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Game notes: March 29 at Pittsburgh Penguins

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME
The Lightning defeated the Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime on Monday night at Amalie Arena. Chicago now carries a 10-4-1 record against the Atlantic Division and an 18-8-3 mark vs. the Eastern Conference. Artemi Panarin, Patrick Kane, Tomas Jurco and Richard Panik each recorded goals for Chicago. Scott Darling made 25 saves and is now 18-5-4 on the season.

VS. PENGUINS
Chicago holds a 71-42-17-2 all-time record against Pittsburgh, including a 26-31-7-1 mark on the road. Tonight's contest marks the second and final regular-season matchup between the clubs this year. The Blackhawks have defeated the Penguins in their last five matchups, including a 4-1 victory on March 1 in Chicago after Kane notched his second hat trick of the year. Per Elias, he became the first Blackhawks player to record two hat tricks in a three-game span since Brian Noonan in consecutive contests on Dec. 27 and Dec. 29, 1991.

NET GAINS
With a shootout victory over Dallas on March 23, Corey Crawford eclipsed the 30-win plateau for the sixth time in his career. That total is second in franchise history behind only Tony Esposito, who achieved at least 30 wins eight times in his career. After turning aside 42 of 44 shots faced vs. the Stars, Crawford matched a season high in saves (March 12 vs. MIN). He has recorded at least 40 saves in three contests this month, all of which resulted in victories. Since March 1, the Montreal native is 6-3-0 with a .923 save percentage and a 2.50 goals-against average.

WORKING OVERTIME
Four of Chicago's last six games have required extra time. The Blackhawks hold a 2-0-2 mark in those contests and own a 13-6-1 record in games that have gone to overtime this season, including a 4-1 mark in the shootout. With the game-deciding goal in Thursday's shootout against Dallas, Panarin is now four of five (80 percent) on shootout attempts this season and five of seven (71 percent) in his career. He shares the league lead this season with three game-deciding goals.

ONE-TIMERS
Panarin opened the scoring on Monday with his 25th goal of the season and continues to pace the Blackhawks with 36 points (13G, 23A) on the road ... Tanner Kero collected an assist ... Kane tallied his team-leading 34th goal of the season. He shares second in the league with 82 points (34G, 48A) ... Duncan Keith dished out a helper against the Lightning. His 45 assists share third among league blueliners ... Jurco netted his first goal of the season and his first in a Blackhawks sweater.

THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH

C Sidney Crosby: The 2016 Conn Smythe Trophy recipient leads the league in goals (42) and ranks second in points (82). Crosby became the 86th NHL skater to record 1,000 career points on Feb. 16 vs. Winnipeg. He was the quickest among active players and 12th-quickest all-time to accomplish the feat. He won the 2016 World Cup of Hockey with Team Canada and led the tournament with 10 points (3G, 7A).

RW Phil Kessel: A native of Madison, Wis., Kessel has notched 44 points (16G, 28A) over his last 52 games. He has recorded a team-leading 28 power-play points (8G, 20A) this season. He reached both 20 goals and 50 points for the ninth time in his NHL career.

G Matt Murray: A third-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Murray leads NHL rookies with 28 wins this season. He became the fifth goaltender in league history to record 19 wins in his first 25 starts. Last season, the 22-year-old became the fourth rookie netminder to lead an NHL team to a Stanley Cup (Ken Dryden, Patrick Roy, Cam Ward).

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