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Kane's four points boost Blackhawks to win against Jets

Has goal, three assists; Lehner makes 36 saves for Chicago

by Darrin Bauming / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Kane's wrist shot goal

CHI@WPG: Kane rips wrist shot past Hellebuyck

Patrick Kane skates into the left circle and fires a wrist shot into twine to extend the Blackhawks' lead to 4-1 in the 3rd period

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WINNIPEG -- Patrick Kane had a goal and three assists for the Chicago Blackhawks in a 4-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Thursday.

Alex Nylander had a goal and an assist, and Robin Lehner made 36 saves for the Blackhawks (14-16-6), who are 7-1-0 when playing the second of back-to-back games. They lost 4-1 to the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday.

"I thought we had a great start," Kane said. "Kind of identified the way we want to play. They had a push in the second [period], we didn't have a great period, but Robin made some big saves, we hung in there, were in a good position, [leading] 1-0 going into the third. Obviously we get a quick goal and score on the power play and get an insurance marker after that, so it's a good feeling in here."

 

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Tucker Poolman scored, and Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves for the Jets (20-13-2).

"When a team plays the night before and they come into your building, you've got to take it from them the first half of the game," Jets captain Blake Wheeler said. "The longer you let them hang around, the more they are going to build.

Nylander made it 1-0 at 59 seconds of the first period off a cross-ice pass from Kane.

"[The] first five minutes are slow for us," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "Then I thought from five minutes straight through to the end of the second we were right and good, and that was where our opportunity seemed to be to win the game. I think that the second goal knocked us down, quite a bit. We didn't carry momentum then. And then the third [goal] was the finisher."

Video: CHI@WPG: Nylander puts home the feed from Kane

Dominik Kubalik made it 2-0 at 37 seconds of the third period.

"I think we had the best third period with a lead so far this year," Lehner said. "I think we did all the right things. We were patient, played good defensively and capitalized on some of their [mistakes]."

Poolman cut it to 2-1 at 5:09 with a one-timer from above the right face-off circle.

Erik Gustafsson scored on the power play at 10:58 to make it 3-1.

Kane scored from the left circle off the rush to make it 4-1 with 3:21 remaining.

"He does such a good job stretching open the ice," Winnipeg forward Adam Lowry said of Kane. "His linemates do a good job taking care of their end and allow him to play to his strengths. Anytime he gets open ice, he's real dangerous. You saw that he can shoot, he can make plays. That's why he's one of the best players in the League."

Video: CHI@WPG: Gustafsson wires one-timer for PPG

 

They said it

"More than anything, it's easier to play hockey when you're playing with the lead, and you focus on your defensive end or just being where you have to be on the ice. And all of a sudden, they're pressing to get offense and score, and that opens up more offense for us." -- Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane

"Their goalie was pretty good. We had a lot of good chances, a lot of shots to the net. When you feel like a goalie is going like he was tonight, I don't think we got too much traffic in front of the net, and that's what you need to do. But we had our chances, and they didn't go in." -- Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers

Video: CHI@WPG: Kubalik slips puck past Hellebuyck

 

Need to know

Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad left the game in the second period with a right ankle injury after taking a hit from Jets defenseman Luca Sbisa. He is expected to be out a couple of weeks, coach Jeremy Colliton said. … Kane passed Doug Wilson for seventh on Chicago's games-played list (939). He has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past four games. … Lehner is 5-1-0 in the second of back-to-back games this season. … The Jets have lost two straight at home after winning their previous five at Bell MTS Place. … Winnipeg center Mark Scheifele had his seven-game point streak end.

 

What's next

Blackhawks: At the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday (9 p.m. ET; ESPN+, ALT, NBCSCH+, NHL.TV)

Jets: At the Minnesota Wild on Saturday (2 p.m. ET; SN, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV)

Video: Kane's four points lift Blackhawks to 4-1 victory

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