How it happened: After falling behind 2-0 early in the third period, capping a listless 42-minute performance, the Blackhawks rallied back and seized control. Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp scored less than a minute apart, bringing the game back on even terms midway through the third. Then with exactly 18 seconds to play, Kane netted his second of the night, whipping a backhand shot past Reto Berra to seal the win for the visitors.
What it means: The Blackhawks have won four straight and improve to 18-4-4 on the season. The St. Louis Blues also were victorious Wednesday, meaning the Blackhawks continue to hold a one-point edge in the Central Division. With 40 points on the year, they lead the NHL’s overall standings.
Player of the game: Antti Raanta was exceptional in his first NHL start and was the biggest reason the Blackhawks were in the game after 40 minutes. The 24-year-old netminder made 20 saves, many of the brilliant variety, all the while showing the poise of a seasoned veteran in a game that could have gotten out of control.
Stat of the game: Kane’s goal at 9:42 of the third period extended his point streak to a career long of 12 games. Kane has now registered seven goals and 10 assists in a dozen contests since Nov. 3.
What’s next: Chicago’s seven-game road trip wraps up Friday and Saturday night with a back-to-back set against the Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes. The Hawks return home on Tuesday to face the Stars once again before going back on the road for a quick layover in St. Paul, Minn., to face the Wild.