can do about it," Crawford said of another third-period breakdown. "We kind of just moved on. We were able to brush that off pretty easy."
Dmitry Kulikov and Tomas Fleischmann scored for the Panthers but it wasn't enough as Jacob Markstrom suffered the loss in goal after replacing the injured Tim Thomas in the third period. The Hawks failed to score in the third for the eighth consecutive contest and have been outscored 10-3 in the period this season.
"We talked about it going into the third period (Tuesday night), that we wanted to learn from our mistakes in the past and we didn't quite do the job we wanted to do," Toews said. "It's nice to win one in the shootout after we ... let a two-goal lead slip like that."
After a scoreless first, Toews struck early in the second on the power play as the Hawks took advantage of the open ice for some tic-tac-toe passing as Patrick Kane found Duncan Keith from across the ice and the defenseman then sent a pass to the slot where Toews chipped it past Thomas.
Huberdeau was awarded a penalty shot after the NHL's top rookie last season had a step in the Hawks' zone and Michal Handzus took him down. After some flashy moves, Crawford was up the task on a forehand attempt.
Late in the second, Bickell made it 2-0 when the winger carried the puck into the offensive zone, gathered a loose puck after a shot block and rifled in a wrist shot from the left circle.
Fleischmann and Kulikov tied it with goals 2 minutes, 47 seconds apart midway in the third and a short time later Thomas left the game after suffering an apparent leg injury. Markstrom came on but couldn't stop Toews and Sharp in the shootout as the Hawks upped their record to 6-1-2.
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