CHICAGO – Patrick Kane reached 1,000 career points when he picked up an assist on Brandon Saad’s third-period goal, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Sunday night for their season-high fifth straight win.
Kane became the 90th player in NHL history to reach the milestone with 5:46 left. The All-Star winger passed from behind the net to Ryan Carpenter in the right circle. Carpenter then fed a wide-open Saad at the left side of the net for an easy tap-in before goalie Connor Hellebuyck could slide across the crease.
The 31-year-old Kane got an extended ovation from the crowd of 21,487 and was mobbed by teammates after extending his point streak to 10 games. Saad made sure to pick up the puck before joining the celebration.
Alex Nylander and Erik Gustafsson each had a goal and an assist for Chicago, which has climbed back into the Western Conference playoff race with an 11-4-0 run. David Kampf also scored and rookie Dominik Kubalik added an empty-netter for his 10th goal in his last seven games.
Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine scored for Winnipeg. Hellebuyck stopped 28 shots in the Jets’ fourth loss in five games.
Robin Lehner made 36 saves for the Blackhawks, who killed six Jets power plays. Four of the man advantages were created by minor penalties on Chicago forward Drake Caggiula.
Chicago led 2-0 after the first period.
Nylander opened the scoring at 2:51. Alone in front of the net, Nylander took Gustafsson’s feed from the point, faked Hellebuyck to the ice and slid in a backhander from the left side.
Gustafsson got his sixth with 5:49 left on a high screened shot from the left point that sailed past Hellebuyck’s glove and ticked in off the right post.
Lehner was sharp in blocking nine shots as the Blackhawks killed a four-minute Jets power play early in the second. Caggiula had been whistled for interference and unsportsmanlike conduct.
Scheifele cut it to 2-1 with 1:43 left in the second on the Jets’ 27th shot.
Scheifele plowed through traffic to the net and picked up the puck at the edge of the crease after Nikolaj Ehlers partially fanned on a shot from inside the blue line. Lehner stopped Scheifele’s first attempt, but he tucked in a rebound with a backhander for his 23rd goal.
Kampf increased Chicago’s lead to 3-1 at 9:29 of the third. Rookie Kirby Dach drove to the net and was stopped by Hellebuyck, but Kampf got past defenceman Anthony Bitetto and poked in the rebound.
After Saad’s goal made it 4-1, Laine connected on a point-blank chance with 2:09 left.
Kubalik fired into an empty net with 1:34 to go.
NOTES: Kane, a nine-time All-Star, reached 1,000 points in 953 regular-season games. He is in his 13th season. … Jets F Adam Lowry suffered an upper-body injury after being decked by Caggiula with 16 seconds left in the first period. … Winnipeg D Carl Dahlstrom (upper body) missed his second game, D Tucker Poolman (lower body) sat out his third and D Nathan Beaulieu (lower body) missed his ninth. … The Blackhawks re-assigned F Dylan Sikura to Rockford of the AHL.
Jets: At Carolina on Tuesday for the second stop on a three-game trip.
Blackhawks: Host Florida on Tuesday. Panthers coach Joel Quenneville will face his former team for the first time. Quenneville guided the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup titles over 10-plus seasons, but was fired in November 2018.
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