GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Blackhawks picked up right where they left off with a thrilling 3-2 shootout win over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night in the desert for the sixth win in their last seven outings.
Brandon Saad scored twice and Corey Crawford stopped 40 of the 42 shots he faced in the win.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Crawford's 40 saves earned his 10th win of the season, the 10th straight season he's hit double-digit wins.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 12 games with assists on both Saad goals, tying the fifth longest streak of his career. He had a 15-game point streak earlier this season from Nov. 2-30, the third longest of his career.
UP NEXT: Chicago travels to Minnesota to face the Wild for the second time this season on Tuesday night.
In a back-and-forth opening few minutes, Corey Crawford kept the game 0-0 early, denying a Conor Garland breakaway attempt with a kick save using his right skate at the 4:13 mark of the first.
Saad wasn't done there, finding the net again in the second period, once again on a feed from Kane. Following a breakaway chance from Kane denied by Raanta, Kriby Dach corraled the puck in the near-side corner and found Kane in the opposite corner, who quickly sent a pass into the slot for a Saad one-timer to give Chicago a 2-0 lead at 4:36.
Arizona would answer minutes later as Carl Soderberg fired a shot from the corner that Crawford turned away with the pad, but right to Brad Richardson in the slot who cut the Blackhawks lead to 2-1 at 8:58 of the second.
Just before the middle frame ended, the home side pulled even at 2-2 courtesy of Garland off the rush. The forward came in with speed down the left side and fired a wrist shot into the far, top corner, beating Crawford's glove for his team-leading 17th of the season.
Crawford made another incredible stop in the third period, going post-to-post to deny Taylor Hall's backdoor attempt with a glove snag at the 4:45 mark.
Already with two on the night, Saad was inches away from completing the hat trick late in the third, picking up a puck in the slot and putting a backhander over the sprawled-out Raanta, but the Coyotes netminder made an incredible stop, kicking up the heel of his skate to keep it 2-2.