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RECAP: Blackhawks 7, Sabres 3

The Blackhawks pick up their third straight win with a 7-3 victory over Buffalo.

by Leah Pascarella /

RAPID REACTION: Patrick Kane, Drake Caggiula and Brandon Saad had multi-point games and Cam Ward made 40 saves in the Blackhawks' 7-3 victory over the Sabres.

Chicago's penalty kill was tested early after Erik Gustafsson was called for delay of game just one minute into play. Caggiula opened up the scoring at KeyBank Center with a beautiful backhand at the doorstep. This marked Caggiula's first goal as a Blackhawk.

Patrick Kane beat Carter Hutton on the rush to add another goal for the visitor's early in the second period. This marked Kane's 900th NHL point and 30th goal this season. Duncan Keith crashed the net just a few minutes later to give the Blackhawks a 3-0 lead.

Jack Eichel beat Cam Ward to get the Sabres on the board, but Brandon Saad responded with a top shelf shot to make it 4-1. Saad skated in his 500th NHL game tonight.

Jason Pominville scored early in the third to put the Sabres within two and a goal from Kyle Okposo made it a one-goal game. Connor Murphy found the back of the net with just over eight minutes remaining and Kane and Saad solidified the visitor's lead with an empty-netter apiece.

Video: CHI@BUF: Kane beats Hutton for 900th NHL point

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Patrick Kane tallied two goals and two helpers in the Blackhawks' 7-3 win over the Sabres. Kane has 903 NHL points in 873 games.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: Patrick Kane picked up his 900th NHL point and 30th goal of the season with his second period wrister. Kane now ranks fifth in Blackhawks history for points behind Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull, Denis Savard and Steve Larmer. This is third time he has scored 30 goals in the past four seasons.

Video: CHI@BUF: Ward makes pair of saves on Skinner


"Sometimes things are just kind of going your way. I didn't really feel that great in the first, but after that we picked it up. Obviously, it's nice to score on your first shift in the second, gives you some confidence. I think our line has been pretty good the last few games since we've been together so we try to continue that and not be satisfied." - Kane on win in Buffalo

"I'm really happy for him. It's hard to come back and play in your hometown. I'm really happy to see the puck go in the net for him. He just finds a way to produce, he makes so many plays. That line is doing a great job for us. Obviously 900 points, to do it here is special." - Coach Colliton on Kane

WHAT'S NEXT:  The Blackhawks finish off this back-to-back in Minnesota against the Wild on Saturday night. The game is at 7 p.m. CT and can be seen on NBC or heard on WGN 720.

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