The Chicago Blackhawks continued their winning ways with a 6-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday. The Coyotes did not have a chance in this one, unlike Sunday’s opponent in the Boston bruins. The Coyotes’ goals came late, when the outcome of the game was already decided. The Blackhawks have now won three games in a row and went over the 100-point mark for the sixth time in seven seasons. (The lockout-shortened season in 2012-13 does not count).
With only two games left in the regular season, the Blackhawks will finished their regular-season home schedule with the St. Louis Blues on Thursday before traveling to Columbus for a Saturday tilt.
Here are five things we learned from the victory over the Coyotes.
1. Patrick Kane is on fire. In his last three games, Kane has five goals and three assists. He had one goal and one assist versus Arizona after his hat trick and one assist performance against the Bruins. Kane now has 44 goals on the season. He is second in the league in goals to Alex Ovechkin (47 goals). Kane currently leads the league with 102 points. He is on pace to be the first American to lead the league in scoring for an entire season.
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2. Dynamic duo. When Kane and Jonathan Toews score goals in the same game the Blackhawks have not lost this season. The Blackhawks are now 13-0-0 this season when Kane and Toews score.
3. Artemi Panarin has returned to form. Panarin is the reigning NHL Player of the Week, and tonight he continued his hot streak. He has three assists in the Blackhawks’ victory. That makes three goals and eight assists in his last three games. Panarin is the first rookie since Teemu Selanne in 1992-93 season to have three consecutive games with three or more points.
4. Artem Anisimov left the game due to injury. Anisimov was driven into the boards by former Blackhawks forward Antoine Vermette. Vermette was given a game misconduct for his hit. Anisimov did not return to the game. Coach Joel Quenneville said the team would know more on Anisimov on Wednesday. He is day to day with an upper-body injury.
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5. Scott Darling‘s run as the Blackhawks’ starter is coming to an end. Darling made 29 of 31 saves Tuesday. Darling has been in the net since Corey Crawford was injured on March 14. Darling has made 10 consecutive starts, going 6-3-1 with wins in five of the Blackhawks’ last six games. It was announced earlier Tuesday that Crawford will start before the regular season ends and will be the opening-round playoff series starter in Game 1.