The Blackhawks defeated the Blue Jackets 5-1 Saturday night at the United Center to earn their second win of the season. Chicago's goals were scored by Patrick Kane, Brandon Saad, Jonathan Toews, Jan Rutta and Richard Panik. Corey Crawford stopped 32 of 33 shots in the victory.
VS. MAPLE LEAFS
Chicago holds a 263-284-96-0 mark all-time against Toronto, including a 102-164-54-0 record on the road. The Blackhawks won both games vs. the Maple Leafs a season ago. Kane has posted 22 career points (10G, 12A) against the Maple Leafs, the most of any active Blackhawk. Crawford has a 3-1-0 career mark against Toronto.
POURING IT ON
Through the first two games of the season, 15 different Blackhawks have reached the scoresheet. Saad leads the team with four goals, while Ryan Hartman holds the most assists with five. Hartman's six points (1G, 5A) share the team lead with Kane (2G, 4A). Chicago's 15 goals are a franchise record for the first two games of the season, and share the league lead in goals scored with Toronto.
THE LONELIEST NUMBER
Crawford has allowed one goal in each of his first two starts of the year. The two-time Stanley Cup champion has a .968 save percentage, making 60 saves on 62 shots faced. Crawford allowed one or fewer goals 10 times during the 2016- 17 season.
- Kane recorded his second multi-point outing in as many games with a goal and an assist against the Blue Jackets. He now has six points (2G, 4A) this year.
- Saad has scored three of his four goals this season in the first 20 minutes of each game. He has five points (4G, 1A) through two games.
- Rutta recorded his first career NHL goal with a tally in the second period. He paced Blackhawks blueliners with three shots on goal.
- Gustav Forsling notched an assist for the second consecutive game; he had three assists in 38 regular-season games with Chicago a season ago.
- Ryan Hartman registered an assist, his sixth point (1G, 5A) in the season's first two games. He and Tommy Wingels shared the team lead with five hits against Columbus.
THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH
C Auston Matthews: The reigning Calder Memorial Trophy winner scored 40 goals a season ago, a franchise rookie record for Toronto. His 69 points (40G, 29A) paced National Hockey League rookies and shared 20th among all NHL skaters. Matthews shares the Maple Leafs' team lead in goals (2) and points (4) through the first two games.
C Patrick Marleau: Marleau is in his 20th season in the NHL and his first season outside of San Jose. His 510 career goals and 1,085 career points rank fourth among active NHL players. Marleau is the San Jose Sharks' career leader in games played (1,493), goals (508), points (1,082) and shots (3,798).
G Frederik Andersen: Only the Oilers' Cam Talbot played in more regular-seaosn games (73) than Andersen last season. The Herning, Denmark, native appeared in 66 games, compiling a 33-16-14 overall record. His four shutouts in the 2016-17 season shared 10th among NHL netminders.