Originally created 02/24/01

Blackhawks top Thrashers

CHICAGO -- Jocelyn Thibault made 27 saves for his sixth shutout of the season as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the Atlanta Thrashers 1-0 Friday night.

Rookie Kyle Calder was the only Blackhawk to beat goaltender Damian Rhodes, who stopped 25 shots.

With the win, Chicago snapped a two-game losing streak and moved within seven points of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Atlanta dropped its fourth straight in being shut out for the fourth time this season. The injury-depleted Thrashers have won just three times in their last 25 games.

Calder connected 6:19 into the game when Stephane Quintal's centering pass struck Calder's skate and deflected in. Although it appeared Calder, stationed at the edge of the crease, may have intentionally directed the puck, the goal withstood a video review.

Thibault made one of his toughest saves six minutes into the scoreless second by stopping Tomi Kallio from point blank.

Thibault stopped 10 shots in the third to nail down his 21st career shutout.

Notes: The game was the first for the Thrashers in Chicago and only the third betweeen the teams. ... Both the Thrashers and Blackhhawks are hard hit by injuries. Atlanta was without five defensemen: Gord Murphy, Yannick Tremblay, Frantisek Kaberle, Adam Burt and Petr Buzek. Chicago skated withouth defensemen Boris Mironov, Jaroslav Spacek and Jamie Allison, as well as center Alex Zhamnov.


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