CHICAGO – Three weeks ago, it was viewed as a nice moment on a Sunday afternoon when they picked up a victory at the United Center.
That was against the Capitals – the defending Stanley Cup champions – and the Blackhawks’ 8-5 victory snapped a five-game losing streak. It was more of a moral victory for a team that appeared in a rebuild the rest of the season and that coupled with a win two days later of the Islanders gave the Blackhawks some momentum before the All-Star break.
But on this Sunday, a victory by Jeremy Colliton’s team continued their longest winning streak of the season and keeps them right in the hunt for a playoff spot.
Dominik Kahun’s two goals along with an assist on linemate Dylan Strome’s highlighted his big day in which the Blackhawks made an early lead stand up in a 5-2 victory at the United Center. It’s now seven-in-a-row for the Blackhawks, keeping them within four points of the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
Patrick Kane added a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to 14, and Cam Ward’s 43 saves helped to hold off a late Red Wings rally in another successful Sunday for the Blackhawks.
It was the line of Kahun, Strome, and Alex DeBrincat that got things going on Sunday afternoon with a pair of first period goals. Kahun got the first goal with Strom and DeBrincat assisting 11:04 into the game, with Strome getting the second goal with the others on the line helping out to make it 2-0.
Detroit rallied for a goal in the second but Kahun’s 11th goal of the year 7:45 into the third period made it a two-goal lead again. Gustav Nyquist got the Red Wings back within a goal with 4:30 left, but Kane squashed their hopes under a minute later when he scored his 33rd goal of the year to make it 4-2.
Ward held his own the rest of the way and Toews put in an empty netter late to continue the surprising run by this Blackhawks’ team that started on a Sunday three weeks before this one.