RAPID REACTION: The second line of the Blackhawks stayed hot and led the way with their dominating play, spurring a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday afternoon, extending Chicago’s win streak to seven games.
Video: Kahun, Ward lead Blackhawks past Red Wings, 5-2
Dominik Kahun put the Blackhawks on the board at 11:04 of the opening frame when he buried his 10th goal of the season. Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome recorded the assists, extending their point streaks to eight and four games respectively.
Strome increased the Blackhawks lead to 2-0 at 18:03 of the first with his 14th goal of the season, assisted by Kahun and DeBrincat.
The Red Wings finally got on the board at the 15:00 of the second period when Christoffer Ehn rifled a shot top-shelf.
Kahun buried a backhander for his second goal of the game and 11th of the season at 7:45 of the third to put Chicago ahead 3-1. No surprises here… Strome and DeBrincat had the helpers.
Video: Dominik Kahun on Dylan Strome, line chemistry
Detroit’s Gustav Nyqvist scored from the slot to make it a 3-2 game with 4:30 remaining in regulation.
Patrick Kane would not be denied his 14-game point streak, scoring with 3:33 left on the clock to steal back the two-goal edge. And Kane assisted on the empty-netter by Jonathan Toews with 2:01 left to increase the lead to the final score of 5-2.
A LINE ON FIRE: With their three goals in the game, the line of DeBrincat-Strome-Kahun continued their recent dominance. The Blackhawks second line has been spurred by a consistent level of production.
DeBrincat is riding an eight-game point streak with five goals and 10 assists in that span. Strome is on a four-game run of his own, compiling two goals and eight helpers in those outings.
Kahun has also seen an offensive spark. He has three goals and five assists in his last four games.
THE ROOKIE RACE: The aforementioned Kahun is not likely to catch Vancouver’s rookie phenom Elias Pettersson in points – he has 50 thus far – but the Blackhawks first-year forward is right in the thick of the best-of-the-rest race.
With his three-point performance, Kahun moved into a tie for fifth in rookie scoring with 2018 third-overall pick Jesperi Kotkaniemi. With just one more points, he’d be tied for third. He’s also three points shy of Buffalo’s 2018 first-overall pick Rasmus Dahlin for second on the list.
“He’s a smart player. He makes great decisions with the puck. He can find you and he can also score, so he has almost everything.” – Dominik Kahun on playing with Dylan Strome
“We’ve been feeling good with each other and kind of take it game-by-game. We play good defensively and we know we’re going to get chances. Just got to put them in. Felt good for a couple of them to go in…We’ve gotten a couple goals each game, I think two in Minnesota, one in Edmonton, one last game and a couple tonight.” – Dylan Strome on chemistry with Alex DeBrincat and Dominik Kahun
WHAT’S NEXT: The Blackhawks head to Boston for a showdown with the Bruins on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. CT. The game can be seen on NBCSN and NBCSCH or heard on WGN 720 or streamed online on NHL.tv or via the NBCSCH MyTeamsApp.