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Rookie Leddy likes the look of goal No. 2

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



VANCOUVER, British Columbia — In his third NHL game, rookie defenseman Nick Leddy scored his first career goal on a long, bouncing shot that, when unleashed, seemed to have little chance of going in.

His second goal looked better. Leddy pounced on a long rebound and fired, beating Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason in the Hawks’ 7-4 victory Tuesday.

‘‘It was more realistic, I guess,” said a smiling Leddy, who has two goals and a minus-2 rating in 15 games. ‘‘It was definitely good to get that second one.’’

Leddy has played with veteran Nick Boynton the last two games instead of with Jordan Hendry, with whom he had success after a stint with the Rockford IceHogs and winning a bronze medal for Team USA in the World Junior Championships.

Coach Joel Quenneville said the decision to replace Hendry with Boynton was based on Boynton’s more in-your-face approach.

‘‘It gives you a little more abrasiveness,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘That’s what we’re looking for when [Boynton] came back in the lineup, and [he has] done a decent job.’’

Leddy said there hasn’t been much adjustment playing with Boynton compared to the faster Hendry.

‘‘They both have their abilities,” Leddy said. ‘‘[But] it’s pretty much similar playing with them.’’

Leddy, who has been living in a downtown Chicago hotel, also said he feels more comfortable in the Hawks dressing room.

‘‘I’m getting to know the guys better,’’ he said.

Slap shots

Jake Dowell practiced Thursday in Vancouver after sitting out Wednesday’s skate in Columbus. He briefly left the game Tuesday after blocking a shot with his ankle. Ryan Johnson (lower body) did not practice. Enforcer John Scott was ill and did not make the trip.

Marty Turco will start in net tonight at Rogers Arena against the Canucks, who lead the NHL in points with 75.



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