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5 Thoughts: Chicago Blackhawks extend win streak with victory over Red Wings

By Juliana Nikac
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Connor Murphy #5, Dylan Strome #17 and Dominik Kahun #24 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after Strome scored against the Detroit Red Wings in the first period at the United Center on February 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Connor Murphy #5, Dylan Strome #17 and Dominik Kahun #24 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after Strome scored against the Detroit Red Wings in the first period at the United Center on February 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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The Chicago Blackhawks extended their win streak to seven games today with a victory over an old rival. Here are five thoughts on the ‘Hawks 5-2 defeat of the Detroit Red Wings.

1 – Second line = 1st star of the game

The Chicago Blackhawks’ win streak wouldn’t still be alive if the second line didn’t score the team’s first three goals of the game. They were, without a doubt, the most noticeable line on the ice tonight for the ‘Hawks and seemed to ignite their chemistry early on with good zone time. Eventually, Dominik Kahun was rewarded with his 10th goal of the season and Dylan Strome picked up his 14th of the year.

The third goal of the game came off a smooth transition play, with Alex DeBrincat handing the puck off to Strome, who found Kahun streaking down the middle of the ice and into the zone. Not a single Red Wing had him covered, and Kahun buried the backhand past Jonathan Bernier.

If this second line can continue to connect like for the rest of the season, the coaching staff shouldn’t mess with them next year, either. It’s clear there’s something brewing between these three guys.

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