The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Jets on Sunday to keep their win streak going. Besides the big win, Patrick Kane got his 1,000th career point.
Coming into this game, the Chicago Blackhawks were on a four-game winning streak. Before puck drop, the Blackhawks were five-points out of the playoffs. Their opponent, the Winnipeg Jets, we’re the team two points ahead of the Blackhawks.
First Period (A Rating)
The game started off fast with the Blackhawks getting great chances early. Kirby Dach had a great chance to break his scoreless drought but passed the puck to Alex DeBrincat. Three minutes into the game, Alexander Nylander scored his sixth goal of the season.
With 16 seconds left in the period, Drake Caggiula took an interference penalty. That would make it two games in a row, the Blackhawks would start the second period on the Penalty Kill.
After 20 minutes, it’s 2-0 in favor of the Blackhawks.
Second Period (B Rating)
The Blackhawks started the period up 2-0. The Jets started with 1:44 left on the Power Play. After killing that penalty, Caggiula got another penalty. This time, it was interference and unsportsmanlike conduct. That gave the Jets a four-minute Power Play.
The Blackhawks killed off both penalties, which gave the team a lot of momentum. Robin Lehner deserves a lot of credit. He made a lot of great plays. They really showed why they’re a top 10 team on the Penalty Kill during those four minutes.
The Blackhawks had their first try on the Power Play when Anthony Bitetto got called for tripping. On the Power Play, Patrick Kane had a few quality chances to get his 1,000th career point. If Kane’s stick didn’t break, who knows what could have happened during those last 20 seconds of the Power Play.
Right after the Blackhawks killed the penalty, Caggiula went to the box for the third time tonight. This time it was for tripping. All of these penalties are keeping Kane off the ice. It doesn’t help the team at all.
Lehner was unreal during this period. He helped kill off eight minutes of the Jets’ Power Play. Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith also played a big role in the Penalty Kill. Caggiula just needs to stay out of the box.
With less than three minutes to go, Mark Scheifele cut the Blackhawks’ lead in half.
2-1 in favor of the Blackhawks after 40 minutes of play.
Third Period (A+ Rating)
Halfway into the period, David Kampf scored his seventh goal of the season. That goal made the game 3-1. Dach got an assist on the play, which gave him his first point in 12 games. That hopefully gets the monkey off of Dach’s back.
Nylander drew a hooking penalty from Scheifele. That gave the Blackhawks their second Power Play of the game. Just like the first Power Play, the Blackhawks couldn’t take advantage of the situation and score.
With 5:46 minutes left in the period, Brandon Saad scored a tap in goal, which Kane got the secondary assist on.
Kane is now the 90th player in NHL history to hit the 1,000 point mark. He also is the fourth Blackhawks’ player to ever do it.
Kane and Toews both continued their point-streaks.
5-2 Chicago, final.
Overall (A Rating)
There was another exciting feel to this game. The Blackhawks are now on a five-game winning streak.
To keep this streak going, they have to stay out of the box. Only a few guys kill penalties on the team. The more penalties, the more tired the guys that kill them get. Lehner, Toews, and Keith deserve a lot of credit for how well they played a man down. Eight minutes of penalties without giving up a single goal is amazing.
It’s very important for the Blackhawks to finish off the Panthers game strong before the All-Star break. The Blackhawks are now just three points from the last wildcard spot. Things are going to get interesting after the All-Star break.
Congratulations to Kane for getting his 1,000th career point.
Blackhawks’ Goals: Nylander, Gustafsson, Kampf, Saad, and Kubalik
Jets’ Goals: Scheifele, Laine