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RECAP: Blackhawks Down Canucks, 5-2

Full details from Chicago's 5-2 win over Vancouver on Thursday night at the United Center

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

A little home cooking did the Blackhawks good as they took a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night at the United Center, fresh off a 10-day road trip. 

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Patrick Kane notched his second three-point game of the season with a game-winning goal and two assists.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: The trio of Dylan Strome (2G, 4A), Alex DeBrincat (2G, 2A) and Kane (1G, 2A) have combined for at least two points on six of the Blackhawks last eight non-empty net goals at the United Center. 

UP NEXT: Chicago heads back on the road to face Pittsburgh on Saturday night before returning to the United Center on Sunday against Toronto (TICKETS).


The Blackhawks wasted no time finding the scoresheet with a fantastic individual effort from The Cat himself.

Following a quick breakout from Kane, Strome found DeBrincat crossing the Canucks blue line with speed. DeBrincat cut from his backhand to his forehand just inside the zone as Quinn Hughes knocked him off balance. With Cat-like reflexes, DeBrincat ripped a quick shot while falling and beat Jacob Markstrom over the right shoulder at 6:41 of the first. 

Video: VAN@CHI: DeBrincat nets stellar goal while falling

Just before the end of the opening frame, Kane and Strome played the setup roles again as Andrew Shaw netted his third of the season on the power play. Kane started with the puck on the half wall and found Strome just below the goal line, who sent a one-touch pass to Shaw alone in the slot for the one-timer tally. 

Video: VAN@CHI: Shaw beats Markstrom with rocket PPG

The Canucks pulled one back just a minute into the second, as J.T. Miller redirected an Elias Pettersson cross-ice feed into the net with the shaft of his stick on the power play at 1:02. 

Chicago would answer with a power play tally of their own late in the third, as Kane rifled a slap shot from the point past a Strome screen in front to make it 3-1 at 14:54. 

Video: VAN@CHI: Kane rifles wrister into the net for PPG

David Kampf added his third of the season, deflecting an Olli Maatta zone clearancce into the empty Canucks goal mouth at 17:53. 

Vancouver made it a two-goal deficit once again with 61 seconds left on the clock as Alexander Edler found the net in tight and beat Corey Crawford to make it 4-2.

Brandon Saad added the second empty netter with five seconds on the clock to seal the 5-2 win. 

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