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RECAP: Blackhawks Down Ducks, 6-2

Four-goal second period propels Chicago to third straight victory

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

The Blackhawks picked up their third straight win with a four-goal second period en route to a 6-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night at the United Center. 

Dylan Strome struck twice and Drake Caggiula, Alex Nylander and Patrick Kane all scored for Chicago in the win, while Corey Crawford made 37 saves on the night. 

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Strome picked up his second multi-goal game of the season and a three-point performance in the win. 

STAT OF THE NIGHT: With assists on the first Blackhakws goal, Adam Boqvist and Kirby Dach became the first pair of players born in the 2000s to factor on a goal in NHL history. 

UP NEXT: Chicago hosts the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night at the United Center (TICKETS).

 
GAME RECAP

The Blackhawks wasted no time finding the net as Caggiula scored on the game's opening shot at 2:07 of the first period. Dach skated through the high slot and left the puck for Boqvist at the point, who fired a pass to Caggiula at the side of the crease for an easy redirect and the game's opening goal. It's the third time this season that Caggiula has scored in back-to-back games, accounting for six of his nine goals on the year. 

Video: ANA@CHI: Caggiula opens the scoring with tip in

Strome snapped a 14-game goalless drought early in the middle frame to give Chicago a 2-0 lead at 3:46 of the period. Duncan Keith's shot from the point went wide of goal, but ricocheted right to Strome at the left side of the net for a quick score into the open cage behind John Gibson. 

Video: ANA@CHI: Strome puts home carom off the end boards

Anaheim answered back just 34 seconds later when Christian Djoos found Danton Heinen in the slot for a quick one-timer past a scrambling Crawford in goal, cutting the Blackhawks lead to 2-1. 

Things were all Blackhawks late in the second period, with a trio of goals from the home team in a span of 2:53. 

First, it was Strome with his second tally of the night, sneaking past his man on the rush and putting home a beautiful feed from Kane to beat Gibson blocker side. Lucas Carlsson sent a neutral-zone feed to Kane in the lead up to the tally, notching his first NHL point in his fourth career game. 

Video: ANA@CHI: Strome taps in Kane's feed for second goal 

Nylander flashed his quick hands, picking up an errant Ducks pass in the neutral zone and bringing it the other way on a 2-on-1 rush. With Jacob Larsson cutting off the feed to Toews, the rookie walked in solo on Gibson and pulled the puck quickly to his backhand before sending it skyward for a 4-1 Blackhawks lead at 18:07 of the second. 

Video: ANA@CHI: Nylander buries backhand on the rush

Just 15 seconds later, it was Kane with a tally of his own - tying Dominik Kubaik for the team lead at 29 - at the 18:22 mark. Strome picked up a loose puck in the corner of the offensive zone and sent it around the boards to Nylander on the far side. The winger recollected the puck after losing it off the boards amidst a trio of Ducks, before sending a feed to Kane in the slot for a quick finish while surrounded by white jerseys. 

Video: ANA@CHI: Kane one-times goal from the slot 

Malcolm Subban officially made his Blackhawks debut - albeit a brief one - early in the third period after Crawford was pulled from the game following a collision in front. The veteran returned to the crease after being cleared by the medical staff. Subban was in net for 1:09 of elapsed game time following his acquisition eight days ago. 

The Ducks scored their second of the night as Carter Rowney tipped home a Larsson shot from the point at 8:26 of the third, cutting Chicago's lead to 5-2. 

Kampf regained the four-goal lead at the 15:03 mark of the third off a feed from Matthew Highmore. Highmore won a puck back at the point as the Ducks were exiting their own zone and curled down the wall before finding Kampf in front for a one-timer to make it 6-2 Chicago for the final. 

Video: ANA@CHI: Kampf scores in 3rd period

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