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Kane has goal, two assists in Blackhawks win against Canucks

Crawford makes 36 saves for Chicago, which scores twice on power play, once shorthanded

by Scott King / Independent Correspondent

Kane adds insurance goal on PP

VAN@CHI: Kane rifles wrister into the net for PPG

Patrick Kane fires a sizzling wrister from the circle that beats Jacob Markstrom's glove for a power-play goal, doubling the lead to 3-1 late

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CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists for the Chicago Blackhawks, who ended the Vancouver Canucks' eight-game point streak with a 5-2 win at United Center on Thursday. 

Dylan Strome had three assists, and Corey Crawford made 36 saves for Chicago (5-7-3), which scored twice on the power play and once shorthanded. 

"I think we had a pretty solid game all around," Strome said. "When you're playing with the lead, you're not really chasing it. You're kind of comfortable. I thought [Crawford] did a good job of making some big saves when it was 1-0. It was a good game all around." 


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J.T. Miller and Jake Virtanen scored, and Jacob Markstrom made 32 saves for Vancouver (9-4-3), which was 5-0-3 during the streak.

"No, we weren't ready to start the game," Miller said. "We weren't moving our feet, weren't executing. Got behind the eight ball early. It's hard to come back in the League. They've got a lot of talent over there. I don't think we had the start we were looking for."

Video: VAN@CHI: DeBrincat nets stellar goal while falling

Kane made it 3-1 at 14:54 of the third period, scoring on the power play with a shot from the point. 

David Kampf extended it to 4-1, scoring shorthanded into an empty net with 2:07 remaining.

Virtanen cut it to 4-2 with 1:01 left before Brandon Saad scored into an empty net with six seconds remaining for the 5-2 final. 

Alex DeBrincat gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead at 6:41 of the first period, scoring from the slot while falling down. 

"Kind of saw the guy coming there so tried to put it through his stick, and I was going to try to go on a breakaway, but I started falling so just tried to get a puck on net," DeBrincat said. "I think I surprised [Markstrom]. Pretty lucky it went in, but I guess that's what you get when you shoot the puck."

Andrew Shaw scored on the power play to make it 2-0 at 18:43. Kane sent a pass from the right circle to Strome at the goal line, and he found Shaw in front of the crease for the tic-tac-toe goal. 

Miller cut it to 2-1 at 1:02 of the second period with a power-play goal from the left of the crease after deflecting a pass from Elias Pettersson off the shaft of his stick. 

Chicago was the last of the 31 NHL teams Miller hadn't scored a goal against. 

"I just don't think we were very good," Canucks coach Travis Green said. "We didn't look sharp, we didn't handle the puck very well. I thought we've had some players who just didn't … We just weren't very good tonight, some players. And we've talked a lot about that, our consistency in our game. If 100 percent is your best game, you can't play a 60 percent game. You have to find a way to play at least 80. We just weren't very good tonight."

Video: VAN@CHI: Shaw beats Markstrom with rocket PPG


They said it

"We just need to get some energy. Got to have some fun. These guys -- all players -- play better when they're happy and they have some joy in their game. We're back at home and everyone's comfortable here and playing, as I said, a difficult opponent that's had a very good start. I think they had that energy and the game's easier." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton 

"I mean, they play a lot like we want to start, coming out forechecking really hard, and you can't score unless you throw the puck toward the net. It's pretty simple." -- Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom 


Need to know

Canucks defenseman Christopher Tanev left in the first period with an upper-body injury. … Vancouver had not lost in regulation since Oct. 19 (1-0 at the New Jersey Devils) … Pettersson has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in the past nine games. ... Canucks forward Bo Horvat has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the past nine games. … It was the first time since Feb. 22 (5-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche) that the Blackhawks scored two power-play goals in the same game. … Shaw ended a 12-game goal drought. … Kane has seven points (two goals, five assists) during a four-game point streak. 


What's next

Canucks: At the Winnipeg Jets on Friday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TSN3, SNP, NHL.TV)

Blackhawks: At the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, ATTSN-PT, NBCSCH, NHL.TV)

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