RAPID REACTION: Patrick Kane reached a new career-high in points, Jonathan Toews recorded a career-high in goals and Cam Ward stopped all three shooters he faced in the shootout as Chicago beat St. Louis 4-3 at the United Center.
Kane set up Toews for the game's opening goal at 16:26 of the first period. With that connection, the pair of Blackhawks star veterans hit their own milestones. Drake Caggiula recorded the second assist.
Vladimir Tarasenko potted his 32nd goal of the season just 26 seconds into the second period to tie the game at 1-1 for the Blues.
Artem Anisimov stole back the lead for Chicago at 13:20 of the middle frame, redirecting a Dominik Kahun shot past Jake Allen.
Patrick Kane scored his 42nd goal of the season at 11:39 of the third, giving Chicago a 3-1 advantage. Kane streaked in with a defenseman on him and roofed a backhand over Allen. Dylan Strome had the assist. Kane's goal snapped a 10-game drought and helped him achieve a new career-high.
St. Louis responded quickly when David Perron buried his 22nd of the season at 12:23 of the final period of regulation, making it a 3-2 game.
Tyler Bozak jammed in a rebound at 19:21 of the third to tie the game for the Blues, sending the game to overtime.
After a scoreless OT, the two teams went to a shootout where the Blackhawks goalie stood tall.
Toews went first for Chicago and scored to put the home team up 1-0. Bozak was denied by Ward for St. Louis. Kane went second for the Blackhawks, putting the puck off the crossbar and out. Ryan O'Reilly went next for St. Louis and was again denied by Ward. Alex DeBrincat was forced wide on his attempt to close out the game for Chicago. Then came Tarasenko for St. Louis with Ward making that one final stop for a Blackhawks win.
CAREER SEASONS: With his goal in the first period, Toews reached a new career-high of 35 goals on the season, surpassing his 2008-09 total of 34. With the primary assist, Kane tied his career-high of 106 points he set in 2015-16. Kane later set a new career-high for points with his goal in the third period, giving him 107.
FREE HOCKEY: For the Blackhawks, this evening marked their third-straight game in which they went beyond regulation.
"I thought our line had some good looks there. Obviously, we would like to put a couple more in, but to be able to chip in one and contribute and also play well defensively, I thought we did a pretty good job tonight." - Brandon Saad on the play of the third line.
"It was awesome. I got the opportunity to take a picture with him this morning at pregame skate and you realize that you're standing beside a legend. I was very appreciative that he was able to sign a photo for me. A moment that I'll remember forever." - Cam Ward on meeting Tony Esposito
WHAT'S NEXT: Chicago closes out their final homestand of the season by hosting the Dallas Stars on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. CT. The game can be seen on NBCSCH or heard on WGN 720 or in Spanish via WRTO AM 1200.