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THREE THINGS: Dach's Day, Kane Streaking and Confident Crawford

Three takeaways from Chicago's 4-1 win over Buffalo on Sunday night

by Chris Kuc @ChrisKuc /

The Blackhawks continue to roll.

Kirby Dach scored two goals while Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews each added one to help lift the Blackhawks to a 4-1 victory over the Sabres on Sunday night at the United Center.

Corey Crawford made 33 saves to record the win in goal and raise his career record against the Sabres to 11-0-0.

The Blackhawks have won four in a row and five of their last six to raise their record to 9-7-4 on the season. They are now 4-0-0 in the second of back-to-backs after stopping the Sabres a night after throttling the Predators 7-2 in Nashville.

"It's nice to get on a little bit of a run here," Kane said. "It's something we've been waiting for all season. We play pretty well in these back-to-backs so it's nice to put a little stretch together and feel good about our game. Obviously, we're getting production from all over the lineup right now and I think that's key if you're going to go on some winning stretches."

Said Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton: "Definitely, it's a big win. We're collecting points and good teams … collect points whether they're really good or just OK or even when they're not as good. There is a confidence and we're making a lot of plays but I think defensively we were quite good.

"We turned the puck over a little bit in the third but overall we were pretty solid," Colliton added. "I thought the penalty kill (4-for-4) was really good, they have some weapons over there and we responded quite well."

Video: Dach nets two goals in Blackhawks' 4-1 win vs. Sabres

Here are three takeways:


Dach scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season - both of them on backhanders that beat Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton - to stake the Blackhawks to a 2-0 lead they never relinquished.

"I'm starting to play good," Dach said. "I have a lot of confidence in myself and the team is playing good so I think that kind of helps out with individual success. When your team is going the right way and you're winning games and scoring goals and your top players are producing - I'm not saying I'm a top player or anything - it helps a lot when everybody is kind of going and we're scoring."

The Blackhawks - Kane in particular - attempted to get Dach his third goal of the game for his first career hat trick, but the rookie couldn't convert despite several close calls late in the game.

"I obviously wanted it pretty bad," Dach said. "'Kaner' gave me a couple of nice chances and I might owe him a steak dinner for missing those ones."

It sounded like Kane might take Dach up on the offer of a steak dinner.

"I was just telling him, I probably could have backhand shelfed that one," Kane said. "I took a goal away from myself, too, to try and hit him in the slot. He had a couple of chances. It would have been cool to see him score three backhanders."

Despite not netting the third score, the 18-year-old Dach continues to impress his teammates.

"He's getting confident and he's playing well," Kane said. "I think the biggest thing with him is he can skate with the puck and he can lug it up the ice. When you do that, and you can drive the middle of the rink, there are going to be some opportunities for you and your linemates."

Video: Dach on two-goal night


Kane continues to pile up the points. In the third period, the veteran winger extended his point streak to nine games, during which he has eight goals and nine assists.

"I'm playing with two good players," Kane said. "(Dylan) Strome and (Alex) DeBrincat are making really good plays out there. Sometimes you get hot and some pucks and things find their way in the net. You find yourself in good areas, even when you're not playing your best. Even for our line, we have another level, too."

Kane, who said he had a "ton" of family in the building, said it's always fun to score against the team for which he rooted for growing up in Buffalo.

"For sure," said Kane, who now has 11 goals and 13 assists in 18 career games against the Sabres. "Obviously, there's probably more meaning playing in Buffalo, but still seeing that jersey brings back a lot of memories growing up and watching that team. It's always good to get one against them."

Video: Kane on Dach


Crawford said he didn't know why he's been so successful against the Sabres throughout his career.

"It's weird how that works out," Crawford said. "I don't know if it's the schedule or I just kind of have their number. I don't know. I don't want to say anything too bad. Bad karma."

Crawford improved to 4-4-2 on the season while upping his save percentage from .908 to .914.

"It was a great team effort," Crawford said. "Our PK was solid. I don't think (the Sabres) had anything from the middle on their power play, which is great. Just shots one-timers from the side. I just have to try and control the rebound and our guys take care of the rest."

After Robin Lehner got the win against the Predators, the Blackhawks were able to start Crawford on the second of the back-to-back, giving them a strong one-two punch.

"I still felt a little tired and I didn't even do anything (Saturday)," Crawford said jokingly. "Getting old, I guess, I don't know. Robby's been playing so good. Obviously, I want to try to get as much ice time as I can but when you have another goalie that's playing so well, why not just go back and forth? But I think we're both wishing to get a few in a row. But it's working right now, so we can't complain."

Video: Crawford on beating BUF

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