Smolinski ended the game when he took a loose puck off the
boards, skated to between the circles and beat Florida goalie Craig
Anderson to his glove side with a slap shot. Anderson made 31 saves
for the Panthers.
Smolinski was acquired along with left wing Martin Havlat from
Ottawa in the three-team trade that sent Mark Bell to San Jose.
Havlat made his Chicago debut Thursday, skating 28 shifts and
putting two shots on goal.
The Blackhawks went up 2-0 with two power-play goals. With a
two-man advantage in the first period, Smolinski took a pass from
Jeff Hamilton at the red line and flicked in a shot that ricocheted
off Anderson's blocker four minutes into the game.
The second power-play goal came in the second period when
Hamilton took a pass from Rene Bourque and zipped a pass to
Vandermeer, who sent a one-timer from between the circles.
Florida's goals game in the closing minutes of the second and