Patrick Kane set a franchise record, Teuvo Teravainen ended his goal drought and the Chicago Blackhawks snapped their losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night.
Kane is now the Blackhawks' all-time point streak record holder at 22 games after assisting on Artemi Panarin's empty-net goal to close out the victory. Earlier in the third period, Teravainen scored the game-winning goal -- his first in several weeks -- to give Chicago a one-goal lead that it wouldn't relinquish.
The Hawks pushed early Sunday and appeared to get on the scoreboard early when a puck deflected off Marcus Kruger's skate and past goaltender Michael Hutchinson. A review overturned the call, however, because the referees decided that Kruger had made a "distinct kicking motion" in order to propel the puck into the net. The call wasn't a no-brainer as Kruger was being dragged down on the play, but regardless, no goal.
Luckily Marian Hossa made up for things minutes later by getting a goal of his own. Hutchinson allowed a rebound right at the door step that Hossa corralled and wrapped around the goalie to give the right winger his fifth goal of the season and the Hawks a 1-0 lead.
The Jets responded early in the second period to tie the game with a bizarre sequence that saw Chris Thorburn score a goal that practically nobody noticed. Play initially continued after the goal until a whistle was blown and the referees announced that, hey, y'all missed a goal. At first it seemed confusing since nobody had really acknowledged the goal when it happened, but replays clearly showed Thorburn fire the puck past Crawford and into the net.
And then came the third period, where Teravainen scored his game-winning goal and Kane assisted on Panarin's empty-netter to clinch the win. It's great to see the two skilled players -- one off to a historic hot streak this season, the other not so much -- get on the scoreboard against a team that's typically given the Hawks trouble. If the Hawks can get production from the second line and other guys like Teuvo, watch out.
Here's the Panarin goal that helped Kane set the record:
Kane continues to lead the NHL in assists (26) and points (42) with the dish on Panarin's goal. The Russian rookie is currently eighth in assists (18) and tied for seventh in points (27) among the league leaders.
The Hawks did see one major loss out of the game, however. Defenseman Trevor Daley left in the second period with an apparent head injury following a nasty collision with Thorburn and needed assistance to be carried off the ice and into the locker room. The team eventually announced that he wouldn't return. Now we're still awaiting an update on Daley's status going forward, although from the look of things it seems like he might miss some time.
Chicago improves to 14-9-4 with the victory. Winnipeg drops to 13-13-2.