Chicago Blackhawks: Rapid Reaction

Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 3, Panthers 0

February, 26, 2015
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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday at the BB&T Center:

How it happened: Left wing Teuvo Teravainen scored his third goal of the season 3 minutes, 8 seconds into the game on a "welcome back" shift. Teravainen, the Blackhawks' top prospect, was recalled Wednesday from the AHL's Rockford IceHogs after Patrick Kane was lost for perhaps 12 weeks with a broken clavicle. Brandon Saad doubled the lead with his 19th goal of the season at almost the exact same time in the second period, cashing in at the 3:07 mark. Jonathan Toews added an empty-netter in the final minute on a helper from Saad, whose goal was assisted by Duncan Keith and Marian Hossa.

What it means: The Blackhawks proved they can produce in a variety of ways -- something they are looking for after the loss of Kane. The Hawks also proved they could get a solid defensive effort in all facets against a club that took them to a shootout two nights earlier in Chicago. Goalie Corey Crawford was primed for the challenge.

Player of the game: It's a toss-up between Teravainen, who earned his keep in making good on the Blackhawks' decision to recall him, and Saad, who factored in two goals.

Stat of the game: Crawford stopped 20 shots, including nine in the second period, as the Blackhawks completed the sweep of the home-and-home series.

What's next: The Blackhawks complete the back-to-back set Friday night on the road against the Tampa Bay Lightning -- even as management continues to make calls ahead of Monday's trade deadline.

Rapid Reaction: Bruins 6, Blackhawks 2

February, 22, 2015
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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Boston Bruins' 6-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Sunday.

How it happened: The Bruins broke open the game by outscoring the Blackhawks 4-0 in the second period. Milan Lucic, Gregory Campbell, Dougie Hamilton and Reilly Smith all scored goals in the period. The Bruins earlier built a 2-0 lead in the first period behind goals by Patrick Bergeron and Loui Eriksson. Bryan Bickell and Jonathan Toews scored the Blackhawks’ goals. The Bruins scored two power-play goals. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford was pulled in the second period after allowing a fourth goal. He had 10 saves. Backup goaltender Antti Raanta replaced him and allowed two goals on 16 shots. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask had 26 saves. Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya was injured in the first period and did not return to the game.

What it means: Both teams were desperate for a win, and only the Bruins played like it. The Blackhawks were coming off a 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews called his team out after it. The Blackhawks didn’t respond. They fell to 2-2-3 on their eight-game homestand and 35-20-5 on the season. The Bruins snapped a six-game losing streak and improved to 29-21-9 on the season. Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane recorded a point and moved back into a tie with the Washington Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom for a league-best 64 points.

Player of the game:
Bergeron scored a goal and had two assists.

Stat of the game: The Bruins scored their first four goals on 14 shots.

What’s next: The Blackhawks close their eight-game homestand against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. The Blackhawks also play the Panthers in Florida on Thursday.

Rapid Reaction: Avalanche 4, Blackhawks 1

February, 20, 2015
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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Colorado Avalanche’s 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Friday:

How it happened: The teams were tied 1-1 before the Avalanche scored two power-play goals within 24 seconds in the third period. The Blackhawks’ Niklas Hjalmarsson and Patrick Sharp were both called for penalties on the same shift to provide the power plays. Gabriel Landeskog scored the first goal during a 5-on-3 power play at 11:05 of the third period. Tyson Barrie scored the second power-play goal at 11:29. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford handed the Avalanche their next goal, as he misplayed a slow-moving puck and it traveled into the net. Barrie also scored a first-period goal off a Brent Seabrook turnover. Kris Versteeg scored the Blackhawks’ lone goal. Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 of 28 shots. Crawford had 26 saves.

What it means: The Blackhawks had their seven-game points streak snapped. They fell to 2-1-3 on their eight-game homestand and to 35-19-5 on the season. The Blackhawks are five points behind the St. Louis Blues, who won on Friday, for second place in the Central Division. The Avalanche improved to 25-23-11 on the season. The Blackhawks have struggled to beat Varlamov in recent years. He has 195 saves on 203 shots in the past two seasons against them. Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane hasn’t recorded a point in the past three games, which is his longest pointless streak this season. The Blackhawks didn’t score in the first period Friday and have scored one first-period goal in the past 10 games.

Player of the game: Barrie had two goals and an assist in the win.

Stat of the game: The Avalanche blocked 26 shots.

What’s next: The Blackhawks will play the Boston Bruins in the seventh game of their eight-game homestand on Sunday. The Blackhawks defeated the Bruins 3-2 in Boston on Dec. 11.

Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 2, Penguins 1

February, 15, 2015
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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-1 shootout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the United Center on Sunday.

How it happened: The Blackhawks got the best of the Penguins in a shootout for the second consecutive time this season. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 36 of 37 shots and made one shootout save to give his team the win. Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson put the Blackhawks ahead 1-0 lead when he scored off a slap shot from near the blue line at 3:22 of the second period. It was his first goal since Nov. 9. The Penguins tied the game at 3:54 of the third period when Nick Spaling scored on a rebound. Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury had 31 saves.

What it means:
The Blackhawks won their second consecutive game and improved to 2-0-2 on their eight-game homestand. They’re 35-18-4 with 74 points on the season. They trail the Nashville Predators by eight points and the St. Louis Blues by two points in the Central Division. The Penguins fell to 32-15-9 on the season. Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa's scoring streak ended. He had scored seven goals in the previous four games.

Player of the game: Crawford has allowed one goal in each of the last two games.

Stat of the game: Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane compiled four penalty minutes in the first 56 games this season. He matched that on Sunday.

What’s next: The Blackhawks continue their homestand with the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. The Red Wings defeated the Blackhawks 4-1 in Detroit on Nov. 14.

Rapid Reaction: Canucks 5, Blackhawks 4 (OT)

February, 11, 2015
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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Vancouver Canucks' 5-4 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Wednesday:

How it happened: After allowing the Blackhawks to force overtime, the Canucks won the game on a goal by Daniel Sedin. The Blackhawks scored twice with goaltender Corey Crawford off the ice in the final 2 minutes, 11 seconds of the third period to extend it. Brandon Saad pulled Chicago within 4-3 with a power-play goal at 17:49. Crawford was lifted again shortly thereafter, and Marian Hossa tied the game with 54.5 seconds remaining. Vancouver twice led by two goals, building a 3-1 advantage with three consecutive second-period goals, then going up by a pair again in the third period. Hossa and Sedin each had two goals. Patrick Kane accounted for the Blackhawks’ other goal. Linden Vey, Bo Horvat and Zack Kassian also scored for the Canucks. Goaltender Eddie Lack made 37 saves; Blackhawks counterpart Crawford finished with 31.

What it means: The Blackhawks aren’t exactly taking advantage of their eight-game homestand. They lost in a shootout in the Arizona Coyotes to open the stretch Monday before this loss to the Canucks. Picking up a point Wednesday was an achievement, however. The Blackhawks fell to 33-18-4; the Canucks improved to 30-20-3. The Blackhawks’ defensemen had their share of troubles in Wednesday’s loss. A Johnny Oduya turnover led to the Canucks’ first goal, and David Rundblad was behind the second one. Hossa continued his hot streak -- he has scored six goals in the past three games.

Player of the game: Sedin scored two goals, including the winner.

Stat of the game: The Blackhawks had 19 shots on goal in the third period.

What’s next: The Blackhawks continue with the third game of the homestand against the New Jersey Devils on Friday. The Blackhawks defeated the Devils 3-2 in a shootout in New Jersey on Dec. 9.

Rapid Reaction: Coyotes 3, Blackhawks 2 (SO)

February, 9, 2015
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CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Arizona Coyotes' 3-2 shootout victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Monday:

How it happened: The Coyotes scored twice in the shootout to pull out the road win. The Blackhawks forced overtime when Marian Hossa scored his second goal of the night to even the game at 12 minutes, 18 seconds of the third period. The Coyotes had gone up 2-1 earlier in the frame when Antoine Vermette redirected a shot from Oliver Ekman-Larsson into the net at 3:59. Chicago got on the board first when Hossa scored at the net off a pass from Jonathan Toews at 12:44 of the second period. The Coyotes tied it at 1-1 when Shane Doan scored a power-play goal later in the second period. Arizona killed off all four of its penalties, including one in overtime. Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith stopped 36 of 38 shots. Blackhawks goaltender Antti Raanta had 27 saves on 29 shots.

What it means: The Blackhawks didn't start their eight-game homestand as they were hoping. They knew coming into the game the Coyotes were playing better than the last time they were in Chicago -- a 6-1 Blackhawks victory on Jan. 20. The Blackhawks dropped only their third overtime/shootout game of the season and fell to 33-18-3. The Coyotes improved to 20-27-7. Hossa has come alive the past two games -- he also scored the final two goals against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday. It's the first time he scored goals in consecutive games this season.

Player of the game: Smith has been a different goaltender of late. He has held opponents to two goals or less in five of his past six starts.

Stat of the game: The Coyotes had two short-handed shots on goal, and the Blackhawks had two power-play shots on net.

What's next: The Blackhawks continue their homestand against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday. Chicago lost to the Canucks 4-1 in Vancouver on Nov. 23.

Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 4, Blues 2

February, 8, 2015
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ST. LOUIS -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center on Sunday.


How it happened: There has rarely been much difference between the Blackhawks and Blues over the last two seasons, and that continued to be the case on Sunday. Marian Hossa broke a 2-2 tie, scoring the game-winning goal with 8:41 remaining in the third period when he put home a shot from the slot off a pass from Brandon Saad on a power play. Hossa added an empty-net goal in the final minute. The Blackhawks scored first in the game when Marcus Kruger snapped a 27-game goal slump at 4:38 of the first period on a 2-on-1 rush. The Blues answered when Vladimir Tarasenko juked Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford at 6:52 of the second period. Bryan Bickell put the Blackhawks back ahead at 11:25, and the Blues tied it again with a goal by David Backes later in the period. Crawford made 25 saves on 27 shots. Blues goaltender Brian Elliott had 24 saves.

What it means: The Blackhawks finished their seven-game road trip, which began on Jan. 21, with a big win. The Blackhawks went 4-3-0 on the trip. They faced two possible playoff opponents in their last two games and won both. They picked up a 2-1 overtime win over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday. It’s the Blackhawks’ second two-game winning streak since Jan. 1. The Blackhawks improved to 33-18-2 on the season with 68 points. They’re four points behind the Blues, who fell to 34-15-4, and six points behind the Nashville Predators in the Central Division. The Blackhawks and Blues play twice more with both games coming in the final week of the regular season.

Player of the game: Hossa’s goal numbers are down this season, but he came through with a couple key ones on Sunday.

Stat of the game: The Blackhawks and Blues have been tied or within a goal of each other in the third period in 13 of their last 14 meetings over the last two seasons.

What’s next:
The Blackhawks return home and play the Arizona Coyotes on Monday. It’s the first game in an eight-game homestand. The Blackhawks defeated the Coyotes 6-1 at the United Center on Jan. 20.

Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 2, Jets 1 (OT)

February, 6, 2015
Feb 6
10:09
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Here's a snapshot of the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-1 overtime win over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night at the MTS Centre.

How it happened: Brandon Saad scored his 16th goal of the season with 1:59 left in overtime as the Blackhawks snapped a two-game skid.

The Jets opened the scoring early in the first period via Mark Scheifele, who fired home his first goal in 11 games. Patrick Kane leveled the game with 2:50 gone in the second frame with his 26th on an unstoppable deke to snap the Hawks' scoreless drought at nearly two and a half hours.

Corey Crawford made 20 saves in the win.

What it means: The win brings the Hawks out of a two-game funk after they were previously shut out in both San Jose and Minnesota during their current seven-game road trip. The Hawks also gained some valuable ground on the St. Louis Blues, who were blown out 7-1 in Columbus on Friday. Chicago is within six points of both Nashville and St. Louis, who both sit at 72 points.

Chicago crept within a win of .500 since Jan. 1. The Blackhawks are 7-8-0 in that time.

Player of the game: Kane had five shots on goal, converting on one of them in the second period, and was all over the ice creating chances.

Stat of the game: The Blackhawks scored their first goal since last Friday, a span of 149:25 of game time. Kane got the marker, his team-leading 26th of the season.

What's next: The Blackhawks head to St. Louis to finish up their seven-game road trip Sunday night before heading back to Chicago to start an eight-game homestand Monday.

Rapid Reaction: Wild 3, Blackhawks 0

February, 3, 2015
Feb 3
9:42
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videoST. PAUL, Minn. -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday:

How it happened: Minnesota opened up a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Mikko Koivu and Jason Zucker and followed up with a dominant second, eventually extending their lead to three goals. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford (40 saves) was the only reason Chicago's deficit wasn't five or six.

What it means: The Blackhawks lost in consecutive games for the first time on their seven-game road trip and are now 2-3, with games still to come against teams that would be in the Stanley Cup playoffs if they started today. Chicago is 6-8-0 since Jan. 1. The Blackhawks hadn't been shut out in consecutive games since October 2006.

Player of the game: Koivu had two points, but Zucker was a force all night, scoring Minnesota’s critical second goal on a pretty breakaway chance midway through the first period. He was also robbed by Crawford on another chance all alone in the second period. Zucker finished the night a plus-2 and was by far the most electric player on the ice.

Stat of the game: Minnesota’s 24 shots on goal in the second period established a new franchise record. Crawford made 23 saves, including several on grade-A chances, to keep Chicago's slim hopes alive.

What's next: The Blackhawks play Friday against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre before concluding their marathon road trip Sunday against the St. Louis Blues.

Rapid Reaction: Sharks 2, Blackhawks 0

February, 1, 2015
Feb 1
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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Chicago Blackhawks threw everything they had at former teammate Antti Niemi on Saturday, but everything wasn't enough, as Niemi made 31 saves in a 2-0 San Jose Sharks victory at SAP Center.

How it happened: The Blackhawks came out looking a little leg-weary in their third game in four nights. The Sharks scored early in the first period, and Marian Hossa took an interference penalty at 12 minutes, 33 seconds of that frame, when he got caught behind the play in the Sharks' end. Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta had to make two nice stops to kill the power play. Despite leading the NHL in first-period goals (55), the Hawks managed just nine shots and trailed 1-0 at the first intermission.

Jonathan Toews missed two point-blank, short-handed attempts on a prone Niemi at 14:35 of the second period, before Niemi was able to slide the puck beneath himself and get a stoppage.

Raanta stopped a point-blank shot by Matt Nieto six minutes into the third, just moments after blocking a breakaway by Barclay Goodrow.

The Hawks pulled Raanta for an extra attacker with 80 seconds to play, and when Joe Thornton got behind the Hawks at Chicago's blue line just 10 seconds later, the empty-netter was as easy as it could be.

What it means: The Hawks dominated the first meeting between the teams by jumping out to a 3-0 first-period lead on their way to a 5-2 victory Nov. 9. San Jose was playing the second game of a back-to-back set and its third game in four days.

This time, the roles were reversed. The Hawks are in the midst of a seven-game road trip and played their third game in four nights at the tail end of a back-to-back after clobbering the NHL's best, the Anaheim Ducks, on Friday night.

The Hawks played a solid game and demonstrated great effort despite the fatigue, but they ran into a hot goalie in Niemi, who was 4-0-1 in his previous five starts with a 2.00 goals-against average and .927 save percentage in the victories.

Player of the game: Niemi stopped everything thrown at him -- and a lot was thrown at him. Niemi recorded his 31st NHL shutout and 24th as a Shark.

Stat of the game: Saturday's game was the first in NHL history to feature goaltenders both named Antti.

What's next: The Hawks continue their marathon road trip with a stop Tuesday in St. Paul to face the Minnesota Wild.

Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 4, Ducks 1

January, 30, 2015
Jan 30
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Chicago Blackhawks bounced back from a tough loss two nights earlier and played a near-flawless game Friday in toppling the Western Conference-leading Anaheim Ducks 4-1 at Honda Center.

How it happened: The Blackhawks were penalized in the first three minutes of the game when Duncan Keith tripped a stick-less Corey Perry and went to the box. Chicago killed that man advantage thanks to a great save by Corey Crawford on Kyle Palmieri's shot from just outside the crease. Less than a minute after killing the penalty, Ducks center Ryan Kesler mishandled the puck in his own end and the rubber made its way from Patrick Sharp to Patrick Kane, who made a nifty pass from the slot through the skates of Anaheim defenseman Hampus Lindholm and onto the tape of Jonathan Toews, who was just below the right dot. He bobbled the puck momentarily but had plenty of time to collect and shoot into the far side of the net for a 1-0 lead. Keith and Kane added second-period goals, and the three-goal deficit proved too much for the Ducks, who also lost the night before at the San Jose Sharks.

What it means: Chicago fans who remember the Blackhawks losing seven straight games coming out of the All-Star break three years ago can breathe a little easier. Chicago made up for a 4-3 loss Wednesday at the Los Angeles Kings in which it surrendered two goals in the final two minutes. Better yet, the Blackhawks moved to within six points of the Ducks, who have dropped two in a row for the first time since losing back-to-back games to the Blackhawks and Sharks at the end of November.

Player of the game: Crawford kept the Ducks at bay until they scored a power-play goal just past the midway point of the third period, on their 21st shot. The Blackhawks haven't played well in the final period this month -- and particularly poorly during the final 10 minutes -- but Crawford held strong down the stretch to improve to 19-11-2. Sharp assisted on all four goals to tie his career high, most recently reached when he collected four against the Dallas Stars in November 2013. Kane had two goals and an assist, and Sharp and Kane each finished at plus-4.

Stat of the game: Kane and Toews scored in the same game for the 58th time, including the playoffs.

What's next: The Hawks continue north on their seven-game trip, meeting the Sharks on their fourth stop Saturday night.

Rapid Reaction: Hawks 3, Penguins 2 (F/SO)

January, 21, 2015
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PITTSBURGH -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-2 shootout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center on Wednesday evening.

How it happened: Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each scored a shootout goal, and Corey Crawford stopped two shootout attempts to give the Blackhawks the win. The Blackhawks built a 2-0 lead behind a goal from defenseman David Rundblad in the first period and a power-play goal by Marian Hossa at 2:41 of the second period. The Penguins answered in the second period and tied the game with goals by Zach Sill at 5:21 and Steve Downie at 12:22. The Penguins dominated possession for much of the game and had a number of quality chances but couldn't convert. Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves. Crawford had 33 saves in the win.

What it means: The Blackhawks weren't at their best, but they found a way to pull out the victory. They won consecutive games for the first time in 2015. They improved to 30-15-2 on the season and are now 6-3-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season. The Penguins dropped to 26-12-8 on the season. The Blackhawks struggled in their possession game for the most part, aside from the line of Brandon Saad, Toews and Hossa.

Player of the game: Crawford kept the Blackhawks in the game all night and was clutch in the shootout.

Stat of the game: Toews won 15 of 22 faceoffs.

What's next: Five Blackhawks will be heading to Columbus, Ohio, for the NHL All-Star Game. The rest of the team will have a break. The Blackhawks next play at the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 28. Chicago will have six consecutive road games after the All-Star Game.

Rapid Reaction: Jets 4, Blackhawks 2

January, 16, 2015
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CHICAGO – Here’s a quick look at the Winnipeg Jets' 4-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Friday:

How it happened: The Jets scored twice in 28 seconds midway through the third period to defeat the Blackhawks. The teams had been tied 1-1 since the first period. The Jets forged ahead when Zach Bogosian set up Bryan Little at the net for a power-play goal at 9 minutes, 31 seconds of the frame. Moments later, Chris Thorburn redirected a shot by Adam Lowry into the net to give the Jets a two-goal advantage. Blackhawks rookie Teuvo Teravainen scored his first career NHL goal at 12:43 of the third to cut the lead to one. Jets forward Andrew Ladd scored an empty-net goal with 28.2 seconds remaining. Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson made 31 saves in the win -- the same number as losing Blackhawks counterpart Corey Crawford. Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad and Bogosian accounted for the teams' first-period goals. Jets forward Mathieu Perreault suffered an apparent arm injury after being cross checked by Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo late in the second period and did not return.

What it means: The Blackhawks and Jets have the makings of a fun playoff series. They put together one of the more entertaining periods of the season in Friday's opening stanza, knocking each other around and creating offensive chances. The Jets swept the season series in Chicago with three consecutive wins and have a four-game winning streak at the United Center dating to last season. Winnipeg is now 24-14-8 and has won its past three; the Blackhawks fell to 28-14-2.

Player of the game: Bogosian scored a goal and had the primary assist on another. He has three goals and 10 assists on the season.

Stat of the game: The Blackhawks aren’t a hitting team, but they came out motivated against the Jets. The Blackhawks had 11 hits in the first period. They had a total of eight hits in their previous game.

What’s next: The Blackhawks remain at home and host the Dallas Stars on Sunday. The Blackhawks defeated the Stars in their previous two meetings this season.

Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 4, Wild 1

January, 11, 2015
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CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday at the United Center:

How it happened: The Blackhawks had been lacking early jump in recent weeks, and they finally brought it against the Wild. They scored twice in the opening eight minutes to build a 2-0 lead. Jonathan Toews set up Marian Hossa at the net for the first one, and Patrick Kane stick-handled through three defenders to get the puck to Bryan Bickell at the net for the second. The Blackhawks extended the lead to 4-0 when Brad Richards knocked in a rebound and Johnny Oduya scored in the slot during the second period. Matt Cooke scored the Wild's lone goal in the third period. The Wild's Jason Zucker missed a penalty shot in the second period. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 36 of 37 shots. Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom had 31 saves on 35 shots.

What it means: The Blackhawks defeated the Wild for the second time in four days. The Blackhawks won 4-2 Thursday in Minnesota. Sunday's win was one of the more complete ones the Blackhawks have put together in the past three weeks. The Blackhawks improved to 28-13-3 with 58 points. They're in second place in the Central Division, behind the Nashville Predators, who have 60 points in 41 games. The Wild dropped their fifth consecutive game and fell to 18-18-5. The Blackhawks recorded their 250th consecutive regular-season sellout, which dates to the 2007-08 season.

Player of the game: Kane had the primary assist on two goals. He's tied for third in the league with 47 points. He has seven points in January, which matches his total in January 2014.

Stat of the game: The Blackhawks led after the first and second periods. They improved to 15-1-0 when leading after the first period and 15-0-0 when leading after the second period.

What's next: The Blackhawks have the next four days off before hosting the Winnipeg Jets on Friday. The Blackhawks are 0-2-0 against the Jets this season.

Rapid Reaction: Oilers 5, Blackhawks 2

January, 9, 2015
Jan 9
11:19
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EDMONTON, Alberta -- Here’s a glimpse of what happened in the Chicago Blackhawks' 5-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on Friday night.

How it happened: A two-goal performance from forward Brandon Saad was not enough for Chicago, playing the second game of a back-to-back set.

The Blackhawks again took an early lead -- on a Saad tap-in past Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens off a Jonathan Toews rebound 7 minutes, 34 seconds into the first period -- only to see the Oilers equalize just over a minute later when Benoit Pouliot buried a scramble in front of Antti Raanta. After Saad tied the game 2-2 on a nearly identical goal in the second period, Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry put a second-chance strike past Raanta to regain the lead 46 seconds later. Nail Yakupov would provide insurance in the waning minutes of the third by cashing in on a 2-on-0 chance with Taylor Hall, and Hall followed with an empty-netter to make it it 5-2.

What it means: The Oilers claimed their first victory over the Blackhawks at Rexall Place since Feb. 2, 2012, when Sam Gagner tied an Oilers franchise record with eight points in an 8-4 win. The Hawks split the two-game road swing, which began with a 4-2 victory Thursday at Minnesota.

Player of the game: Center Derek Roy continued his revival with the Oilers since arriving from the Nashville Predators in a Dec. 29 trade for Mark Arcobello, adding a goal and two assists Friday to increase his totals to two goals and three assists in six games with Edmonton.

Stat of the game: Saad, in his third season, surpassed the 100-point plateau for his career.

What’s next: The Blackhawks return to the United Center to begin a four-game homestand that starts with the Wild at 7 p.m. Sunday.

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