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RECAP: Blackhawks Fall to Jets, 5-2

Five unanswered goals, including a pair of empty-netters, see Chicago drop road trip opener in Winnipeg

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

The Blackhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but saw the Winnipeg Jets storm back with five straight goals, including a pair of empty-netters, to take a 5-2 win on Sunday night. 

Dominik Kubalik and Brandon Saad scored first-period tallies and Corey Crawford stopped 31 of the 34 shots he faced on the night.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Kubalik scored the opening goal and led all Blackhawks with four shots on the night.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: With an assist on Kubalik's opening goal, Jonathan Toews became the fourth member of the 2006 draft class to reach 800 NHL points, joining Nicklas Backstrom (915), Phil Kessel (855) and Claude Giroux (800).

UP NEXT: Chicago travels to Edmonton to face the Oilers on Tuesday night.


Chicago didn't need long to take the opening lead as Kubalik netted his 22nd of the season just 15 seconds in. Toews kept a puck in along the wall and found Drake Caggiula behind the net, who fed Kubalik in the slot with a backhander for the rookie to put home with a one-timer.

Video: CHI@WPG: Kubalik scores early on Toews' 800th point

No. 20 gave the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead just past the midway point of the opening frame, finishing a centering feed from Patrick Kane at the 10:58 mark. Playing in his first game as a member of the Blackhawks, Nick Seeler picked up his first point with a secondary assist on the goal.

Video: CHI@WPG: Saad buries one-timer from Kane

The Jets got on the board early in the second period while shorthanded as Andrew Copp fed Kyle Connor with a backhand saucer pass on a 2-on-1 that the forward put past Crawford at the 3:44 mark. 

Midway through the third, Blake Wheeler tied the game up on the power play, 2-2. Toews was sent to the box for tripping with an inadvertent takedown on Josh Morrissey and just 16 seconds into the man advantage, Wheeler brought the puck in off the rush and put a low-angle shot behind Crawford for the equalizer. 

Copp made it a 3-2 game at 15:27 of the third pulling a shot from the backhand to his forehand in tight and sending a rising shot over Crawford's shoulder on the near side for his second point of the night. 

Patrik Laine added an empty-netter at 18:37 and Connor a second one at 19:40 to give the Jets the 5-2 win. 

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