Artemi Panarin scored two power play goals and Richard Panik tallied the game-winner in the third period to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to their third straight win with a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday at Barclays Center.
Scott Darling stopped 28 of 32 shots in his seventh consecutive start in place of Corey Crawford, who was placed on injured reserve after an appendectomy Dec. 3 in Philadelphia. Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook each had two assists. Keith’s second helper — his 20th on the season — moved him past Pierre Pilote for fourth-most points by a defenseman in franchise history with 478.
The Islanders found the net first, with former Hawk Andrew Ladd striking first — his fourth goal of the season — off a feed from Alan Quine at 2:14. Then at 3:48, Casey Cizikas scored on a rebound off a shot from Nikolay Kulemin.
But then the Hawks’ power play started clicking.
Seabrook set up Panarin for a one-timer that made it 2-1 at 9:47. On the second power play of the period, Anisimov capped a tic-tac-toe goal. Keith sent a cross-ice pass to Panarin, who did the same to Patrick Kane before Kane found Anisimov in front of the net to tie it 2-2.
Sixty-five seconds later, Ryan Hartman continued the passing display by setting up Marian Hossa’s 16th goal of the season with a nifty backhanded-feed at 14:08. But Ryan Strome tied it up with a deflected shot off Panik that bounced past Scott Darling.
The Islanders regained the lead just 22 seconds into the final period when Andres Lee deflected a shot past Darling.
Both teams seemed content to play overtime in the third period until Dennis Rasmussen found the puck behind the net and sent a pass to Panik, who knocked in the puck from the slot for the deciding goal at 13:47 of the third.
Down 2-0 after just four minutes, Hartman collied with Cizikas at center ice to draw a roughing penalty. Cizikas tried to get Hartman to drop the gloves, but the Chicago rookie wasn’t interested. The penalty led to the Hawks’ first of three power play goals.
SCH 3 Stars
1. Panarin (2 power play goals, 1 assist)
2. Duncan Keith (2 assists)
3. Richard Panik (Game-winning goal)
Play of the game
The Hawks scored one of the prettiest power play goals this season.
The Blackhawks score one of the prettiest power-play goals you'll see pic.twitter.com/Ik3p2hHdix— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) December 16, 2016
Panarin sent a cross-ice pass to Kane, who found Anisimov in front to tap home the goal.
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The Hawks wrap up their three-game road trip with a visit to Central Division rival St. Louis on Saturday at Scottrade Center.