The Avalanche defeated the Blackhawks 4-3 in overtime Tuesday night at Pepsi Center. Artemi Panarin, Ryan Hartman and Marcus Kruger each recorded goals for Chicago. Scott Darling made a career-high 47 saves and is now 18-5-5 on the season.
Chicago holds a 37-43-5-3 all-time record against Anaheim, including a 16-23- 3-0 mark on the road. Tonight's game marks the third and final matchup with Anaheim this season. The clubs split their first two games of the year. Patrick Kane (1G, 1A) and Brent Seabrook (2A) share the team lead with two points each against the Ducks this year.
Panarin opened the scoring for the Blackhawks for the fifth consecutive game on Tuesday. The goal was his 30th of the year, marking the second straight year he has accomplished the feat. Per Elias, he became the first player in franchise history to notch back-to-back 30-goal campaigns to start his career. Panarin was named the NHL's First Star for the week ending April 2. after scoring five goals in four games during that time period. He has eclipsed the 70-point mark in each of his first two NHL campaigns. Last year's Calder Trophy winner joined Stan Mikita as the only European-born players in franchise history to record multiple 70-point campaigns with Chicago.
JOIN THE CLUB
Rookie Hartman notched his 19th goal of the season on Tuesday. The total ranks second among Western Conference rookies and shares fifth among all first-year players. Hartman is one goal away from becoming the seventh Blackhawks player to reach 20 goals this season (Kane, Panarin, Hossa, Anisimov, Panik and Toews). The 2013-14 Philadelphia Flyers are the last club to have seven 20-plus goal scorers in a season. The Blackhawks remain the only team in the NHL with six players over the 20-goal plateau.
Kane collected an assist on Tuesday. His 88 points (34G, 54A) this season lead the Blackhawks and rank second in the league. He ranks ninth in the NHL with 37 points (14G, 23A) on the road ... Kruger registered a goal and an assist in the second period. It was his second multi-point performance of the season. He has recorded three goals over his last nine contests ... Michal Rozsival notched an assist. He has three points (1G, 2A) this season ... Marian Hossa picked up a helper on Kruger's goal. He has three points (2G, 1A) over his last four games.
THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH
C Ryan Getzlaf: Anaheim's captain leads the squad in points (69) and assists. His 54 assists share third in the league. He has notched 23 points (4G, 19A) over his last 16 games. On March 18 at SJS, Getzlaf became the second player in franchise history to record 800 career NHL points in an Anaheim sweater, joining all-time franchise leader Teemu Selanne.
C Richard Rakell: Rakell leads the Ducks in goals (32), setting a career high this season. He paces the NHL in game-winning goals (10). He is the first player under the age of 24 to score 10 game-winners since Steven Stamkos during the 2011-12 campaign.
C Andrew Cogliano: Cogliano appeared in his 777th consecutive game on March 22 vs. EDM, surpassing Craig Ramsay (776) for sole possession of the fourth-longest streak in league history. His current streak of 784 games is the NHL's longest in over 23 years, since Steve Larmer's 884th consecutive game with Chicago occurred in April 1993.