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RECAP: Blackhawks Top Jets, 5-2

Patrick Kane notches 1,000th NHL point on home ice in victory

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

The Blackhawks pushed their winning streak to a season-high five straight games as they topped the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Sunday night at the United Center. 

Eric Gustafsson and Alex Nylander each had a goal and an assist and Robin Lehner earned his 15th win of the season, but the story of the night was Patrick Kane picking up his 1,000th career point with a third-period assist in the victory. 

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Lehner stopped 36 of the 38 shots he faced on the night to give Chicago its longest winning streak of the season at five straight games. 

STAT OF THE NIGHT: With an assist on Brandon Saad's goal, Kane became the 10th American-born player and the fourth all-time Blackhawk to reach 1,000 NHL points. 

UP NEXT: Chicago heads into the All-Star break with a meeting against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night at the United Center (TICKETS).


GAME RECAP

The Blackhawks opened the scoring for the third straight game as Nylander found his sixth of the season at 2:51 of the first. Gustafsson found the wide-open forward in the slot, where he cut to the side of the net before sliding a backhand shot past the sprawled-out Connor Hellebuyck in goal for a 1-0 lead.

Video: WPG@CHI: Nylander nets backhander near the crease

Gustafsson found the net on a chance of his own before the end of the opening frame, taking a feed from Nylander off the boards and faking a slap shot before walking down the wall and firing a wrister from the top of the circle that banked off the far post and in for a 2-0 Chicago lead at 14:11 of the first. 

Video: WPG@CHI: Gustafsson nets wrist shot through traffic

The Jets got on the board towards the end of the second period as Mark Scheifele picked up his own rebound of an in-tight shot on Lehner and put the rebound around the netminder and into the goal to cut Chicago's lead to 2-1 at 18:17. 

David Kampf re-gained the two-goal advantage at 9:29 of the third cleaning up the rebound on a Kirby Dach shot off the rush. In a 2-on-2, Dach put a low shot on goal that sat at the top of the crease after a Hellebuyck save. Kampf drove the net and slid a shot just inside the post for a 3-1 Blackhawks lead. 

Video: WPG@CHI: Kampf taps in loose puck

Kane hit his long-awaited milestone at 14:14 of the third period, collecting a puck behind the net, feeding Ryan Carpenter on the side of the ice, who sound Saad in front for a 4-1 lead and a place in history. 

Video: WPG@CHI: Kane gets 1,000th NHL point on Saad's goal

The Jets would score a second time minutes later as Patrick Laine scored his 16th of the season to make it a 4-2 game. 

Dominik Kubalik added an empty netter to seal the 5-2 win at 18:26 of the final frame. 

Video: WPG@CHI: Kubalik scores in 3rd period

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