Chicago finished its sweep of a rare home-and-home series with the Panthers by scoring early in the first (Teuvo Teravainen) and second (Brandon Saad) periods. Jonathan Toews potted an empty-net goal with 47 seconds remaining.
Teravainen was recalled from the minors Wednesday to replace Patrick Kane, who is out for three months after breaking his collarbone in Tuesday’s shootout win over the Panthers.
Florida defenseman Alex Petrovic, whose shove sent Kane into the boards, didn’t face any retribution from the Blackhawks.
The Panthers are 3-5-3 in their past 11 games with 21 games remaining. Florida has lost seven in a row to Chicago.
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“Chicago played a playoff-atmosphere-type game,’’ coach Gerard Gallant said. “I liked the way we battled and competed, but we just weren’t good enough [Thursday]. They were a better team, one of the best teams in hockey.’’
▪ Winger Brandon Pirri, out the past two weeks with a shoulder injury, is close to returning and could be back against Buffalo or Tampa Bay on Sunday.
▪ With the trade deadline set for Monday at 3 p.m., Florida winger Tomas Fleischmann is getting a lot of attention from Western Conference teams. A pending free agent, Fleischmann played in his 262nd game over four seasons with the Panthers on Friday.
▪ Winger Garrett Wilson played in his second game since being recalled from the minors on Monday. He’s expected to be sent back to San Antonio to make roster space for Jagr.