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A decade since the Blackhawks signed Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane to extensions

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A decade since the Blackhawks signed Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane to extensions

On Dec. 3, 2009, the Blackhawks wrote some of the grandest chapters of their rich history, along with some checks to fund them. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith all signed contract extensions with the Hawks on this day before going on the lift the Stanley Cup three times in a Hawks sweater.

Toews was 21 and the youngest captain in the NHL at the time he inked his five-year extension with a $6.3 million average annual value. The two-time Olympic gold medalist and Selke and Conn Smythe trophy winner played his 900th game with the Blackhawks on Monday and has 769 points (331 goals, 438 assists) with Chicago.

Kane, whose extension mirrored Toews', was also 21 at the time of the deal and went on to capture Calder, Art Ross, Conn Smythe and Hart trophies in addition to being the No. 1 overall pick of the 2007 NHL Draft and grabbing Olympic silver. Kane has 971 points (370 goals, 601 assists) in 930 games with the Hawks.

Toews and Kane signed another extension on July 9, 2014, with equal terms sporting an average annual value of $10.5 million through eight years. It was the highest AAV in the league when the contracts kicked in during the 2015-16 season. They are locked up through 2022-23 with a no movement clause.

Keith was 26 when he signed his 13-year extension with an AAV of $5.54 million. The defenseman, currently out with a groin injury, went on to win a Conn Smythe and two Norris trophies in addition to two Olympic gold medals. He's under contract with a no movement clause through 2022-23. Keith has a career +/- rating of +157 and 589 points (99 goals, 490 assists) in 1102 games with the Hawks.

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Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford's 250th win puts him in elite company

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Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford's 250th win puts him in elite company

Corey Crawford captured a coveted goalie milestone with another solid performance in a 2-1 shootout victory for the Blackhawks on Friday in New Jersey. The Hawks (12-12-5) beat the Atlantic division-leading Bruins 4-3 in overtime in Boston with Robin Lehner in net on Thursday before playing the Devils, last in the Metropolitan, Friday with Crawford starting. 

"It's important to try to climb back up in the standings," Crawford said following the game. "We had a few tough games, it seems like it's been pretty streaky the first quarter of the season, but when we're playing well I think we're pretty tough to beat. We just got to try to find that game as much as possible. 

"But that was obviously a big win to start it and against one of the best teams in the league (the Bruins) and having a big lead too, going late into the third period, and then a team that's a little bit lower in the standings (the Devils), but you still have to come out hard and play, no games are easy. It was pretty competitive out there but it's nice to find a way to win." 

The two-time Stanley Cup champ saved 29 of 30 shots through overtime, including a Miles Wood breakaway with 11 seconds remaining in the second period and the game tied 1-1. He also stopped three of five New Jersey Devils shooters including Taylor Hall and 2019 No. 1 overall pick Jack Hughes in the shootout. 

Crawford became the 59th goalie in NHL history to record 250 wins. The 34-year-old is one of 13 active NHL goalies and just the third Hawks netminder to reach the milestone (Glen Hall: 276, Tony Esposito: 418).

Crawford is 250-149-52 in 464 games with the Blackhawks and has 26 shutouts. 

5 Takeaways: Kirby Dach leads Blackhawks to 2-1 win in shootout vs. Devils

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5 Takeaways: Kirby Dach leads Blackhawks to 2-1 win in shootout vs. Devils

The Blackhawks won 2-1 against the New Jersey Devils in a shootout on Friday. Here are five takeaways:

Top to bottom

The Hawks were looking to establish some momentum in Jersey following a big win Thursday in Boston. Jonathan Toews scored in overtime and Alex DeBrincat ended a 12-game goal drought to help the Hawks to a 4-3 OT win over the Bruins, ending the Blackhawks' 3-game losing streak in which they were outscored 16-5. 

Going from facing the first place team in the Atlantic division (second in the NHL) on Thursday to the last place team in the Metropolitan division (second to last in the league) on Friday proved to be tougher than imagined. 

Alex DeBrincat scored the lone regulation goal for Chicago and Kirby Dach, the No. 3 pick of the 2019 NHL Draft, scored the final goal of the shootout and set up No. 1 pick Jack Hughes to get stopped by Corey Crawford for the 2-1 final score. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane also scored in the shootout for the Blackhawks.

Crow 250

Corey Crawford won his 250th NHL game on Friday. The two-time Stanley Cup champ is the 59th goalie in NHL history to reach the milestone and one of 13 active netminders to do so. The 34-year-old is the third goalie to reach 250 wins with the Blackhawks. 

Crawford saved 29 of 30 New Jersey shots ahead of the shootout. 

Cat on the prowl 

DeBrincat scored his second goal in two games after not lighting the lamp in his previous 12. This is a good sign for the forward, who is known to score in bunches.

Gilbert getting noticed

Dennis Gilbert skated in his second straight game with the Hawks with Olli Maatta (flu-like symptoms) missing both contents on the road trip. Gilbert had a solid game in Boston Thursday and improved his case Friday, putting a big hit on Hughes then having a decent showing after answering the bell with Wayne Simmonds.

Kane watch

Kane tied Andy Bathgate for 93rd on the NHL career points list (973), assisting on DeBrincat's second period goal.