- Scott Powers, ESPN Staff Writer
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How it happened: Jeremy Morin has been making the most of his opportunity for the Blackhawks as of late. Morin scored the first goal and had the primary assist on another for the Blackhawks on Sunday. The Blues took a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal by Jaden Schwartz in the first period. Morin tied the game at 8:34 of the second period. The Blackhawks went ahead when Morin set up Patrick Sharp for a goal at 19:33 of the second period. The Blackhawks extended their lead to 3-1 with an early third-period goal by Marcus Kruger. Vladimir Sobotka cut the Blackhawks’ lead to one goal with 2:02 left in the third period. Ben Smith scored an empty-net goal with 3.3 seconds left in the third period. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 21 saves, and Blues goaltender Brian Elliott made 31.
What it means: The Blackhawks are on their first three-game winning streak since December. They last won three consecutive games from Dec. 8 to 11. They went 2-1-2 against the Central-leading Blues this season. The Blackhawks improved to 45-19-15 with 105 points on the season. They trail the Colorado Avalanche by one point for second place in the Central. The Blackhawks have three regular-season games remaining. The Avalanche have five games remaining, and play the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night. The Blackhawks are 3-0-0 despite Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews being out of the lineup the last eight days. Sharp has been a reason for that. He has three goals and two assists in the last five games.
Player of the game: Morin was a healthy scratch on March 30. He’s played the last three games and has two goals and two assists during that span.
Stat of the game: Sharp had six shots on goal. He’s had six or more shots three times in the last five games.
What’s next: The Blackhawks host the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. Chicago lost to the Canadiens 2-1 in overtime on Jan. 11.