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RECAP: Blackhawks Top Sabres, 4-1

Chicago remains perfect in back-to-backs and picks up fourth straight win

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

The Blackhawks remained perfect in the second half of a back-to-back and pushed their winning streak to four straight games with a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night at the United Center.

Kirby Dach found the net twice and Corey Crawford stopped 33 of the 34 shots he faced in his fourth win of the season. 

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Dach extended his point streak to four games (4G, 2A) with the first multi-goal performance of his career.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: Brent Seabrook became the 192nd player in NHL history to play in 1,100 games on Sunday in Chicago. He's second all-time in Blackhawks appearances behind Stan Mikita (1,394).

UP NEXT: Chicago hosts the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night at the United Center (TICKETS).


Dach opened the scoring with his first at 15:43 of the first off a give-and-go with Dominik Kubalik. Andrew Shaw found Dach with a breakout pass in his own end and the No. 3 overall pick found Kubalik on the near boards bafore getting it right back as he entered the zone with speed. He lowered his shoulder and threw a backhand shot towards goal that deflected off Jack Eichel's stick and past Carter Hutton for a 1-0 lead. 

Video: BUF@CHI: Dach flips backhanded shot past Hutton

It was Dach once again on the backhand in alone on Hutton in the second period for his second of the night. Zack Smith brought the puck through the neutral zone and found Dach barreling down the wing on the near-side boards. The pass sprung Dach in alone on Hutton, where he moved the puck to his backhand and beat the Sabres netminder for the second time on the evening. 

Video: BUF@CHI: Dach buries beautiful backhanded goal

Patrick Kane continued his red-hot month of November in the third period with a power play goal off the advantage's opening draw. Kane stole a puck inside the circle and fired a quick wrister that beat Hutton for a 3-0 lead at 3:42. No. 88 is now on a nine-game point streak (8G, 9A) and has goals in six straight games. 

Video: BUF@CHI: Kane whips shot by Hutton for a PPG 

Jonathan Toews got in on the scoring just a few minutes later, cleaning up a chance from Brandon Saad. Saad drove the net off the rush, but was unable to get a clean shot off, instead corraling the puck in the corner and finding Toews trailing through the slot behind the play. The captain took a quick shot to beat Hutton on the blocker side at 8:57 of the third. 

Video: BUF@CHI: Toews scores in 3rd period

Eichel would spoil the Blackhawks bid for the first shutout of the season less than a minute later, beating Coery Crawford at 9:39 of the third to cut Chicago's lead to 4-1, which would hold as the final.

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