The Blackhawks defeated the Rangers 6-3 Wednesday night at the United Center. Their five third-period goals matched a season high for any period this season (Oct. 5 vs. PIT, first period). Artem Anisimov notched a hat trick, while Alex DeBrincat, John Hayden and Jonathan Toews tallied one goal each. Corey Crawford made 25 saves in the win.
Chicago holds a 73-42-17-2 mark all-time against Pittsburgh, including a 28-31-7-1 record on the road. The Blackhawks defeated the Penguins 10-1 in their first meeting of the season on Oct. 5 in Chicago. Brandon Saad tallied a hat trick, while Nick Schmaltz netted two goals. Patrick Kane (4G, 12A) leads the Blackhawks with 16 career points in 12 games against Pittsburgh. Crawford has a 7-1-0 career record against Pittsburgh.
Anisimov registered his first career hat trick in the win against New York. It was his first multi-goal and second multi-point effort of the season. It was his second straight multi-point game against the Rangers. He has seven goals and three helpers in his career vs. his former club. The Yaroslavl, Russia, native has eight markers over his last nine games and 11 points (9G, 2A) this year.
- Chicago has scored 15 goals in the last three games, which includes two multi-point performances from Richard Panik and Nick Schmaltz. DeBrincat, Anisimov, Jan Rutta, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and Cody Franson have notched one multi-point game each during the three-game stretch.
- DeBrincat stretched his point streak (4G, 1A) to three games with a marker against New York. He shares second among NHL rookies with seven goals during the 2017-18 campaign. He has eight points (6G, 2A) over his last eight games.
- Hayden picked up his second goal of the season and has seven points (2G, 5A) this year.
- Toews had an empty-net goal in the victory over the Rangers. He also went 12-for-18 (67 percent) at the faceoff dot.
- Schmaltz tallied his first career three-assist game vs. New York. He has five helpers over his last two games.
- Panik notched his first-career three-helper game. He has five goals and seven assists this season.
- Keith recorded his second multi-point effort of the year with two assists against the Rangers. He now has 10 assists this season.
- Kane extended his point streak (1G, 3A) to three games with an assist vs. New York. He paces the Blackhawks with 18 points (6G, 12A) this season.
THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH
RW Phil Kessel: Kessel leads the Penguins with 24 points (8G, 16A) in 21 games this season. The two-time Stanley Cup champion has 15 points (6G, 9A) in his last 12 games coming into Saturday night's tilt with Chicago. His six multi-point performances lead Pittsburgh this year.
D Kris Letang: The Montreal native brings a three-game point streak (4A) into the matchup with the Blackhawks. Since his National Hockey League debut in 2006, no Pittsburgh defenseman has logged more goals (88), assists (313) and points (401) than Letang.
C Sidney Crosby: The two-time winner of the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player ranks third on the team with 16 points (6G, 10A). In the Oct. 5 loss to Chicago, Crosby posted an assist and now has seven points (3G, 4A) in 11 career games against the Blackhawks.