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Game notes: March 21 vs. Vancouver Canucks

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /

The Blackhawks defeated the Avalanche 6-3 on Sunday night after recording five unanswered goals in the third period, picking up their fifth consecutive win. It was Chicago's highest offensive output in a single period this season, topping the four goals they recorded in the third period on Nov. 1 vs. Calgary. Per Elias, Chicago's three markers in 34 seconds were the third-quickest trio of goals scored in franchise history, behind 21 seconds (March 23, 1952 at NYR) and 30 seconds (Oct. 15, 1983 at TOR). Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews (2), Richard Panik and Artemi Panarin each recorded goals for Chicago. Scott Darling turned aside 22 of 25 shots to improve to 18-5-2 this season. He shares the league lead with a .931 save percentage and ranks third with a 2.12 goals-against average. Darling has picked up victories in eight of his last nine appearances.

Chicago holds an 87-67-22-9 all-time record against Vancouver, including a 56-23-7-5 mark at the United Center. Tonight's contest concludes the three-game regular-season series between the clubs. The Blackhawks own a 2-0-0 record vs. the Canucks this season, collecting victories on Nov. 19 (4-3) and Jan. 22 (4-2). Corey Crawford became the fourth Blackhawks goaltender (Tony Esposito, Glenn Hall and Ed Belfour) to record 200 career wins on Jan. 22. Jonathan Toews paces Chicago with four points (1G, 3A) vs. VAN this season. Marian Hossa registered a goal on Jan. 22 against the Canucks, becoming the 27th player to record 400 points (178G, 22A) in a Blackhawks sweater.

Toews notched two goals against Colorado on Sunday, extending his point streak (3G, 2A) to four games. It was his second multi-goal and 13th multi-point effort of the 2016-17 campaign. Per Elias, Toews became the sixth player in Blackhawks history to reach the 20-goal mark in 10 or more seasons, joining Stan Mikita (14), Bobby Hull (13), Steve Larmer (11), Denis Savard (10) and Patrick Kane (10). He also joined Savard (1980-81 to 1989-90) and Kane (2007-08 to 2016-17) as the only players in franchise history to score 20 or more goals in each of their first 10 NHL seasons.

Kane recorded a goal and an assist for his 22nd multi-point effort of the season. He shares third in the NHL with 79 points (32G, 47A) this season and has notched points (3G, 6A) in five of his last six games ... Panarin registered a goal and an assist to extend his point streak (4G, 4A) to six games. He has points (5G, 10A) in 12 of his last 14 outings ... Niklas Hjalmarsson picked up his 12th helper of the year. He ranks fifth in the league with 165 blocked shots this season.


LW Daniel Sedin: Sedin shares the team lead in power-play goals (5) and shots on goal (187) and ranks third in points (38) and assists (25). He leads Vancouver with 54 points (22G, 32A) in 56 career matchups with Chicago. He appeared in his 1,000th NHL game (Nov. 23, 2014) and collected his 900th career point (Nov. 21, 2015) vs. the Blackhawks.

LW Sven Baertschi: Baertschi has set career highs in points (32), assists (15), goals (17) and game-winning goals (5) through 58 tilts this season. He currently leads the team with 1.14 goals per 60 minutes. The Switzerland native has recorded five points (4G, 1A) over his last eight games.

C Bo Horvat: The ninth-overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft leads Vancouver and has set career highs in goals (20) and points (47) this year. He is the eighth Canuck to reach the 20-goal mark before the age of 22 and the first to do so since Daniel Sedin during the 2000-01 campaign. Horvat recorded a personal-best three assists on March 4 vs. the Kings.

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