Kane, Dach lead Blackhawks past Sabres 4-1
CHICAGO — Before Kirby Dach showed off his backhand Sunday night, Patrick Kane was the last player to record a multigoal game for the Chicago Blackhawks at age 18.
The lanky Dach and shifty Kane are two very different forwards, but there is something about Dach that Kane remembers from when he broke into the NHL.
“The confidence coming in at 18 to be able to just know that you’re a good hockey player,” Kane said, “and maybe that’s a little bit of what I see that we have some similarity.”
Kane and Dach led the way as the high-scoring Blackhawks beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 for their fourth straight victory.
Kane extended his goal-scoring streak to six games, and Dach scored twice. Jonathan Toews added his fourth of the season, and Corey Crawford made 33 saves.
“Each game I’m getting better,” Dach said. “I’m pushing myself to strive to be better.”
Kane won a battle with Buffalo defenseman Marco Scandella for a loose puck during a third-period power play, and then beat Carter Hutton on the glove side for his team-best 11th goal. The star forward has eight goals and nine assists during a nine-game point streak.
Jack Eichel scored his fifth goal in two days, but banged-up Buffalo lost for the seventh time in eight games. Eichel had four goals in the Sabres’ 4-2 victory over Ottawa on Saturday.
“Their chances were probably better than ours and, you know, we just didn’t play a good game,” Eichel said.
Buffalo played without forward Kyle Okposo, who left the win against the Senators with a possible head injury. Okposo accidentally collided with Senators defenseman Ron Hainsey after he got on the ice for a line change.
“It’s the type of injury that just needs a little space,” coach Ralph Krueger said. “We’ll know more for sure by tomorrow.”
Okposo was sidelined for part of last season after he was diagnosed with his third concussion in less than three years.
It has been a rough November for Buffalo, which recently lost Vladimir Sobotka, Marcus Johansson and Johan Larsson to injuries.
Dach, the No. 3 overall pick in the June draft, got each of his goals on the backhand side, extending his point streak to four games.
Dach’s shot from the left circle in the first went off the stick of a backchecking Eichel and fluttered over Hutton. He made it 2-0 in the second when he flipped a slick backhand into the net at 12:32 for his fifth goal in 14 games this season.
“He’s getting more comfortable with the league and he’s improving all the time,” coach Jeremy Colliton said. “He looks very under control out there and he makes plays.”
Krueger was impressed.
“It’s the first time I’ve seen him that close. He’s going to be an exciting player to watch in this league,” he said.