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November 22, 2013

Hawks' Hossa returns, scores winner

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Jonathan Toews especially enjoyed this trip home.

Toews had a goal and three assists, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 6-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

“It felt good, I’m not going to lie,” the Blackhawks captain said. “It means a little bit more to have a chance to get on the scoresheet here in Winnipeg, in front of dozens of family and friends that are here at the game. There’s a little bit of added effort there.”

Toews linemate Marian Hossa put Chicago ahead for good in the third period with a goal in his return to the lineup after missing three games with a lower-body injury.

Patrick Kane, Brandon Saad and Ben Smith also scored for Chicago (15-4-4), and Patrick Sharp capped it with an empty-netter. The Blackhawks have won all three of their meetings with the Jets this season.

“It was a more consistent, more complete effort,” Toews said.

Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said: “I thought we answered the bell at the start of the game and answered the bell when they had their run there in the second. Excellent first and third periods.”

Andrew Ladd, Keaton Ellerby and Dustin Byfuglien scored for the Jets (10-11-3), who scored three goals in the second period.

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