The Blackhawks extended their win streak to four games by defeating the Blues 4-2 on Sunday night at the United Center. They have won nine of their last 10 games, scoring at least four goals in every victory during the month of February. The Blackhawks carry a 26-0-0 mark when scoring at least four goals this season. Chicago won the regular-season series against St. Louis, 3-2-0. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Artem Anisimov and Tanner Kero each registered goals for Chicago. Scott Darling made 29 saves and improved to 15-5-2 on the season. He has allowed two goals or fewer in five of his last six starts.
Chicago holds a 70-42-17-2 all-time record against Pittsburgh, including a 44-11-10-1 mark on home ice. Tonight's contest marks the first of two regular-season matchups between the clubs. The teams will meet again on March 29 at PPG Paints Arena. The Blackhawks have defeated the Penguins in their last four matchups. During the 2015-16 campaign, Artemi Panarin led the team with four points (4G).
With a goal and an assist in Sunday's matchup with the Blues, Toews tied Jeremy Roenick for eighth in franchise history with 268 career markers. He was also named NHL's Second Star for the week ending Feb. 26. Chicago's captain leads the league with 24 points (9G, 15A) and seven multi-point outings since Jan. 22. On Feb. 21 against Minnesota, Toews matched career highs for goals (3) and points (5) in a game. He is currently riding a six-game point streak (5G, 8A). The Blackhawks are 22-5-1 when Toews records a point this year.
Nick Schmaltz picked up an assist against St. Louis, extending his career-long point streak to four games (2G, 5A). He has 13 points (5G, 8A) since Jan. 15 and has a point (3G, 7A) in seven of his last eight games. He ranks ninth among Western Conference rookies with 17 points (6G, 11A) this season.
Kane notched his team-leading 24th goal of the season and added an assist vs. the Blues on Sunday. He shares third in the league with 65 points (24G, 61A) this year ... Duncan Keith recorded a helper to become one of four active defensemen with 500 career points (89G, 411A), becoming the 61st NHL defenseman to reach the milestone ... Anisimov tied a career high with his 22nd goal of the season, the game-winner; he leads the team with 7 GWG this season.
THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH
Stats do not include Feb. 28 game at DAL.
C Sidney Crosby: The 2016 Conn Smythe Trophy recipient leads the league in goals and ranks second in points. He paces the Penguins in points, goals and power-play goals (11). Crosby became the 86th NHL player to reach 1,000 career points on Feb. 16 vs. WPG. He's the quickest among active players and 12th-quickest all-time to accomplish the feat.
C Evgeni Malkin: The second-overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, Malkin shares eighth in the league in points. He leads the club with five game-winning goals this season. He has 22 career overtime points (10G, 12A), tying Mario Lemieux for second in franchise history.
RW Phil Kessel: Kessel leads Pittsburgh in power-play points (8G, 18A), ranks second in assists and is third in points and goals. He has notched 35 points (15G, 20A) over his last 37 games. He reached the 20-goal and 50-point marks for the ninth time in his career.