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5 Takeaways: Zack Smith scores two first-period goals, Corey Crawford stays sharp in Montreal

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5 Takeaways: Zack Smith scores two first-period goals, Corey Crawford stays sharp in Montreal

Zack Smith scored two goals in the first period, Patrick Kane got another point closer to 1,000 and Corey Crawford had another great outing in his hometown in the Blackhawks' 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Here are five takeaways:

Two for Smith

Smith scored two first-periods goals against the Canadiens. The forward only had two goals in his first 40 games with Chicago this season before Wednesday. 

Drake Caggiula stole the puck from Montreal goalie Charles Lindgren, who was trying to play it behind the net. Caggiula then passed it to Smith in front to make it 1-0 Hawks at 5:42 of the first period. 

Smith got his second goal of the period at 8:32, when he tipped in Slater Koekkoek's shot from the blue line. 

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Kane recorded his 998th career NHL point in Montreal, passing the puck to Alex DeBrincat for a power-play goal from the high slot at 11:27 of the second period to give the Hawks a 3-1 lead.

Home Crow cookin'

Crawford continued his stellar goaltending in his hometown. He saved 32 of 33 shots on Wednesday. Crawford entered the game with a .971 save percentage in Montreal and recorded a .970 save percentage in his latest outing there. The goalie also had a 48-save shutout in Montreal last year. He improved to 6-0-2 in his native land. 

Good start to road trip

So far the Blackhawks have grabbed all four points out of their first two games on the Eastern Canada trip. Chicago has also won three straight games. 

They beat the Senators 3-2 in overtime in Ottawa on Tuesday and face the Maple Leafs (25-16-6) in Toronto on Saturday to close out the trip. 

Drake doing it

After assisting on the first goal of the game, Caggiula scored on a breakaway after picking a defenseman's pocket at 11:40 of the third period to give the Hawks a 4-1 lead. He's been more and more active in each of the four games he's played since missing 27 with a concussion. 

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Blackhawks reportedly trade goalie Robin Lehner to Golden Knights

Blackhawks reportedly trade goalie Robin Lehner to Golden Knights

First reported by TSN's Darren Dreger, the Chicago Blackhawks traded goalie Robin Lehner to the Vegas Golden Knights. TSN's Chris Johnston reported the Hawks will receive a second-round pick and a prospect.  Dreger also tweeted that goalie Malcolm Subban would be going to Chicago in the trade. Subban has an .890 save percentage in 19 starts with the Golden Knights this season.

Johnston later tweeted that the final return for Lehner was: Subban, a second-round pick and University of Denver defenseman prospect Slava Demin. Demin is a teammate of Hawks' prospect Ian Mitchell, also a D man, at Denver. 

Lehner signed a one-year, $5 million free-agent contract with Chicago the past offseason, making him an unrestricted free agent after this year. 

The 28-year-old netminder - who was a Vezina Trophy finalist last year with the New York Islanders - was 16-10-5 as a Hawk this season with 3.01 goals-against average, a .918 save percentage and zero shutouts.

Lehner and Chicago goalie Corey Crawford had been evenly splitting the net for the Blackhawks. Crawford has a 2.80 goals-against average, a .915 save percentage and one shutout this season. 

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Blackhawks trade Erik Gustafsson to Flames ahead of NHL deadline

Blackhawks trade Erik Gustafsson to Flames ahead of NHL deadline

The Blackhawks traded defenseman Erik Gustafsson to the Calgary Flames per Sportsnet's Eric Francis. Francis later tweeted Chicago's return for Gustafsson was a third-round pick. 

The puck-carrying defenseman had 26 points (six goals, 20 assists) with the Hawks this season after finishing last year with a career-high 60 points (17 goals, 43 assists). 

The 27-year-old blueliner carries a $1.2 million cap hit and will become an unrestricted free agent after this season. 

The Swede had 116 points (28 goals, 88 assists) in four seasons with the Blackhawks after being selected No. 93 overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. 

Gustafsson admitted his uncertain future was weighing on him in Chicago this season. 

"I don't know how I can't block it away," Gustafsson told NBC Sports Chicago earlier this month. "At the start of the year I was nervous going in, if I'm going to sign here or if I'm going to be traded or something like that. I think that just affected my game and I was thinking about that instead of thinking about my game on the ice."

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