RAPID REACTION: Patrick Kane extended his scoring streak with a goal and two assists as the Blackhawks beat the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Thursday night. Drake Caggiula, Jonathan Toews, Artem Anisimov and Brandon Saad also found twine as the Blackhawks rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat New Jersey.
Chris Kunitz was in the starting lineup for Chicago, following a pregame ceremony honoring the four-time Stanley Cup champion as he played his 1,000th NHL game. After the festivities, it was New Jersey who provided the early fireworks with goals from Damon Severson and Travis Zajac staking the Devils to a 2-0 lead. But as they have done throughout this late season resurgence, the Blackhawks would battle back.
#88 got things started for Chicago, firing home a wrist shot from the slot to cut the New Jersey lead in half.
Video: NJD@CHI: Kane runs point streak to 16 games with goal
Since Jan. 3, all Kane has done is create offense for the Blackhawks, as he extended his point streak to 16 games with the first period goal.
The Blackhawks would keep rolling in the second as Drake Caggiula - who hadn't even joined the team yet when Kane's point streak began - snagged a pass from Kane and took care of the rest, with a top shelf snipe past Cory Schneider to square things up at 2-2. The goal was also significant for, you guessed it, Patrick Kane, who surpassed Stan Mikita's 1967 Blackhawks record for most consecutive games with an assist.
Toews would put Chicago ahead later in the period, completing the comeback with a one-timer from the circle to put the Blackhawks up 3-2 going into the third period. With a primary assist on the goal, midseason aquisition Slater Koekkoek snagged his first points in a Chicago sweater.
Insurance goals from Artem Anisimov and Brandon Saad sealed the deal in the third period, as the Blackhaws bounced back with a victory.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Patrick Kane's historic 2018-19 season rolled on against the Devils, with Kane collecting a point for the 16th-straight game and breaking Stan Mikita's franchise record for most consecutive games with an assist in a three-point night against the Devils.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: With the win over New Jersey, the Blackhawks moved within two points of the Minnesota Wild for the second wildcard spot in the Western Conference.
"It's special. Pretty cool records when you talk about consistency, both those records. It's nice. I've had some great teammates over the years, as far as the record goes tonight, a lot of guys are burying pucks when I pass it to them." - Patrick Kane on breaking Stan Mikita's franchise assist streak record.
"We know how we need to play. We realized that first period was not the way that we normally play, we came out firing in the second period and capitalized early. Changed the momentum of the game." - Cam Ward on rebounding against the Devils
WHAT'S NEXT: The Blackhawks will host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. CT. The game will be on NBCSCH or can be heard on WGN 720 or streamed on NHL.tv and via the NBCSCH MyTeamsApp.