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3 up, 3 down from Blackhawks’ 5-4 shootout win over Sabres

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NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Chicago Blackhawks Nuccio DiNuzzo-USA TODAY Sports

Artem Anisimov scored two goals, and the Blackhawks defeat the Sabres 5-4 in a shootout Thursday at the United Center.

With the victory, Chicago extended its home winning streak to eight games in the season series against Buffalo.

3 up

Patrick Kane

Kane had two secondary assists on both of the Blackhawks’ first-period goals to pass Steve Larmer for fourth on the franchise’s all-time points list with 924 points in his 888th career NHL game. Stan Mikita (1,467), Bobby Hull (1,153) and Denis Savard (1,096) are the top three. Kane now has 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) in 17 career games against his hometown Sabres, including six this season.

Brendan Perlini

Perlini scored his third goal in as many games after only tallying three goals in his first 29 games with the Blackhawks. Perlini recorded a team-high six shots while skating on the third line with Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat. Perlini has stepped up his game since watching “Free Solo” and Drake Caggiula (concussion) being out of the lineup, and is taking advantage of the additional ice time.

Let’s see the Blackhawks’ top-six look like this for a few games:

Saad — Toews — Kane

DeBrincat — Strome — Perlini

Jonathan Toews

Kane wasn’t the only one with two assists as Toews also dished out two helpers. Toews now has points in eight of his last nine games, including four multi-point games. He’s put together a nice bounce back season so far with 69 points (29 goals, 40 assists) in 67 games. His career high of 76 points from the 2010-11 season is within reach.

3 down

Quick letdown

The Blackhawks killed off the remaining time on David Kampf’s tripping penalty to start the second then allowed three unanswered goals in the span of 3:29 minutes for Buffalo to take the lead just 6:45 into the middle frame. It seems like time and time again the Blackhawks continue to give up those early period goals and lose control of whatever momentum they had going.

Special teams

The Blackhawks went 0-for-5 on the power play against the Sabres, and allowed a shorthanded goal by Zach Bogosian.

John Hayden

For the third time this season, the Blackhawks started a game with Brandon Saad, Toews and Hayden on the top line. The Blackhawks dropped the first two games: 8-3 on Nov. 27 to Vegas and 6-3 on Dec. 11 at Winnipeg. Hayden, however, didn’t last too long on the top line as he played a team-low 6:25 minutes of ice time and 26.67 Corsi-For percentage. He did draw a penalty, but the Blackhawks had nothing to show for it.

What’s next?

A nap

The Blackhawks visit the Stars on Saturday at American Airlines Center in Dallas.