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Kane sets point streak mark, Blackhawks top Jets

by Brian Hedger

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane extended his point streak to a franchise record 22 games in the Blackhawks' 3-1 victory against the Winnipeg Jets at United Center on Sunday.

Kane's hand pass from the Blackhawks' defensive zone led to an empty-net goal by rookie left wing Artemi Panarin at 18:14 of the third period to keep the streak alive and surpass Bobby Hull, whose 21-game streak in 1971-72 was the previous record. Hull attended the game and said before the game that he was pulling for Kane to break the record.

"It was up on the glass there and I just kind of threw it to the middle of the ice," said Kane, who watched Panarin receive the puck, pull it around defenseman Tyler Myers and shoot it into the vacated net from the neutral zone. "It's not your usual point, I guess, but I think the exciting part was just how into it the crowd was when the announcement was made and hearing how excited they were. That was a fun little feeling there."

Kane's streak is the longest by an American-born player.

It almost ended. The Jets did a good job of eliminating time and space whenever Kane got onto the ice, whether it was 5-on-5 play or during three unsuccessful Chicago power plays.

Kane's line, which includes Panarin at left wing and Artem Anisimov at center, wasn't able to assert it's usual dominance. The Blackhawks' top line, centered by captain Jonthan Toews, picked up the slack.

Marian Hossa, the right wing on that line, had a goal and assist, and left wing Teuvo Teravainen scored what turned out to be the game-deciding goal in the first minute of the third period.

"[Hossa] had a great game today," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "That was his best game of the year. He scored, made a great play at the net, made a couple great back checks tonight and that line had a great start to the third period. Teuvo scores a big goal for us as well. Nice to get some contributions away from [the second] line."

Corey Crawford made 30 saves for the Blackhawks (14-9-4), who ended a three game losing streak. Michael Hutchinson made 29 saves for the Jets (13-13-2), who got a goal from Chris Thorburn.

"It was a tight game," Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. "We played hard. I'm happy with our game. You don't like the result and it's a wining business, I understand that. It was a little slow in the first, halfway through the first, but I think that was what we were trying to do with the puck in the neutral zone, and then we were good after that."

The Blackhawks took a 1-0 lead in the first on Hossa's fifth goal at 17:56, which he scored off a rebound of a point shot by defenseman Brent Seabrook. The Blackhawks had a goal by center Marcus Kruger overturned at 12:50 of the first after a video review that determined he kicked the puck into the net.

Chicago lost defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk for much of the first following a blocked shot, but he returned later in the period.

Blackhawks defenseman Trevor Daley collided with Thorburn at 10:35 of the second period. Thorburn's right knee appeared to hit Daley's head and sent him to the ice. Daley was down for a couple minutes and was helped up before leaving the ice with assistance. He did not return and no update was given after the game.

Winnipeg tied it 1-1 at 5:34 of the second on Thorburn's goal, which he scored after Toby Enstrom threw the puck toward the crease from behind the net. It deflected off Crawford's left pad before Thorburn sent it to the back of the net.

The puck quickly bounced out, and play continued for 45 seconds before it was reviewed during a stoppage and ruled a goal.

Chicago responded with Teravainen's fifth goal, which gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead 21 seconds into the third.

"We had some good scoring chances and their goalie just made some good saves," said Hutchinson, who came into the game 0-6-1 with an .851 save percentage in his previous seven starts. "We played well all game and I don't think anyone on our team really had any doubts that we had control of the game, so it's frustrating to lose a game that you’re feeling that well in."

The assists on Teravainen's goal went to Hossa and defenseman Duncan Keith, who extended his point streak to six straight games. Prior to the game, Chicago recalled left wing Bryan Bickell from Rockford of the American Hockey League.

Bickell played on the third line and had seven hits, including a big one late in the first that knocked former Blackhawks defenseman Dustin Byfuglien to the ice. Byfuglien retaliated and was called for roughing to give Chicago a power play.

"I heard [the crowd cheer]," Bickell said. "It's funny. I was getting choked, and I was trying to swallow and I had a couple guys on my back, but to draw the penalty and see the crowd react after that was special."

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