The Blackhawks beat the Penguins 2-1 Saturday night at PPG Paints Arena. It was the Blackhawks' eighth straight regular-season victory against Pittsburgh. Gustav Forsling and Artem Anisimov tallied one goal each. Corey Crawford made 35 saves in the win.
Chicago holds a 17-12-5-6 mark all-time against Tampa Bay, including a 5-6-3-5 record on the road. The Blackhawks went 0-1-1 in two meetings against the Lightning last season. Five different players tallied two points in the two meeting, including Jonathan Toews, Richard Panik and Duncan Keith (1G, 1A). Patrick Kane (6G, 12A) leads the Blackhawks with 18 career points in 13 games against Tampa Bay. Crawford has a 2-3-2 career record against the Lightning.
THE FORS AWAKENS
In his last four games, Forsling has totaled three points (2G, 1A). In his rookie year a season ago, the Linkoping, Sweden, native posted five points (2G, 3A) in 38 games played; he has seven points (2G, 5A) this season. In the win against Pittsburgh, he tallied a goal and four shots in a career-high 23:59 of ice time.
- Anisimov netted a power-play goal to extend his goal streak (5G) to three games. It was his team-leading fifth goal with the man advantage this season. He leads the team with 10 goals on the year.
- Alex DeBrincat extended his point streak to four games (4G, 2A) with an assist. He shares second on the team with 13 points this season (7G, 6A).
- Toews tallied an assist and now shares second on the team with 13 points this season (5G, 8A). He also went 16-for-27 at the faceoff dot (59 percent).
- Kane picked up his team-leading 13th assist to extend his point streak (1G, 4A) to four games. He leads the team with 19 points this season (6G, 13A).
- Nick Schmaltz tallied an assist to extend his point streak (6A) to three games. The helper was his 11th point this year (3G, 8A).
THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH
C Steven Stamkos: The 27-year-old Tampa Bay captain paces the league with 35 points this season (10G, 25A), including five three-point games, which shares the NHL lead. He has failed to tally a point in just three of his 20 games this season. Stamkos was limited to 17 games last season due to injury.
RW Nikita Kucherov: The Maykop, Russia, native leads the NHL with 17 goals. In his last eight games, Kucherov has posted points in six contests, including five multi-point outings. In two meetings with Chicago last season, he shared the team lead with three points (1G, 2A).
G Andrei Vasilevskiy: Last season, Vasilevskiy posted career bests in games played (50), wins (23) and shutouts (2). His 14 wins this season lead all NHL goaltenders, and his .928 save percentage shares third among netminders with at least 10 games played. Before Saturday's loss to the Islanders, he had posted 13 straight wins.