The Blackhawks defeated the Canadiens 4-2 on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre. Chicago has now won its last seven matchups with Montreal dating back to April 9, 2014. For the third consecutive contest, the Blackhawks notched the first goal of the game. The Blackhawks have won nine of their last 10 games away from the United Center. Their 21 road victories this season rank second in the National Hockey League. Patrick Kane, Johnny Oduya, Artemi Panarin and Jonathan Toews each recorded goals on Tuesday. Corey Crawford made 40 saves and improved to 7-0-2 all-time against his hometown team. He carries a 28-15-3 record on the season, sharing ninth in the league in wins.
Chicago holds a 19-9-2-1 all-time record against Ottawa, including a 9-6- 0-1 mark on the road. Tonight's contest marks the second and final matchup between the clubs this season. The Senators defeated the Blackhawks 4-3 on Dec. 20 at the United Center. Marian Hossa is expected to skate in his 1,300th NHL game on Thursday against the team that drafted him 12th overall in 1997.
Kane lit the lamp for the second time in as many games on Tuesday against Montreal. He also added two assists, extending his point streak (2G, 4A) to three games. Since Feb. 2, he paces the NHL with 16 goals and 27 points. He leads the league with 76 points and shares eighth with 31 goals. The multi-point outing was his 21st of the season, which shares second in the league ... Panarin recorded a goal in the third period vs. the Canadiens, pushing his scoring streak to three games. He ranks second on Chicago with 23 goals this season. Panarin paces the club and shares seventh in the NHL with 33 points (12G, 21A) on the road. He has notched points (4G, 5A) in eight of his last nine contests.
Toews netted his 269th career goal, surpassing Tony Amonte for seventh in Blackhawks history ... Artem Anisimov collected an assist on Kane's goal vs. Montreal. His 45 points (22G, 23A) this season are a career high ... Johnny Oduya tallied his first goal since being acquired by the Blackhawks on Feb. 28 ... Nick Schmaltz collected an assist. His 20 points (6G, 14A) this season rank eighth among Western Conference rookies ... Duncan Keith recorded an assist against the Canadiens. His 42 helpers this season rank fourth among NHL defensemen ... Brent Seabrook finished with a team-high seven blocked shots. He ranks second on the team with 122 this season.
THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH
D Erik Karlsson: The 15th-overall pick in the 2008 NHL Draft ranks third in the NHL in assists (49) and leads the Senators in points (62) and assists. He was named the NHL's Third Star for the week ending March 12, leading defensemen with six points (2G, 4A) in four contests to help Ottawa extend their win streak to six games. He leads the club with 27 points (4G, 23A) on home ice.
LW Mike Hoffman: Hoffman leads the team in game-winning goals (8) and power-play goals (12). His eight game-winning goals share third and his 12 power-play goals share fourth in the league. He shared the team lead with three points (2G, 1A) vs. CHI last year.
RW Bobby Ryan: Ryan has notched three points (1G, 2A) over his last four games. The Senators have an all-time record of 26-5-6 when he records at least two points. During the 2015-16 campaign, Ryan led the NHL in shootout goals, scoring 6 of 11 attempts. He recorded three points (1G, 2A) vs. the Blackhawks last year.