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Game Notes: Dec. 14 at Winnipeg Jets

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME

The Blackhawks defeated the Panthers 3-2 in overtime Tuesday night at the United Center for their third consecutive victory. It is their first win streak of at least three games this year. Brandon Saad, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each tallied one goal in the victory. Corey Crawford made 35 saves. It was the 14th start this year that he allowed two or fewer goals. He is now 7-0-2 in his last nine starts.

VS. JETS

Chicago holds an 11-9-0-0 mark all-time against Winnipeg, including a 7-2-0-0 record on the road. The Blackhawks went 1-4-0 in five meetings against the Jets a season ago. Kane (1G, 4A) and Artemi Panarin (2G, 3A) shared the team lead with five points each in five games against Winnipeg. Kane (9G, 11A) leads the Blackhawks with 20 career points in 19 games against the Jets. Crawford has an 8-7-0 record against Winnipeg in his career.

REGARDING THE ROOKIE

Alex DeBrincat registered the first multi-assist (2A) game of his career Tuesday night against Florida. It was his fourth multi-point effort this year. The 19-year-old shares third among National Hockey League rookies with 23 points (12G, 11A) this season. He has one goal and three assists over his last four games.

TOEWS TURNS UP

Toews notched his fourth multi-point performance of the year with a goal and an assist Tuesday night. He had three points (1G, 2A) in the club's first meeting against the Panthers on Nov. 25. The Winnipeg native has posted six points (3G, 3A) over his last six games. He won 12 draws against Florida and is fifth in the league with 376 faceoff wins this year.

ONE-TIMERS

  • Kane netted the game-winning goal in overtime against Florida. It was his first GWG this year and 50th of his career. He has three points (1G, 2A) in his last two games. He has 19 points (8G, 11A) in 17 career games vs. the Panthers.
  • Saad recorded two points (1G, 1A) for his fourth multi-point effort of the 2017-18 campaign. It was his second game this season with a goal and an assist against the Panthers. He has seven markers and five helpers in 12 career games vs. Florida. During this season, 13 (8G, 5A) of his 17 points have come against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Artem Anisimov picked up his fourth assist of the season. It was his second straight game (1G, 1A) with a point.
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Blackhawks recall Pokka, place Franson on injured reserve

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have recalled defenseman Ville Pokka (VIHL-ee POH-kuh) from the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs and placed defenseman Cody Franson on injured reserve-retroactive to Saturday, December 9.

Pokka, 23, has played in all 26 games for Rockford this season, scoring 12 points (3G, 9A). He paced all Rockford IceHogs defensemen in points for the second straight season after he registered 30 (6G, 24A) during the 2016-17 season.

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Game Notes: Dec. 12 vs. Florida Panthers

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME

The Blackhawks defeated the Coyotes 3-1 on Sunday night at the United Center for their second straight victory. Tommy Wingels, Artem Anisimov and Nick Schmaltz tallied one goal each in the win. Corey Crawford stopped 31 shots. It was the 13th start this year that he allowed two or fewer goals.

VS. PANTHERS

Chicago holds a 22-9-3-2 mark all-time against Florida, including an 11-4-2-1 record at home. The Blackhawks beat the Panthers 4-1 in Florida in their first matchup of the season on Nov. 25. Jonathan Toews (1G, 2A) and Brandon Saad (1G, 1A) posted multipoint perfomances in the victory. Patrick Kane (7G, 11A) leads the Blackhawks with 18 career points in 16 games against the Panthers. Crawford has a 7-2-0 record against Florida in his career.

EARNING HIS WINGELS

Wingels played in his 400th career National Hockey League game and scored his fourth goal of the season in the win against Arizona on Sunday night. It was his eighth point (4G, 4A) this season and second goal in as many games. Last season, the Evanston, Ill., native tallied 12 points (7G, 5A) as a member of both the San Jose Sharks and Ottawa Senators.

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Prospect Roundup: Sikura's big night, IceHogs go on the offensive

by Emerald Gao / Digital Content Coordinator

On Mondays, chicagoblackhawks.com will highlight players who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college or European teams in the previous week's action. All prospect/system stats will be updated weekly throughout the season.

1st Star: C Dylan Sikura, Northeastern (H-EAST)
The Line: 1GP, 2G, 2A

Sikura led the way for Northeastern in a big 5-2 win over Boston College last Saturday, tallying twice and adding a pair of assists to match a single-game career high. Both of his goals were recorded on the power play, and one of his helpers came on the eventual game-winner; he shares the NCAA lead with seven goals with the man advantage this season, while his 1.57 points per game (22 points in 14 appearances) rank second in the nation.

2nd Star: D Carl Dahlstrom, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 2GP, 1G, 4A

Dahlstrom's offensive outburst continued last week with five points in two games for the IceHogs. The 22-year-old picked up two helpers in Rockford's 4-1 win over Grand Rapids on Friday, then collected a goal and two assists the next night in in a 7-2 win over the Griffins. Dahlstrom has 10 points over his last seven games and paces Rockford defensemen with 15 points (2G, 13A) in 24 tilts this season.

3rd Star: LW Tomas Jurco, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 2GP, 2G, 1A

Jurco stretched his goal streak to four games with tallies in both of Rockford's games last week and added an assist in Friday's win. The 24-year-old has 18 points (9G, 9A) in 25 games this season, including six points in his last four outings, and shares first among players on the active IceHogs roster. Jurco also ranks first on the team with 85 shots on goal this season.

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Game Notes: Dec. 10 vs. Arizona Coyotes

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME

The Blackhawks defeated the Sabres 3-2 in overtime Friday night at the United Center. It was their third victory in overtime this season. The Blackhawks also recorded a season-high 51 shots on goal. Alex DeBrincat, Tommy Wingels and Gustav Forsling tallied one goal each in the victory. Corey Crawford made 26 of 28 saves in his first game since missing three while on injured reserve. It was the 12th start this year allowing two or fewer goals.

VS. COYOTES

Chicago holds a 37-24-8-9 mark all-time against Arizona, including a 15- 11-7-5 record at home. The Blackhawks defeated the Coyotes 4-2 in Arizona in their first matchup of the season on Oct. 21. Four different players posted multi-point performances in the win, including Lance Bouma (1G, 1A) and Wingels (1G, 1A). Kane (15G, 28A) leads the Blackhawks with 43 career points in 33 games against the Coyotes. Crawford has a 10-2-2 record against Arizona in his career.

THE FORS AWAKENS

Gustav Forsling netted the game-winning goal in overtime and added two helpers against the Sabres for his first career three-point game. It was his second multi-point effort of the year. The second-year defenseman now has three markers this year, which tops his total from a season ago.

ALEX THE GREAT

Alex DeBrincat tallied a goal with the man advantage in the win against Buffalo on Friday night. It was his second PPG and fifth power-play point of the year. He is second among NHL rookies with 12 goals and fourth with 21 points. 

ONE-TIMERS

  • Jonathan Toews extended his point streak (2G, 2A) to four games with a helper, passing Dennis Hull (640 career points) for seventh on the Blackhawks' all-time points list. He also won 15 of his 23 faceoffs vs. Buffalo (65 percent).
  • Duncan Keith skated in a season-high 29:21 of total ice time in the Blackhawks win.
  • Vinnie Hinostroza made his season debut with Chicago. He skated in 12:02 of total ice time and finished with four shots on goal.
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Blackhawks recall Hinostroza, assign Kero

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have recalled forward Vinnie Hinostroza from the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs and assigned forward Tanner Kero to Rockford.

Hinostroza leads the IceHogs and shares 11th in the American Hockey League with 22 points (9G, 13A) in 23 games this season. The Bartlett, Illinois, native has six multi-point games with the IceHogs. He set a season high with three assists in Rockford's victory over Texas on Dec. 2. He logged a season-long six-game point streak where he tallied four goals and six assists from Oct. 14-25.

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Game Notes: Dec. 8 vs. Buffalo Sabres

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME

The Blackhawks fell to the Capitals 6-2 on Wednesday night at Capital One Arena. Lance Bouma and Jonathan Toews tallied one goal each for Chicago. Anton Forsberg made seven saves, and J.F. Berube stopped 12 shots in the loss.

VS. SABRES

Chicago holds a 53-52-13-1 mark all-time against Buffalo, including a 34-18-6-1 record at home. The Blackhawks swept the two-game season series with a 2-0-0 record against the Sabres last season. Patrick Kane paced the team with five points (2G, 3A) in two meetings against Buffalo a season ago. Kane (8G, 7A) leads the Blackhawks with 15 career points in 13 games against the Sabres. Anton Forsberg has a 0-1-0 record against Buffalo in his career.

SABRE STOPPERS

The Blackhawks have won their last 11 matchups against the Sabres, dating back to Oct. 11, 2010, and haven't fallen at home to Buffalo since Jan. 10, 2007. It is their longest active win streak against any NHL team. During the 11-game win streak, Kane has paced the team with 14 points (7G, 7A) including four multi-point performances. Jonathan Toews shares the most goals (7) for Chicago against Buffalo during the 11-game span.

GOOD POINT

In his last seven games against Buffalo, Toews has recorded nine points (5G, 4A), including three multi-point performances. The Winnipeg native picked up his eighth goal of the season Wednesday against Washington to extend his point streak (2G, 1A) to three games. He now has 19 points (8G, 11A) this season. He also went 17-for-25 (68 percent) at the faceoff dot.

ONE-TIMERS

  • Bouma netted his third goal of the season. It was his seventh point (3G, 4A) this year.
  • DeBrincat posted his 20th point (11G, 9A) this season with an assist. His 20 points on the year share fourth among league rookies.
  • Connor Murphy tallied his fourth assist of the season. He now has five points (1G, 4A) this year. He also set a season high with four shots on goal.
  • Duncan Keith paced the team with seven shots in a team-high 23:01 of ice time. The seven shots on goal were the most shots recorded for Keith since he posted seven on Dec. 23, 2013 against New Jersey.
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Forsberg fitting into Blackhawks backup plan

Chicago can make No. 2 goaltender's job easier by improving offense until No. 1 Crawford can return

by Tracey Myers @Tramyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO - Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Anton Forsberg knew what was expected of him when No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford sustained a lower-body injury last Thursday. Nevertheless, there's a certain amount of pressure that comes with filling in for the Blackhawks' most consistent player this season.

"Of course. He's been doing a really good job keeping us in games and winning games for us," Forsberg said of Crawford. "It's the same thing I want to do."

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Wednesday Night Rivalry

5 Reasons to watch Blackhawks-Capitals

Chicago rookie DeBrincat, Washington forward Ovechkin each on scoring binge

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

The Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals have played each other almost to a draw in their first 95 games entering the Wednesday Night Rivalry game at Capital One Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV).

Since the Capitals entered the NHL in 1974, each team has won 42 times, with the other 11 games ending in a tie. However, the Capitals have won the past six games in Washington, including a 3-2 victory in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park.

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Game Notes: Dec. 6 at Washington Capitals

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME

The Kings defeated the Blackhawks 3-1 on Sunday night at the United Center. The Blackhawks' 2 penalty minutes were their fewest this season. Jonathan Toews netted Chicago's lone goal in the loss, and Anton Forsberg stopped 21 of 22 shots.

VS. CAPITALS

Chicago holds a 42-39-11-3 mark all-time against Washington, including a 16-26-5-1 record on the road. The Blackhawks went 0-1-1 in two matchups against the Capitals last season. Marian Hossa paced the team with two points (1G, 1A) in those two meetings. Toews (5G, 4A) leads the Blackhawks with nine career points in 11 games against the Capitals. Forsberg won his lone career start against Washington.

FOUR SCORERS

Four Chicago skaters have posted double-digit goal totals so far this season (Artem Anisimov, 12; Alex DeBrincat, 11; Kane, 10; Brandon Saad, 10). The Blackhawks are one of three teams (along with PIT and TOR) with four different players who have 10 or more goals this season.

ONE-TIMERS

  • Patrick Kane skated in his 767th career game for the Blackhawks on Sunday night in Chicago, passing Ken Wharram (766 GP) for 16th all-time in franchise history. 
  • Forsberg made his second straight start allowing two or fewer goals. He has made 57 of 60 saves in those two games.
  • Brent Seabrook notched an assist. He has nine points (1G, 8A) this year. He also finished second on Chicago with four shots on goal.
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