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Four takeaways: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews put on show as Blackhawks snap losing streak

Four takeaways: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews put on show as Blackhawks snap losing streak

Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 8-5 win over the Washington Capitals at the United Center on Sunday:

1. Dueling five-point games by 19 and 88

When you play the defending Stanley Cup champions, your top guys need to play like it. And the Blackhawks' did just that.

Reunited on the top line as the nuclear option, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews each registsered five-point outings, with Kane having two goals and three assists and Toews netting a hat trick and two assists. 

Toews also became the third active player to score at least 20 goals in his first 12 NHL seasons, joining Kane and Alex Ovechkin.

"We can play together for a long time and might not always get games like that, obviously," Toews said. "I think today the chances that we did get we converted and he was doing a good job in his own end chipping pucks out and their D men really pressuring, so we got some odd-man rushes. Drake [Caggiula] did a great job of going to the net and creating space. The two of us, Drake and I, know that it's kind of our game to go play puck possession and try to give it to Kaner when he has time and space. It was nice to see a bunch go in for us."

2. A whacky first period

We hope you didn't oversleep because there was a whole lot of action from the moment the puck dropped during NBC's Game of the Week.

The Blackhawks and Capitals combined for four goals in the first period, three of which were credited to Chicago but one that received a major assist from Washington after Dmitri Orlov swatted the puck into his own net. There was even a disallowed goal in there with Chris Kunitz scoring from underneath the net when the moorings were off, but it was reviewed and waved off.

The Blackhawks had three goals on five shots at one point for a shooting percentage of 60, and took a 3-1 lead into first intermission. The Capitals finished with one goal on 15 shots in the opening frame.

"It was a fun game," Kane said. "Kind of like a playoff-type atmosphere, playoff-type game. It was back and forth, it seemed like no matter how big our lead, we couldn't make it big enough to feel comfortable. Overall I think it was a good win for us."

3. A crazier second period

The first period was highly entertaining. But that was just a warm-up to what the second period offered. Because things got chippy.

Kane and Ovechkin were seen jawing at each other near center ice, which led to an exchange shortly after. Kane whacked Ovechkin, who responded by shoving Kane's helmet off. It eventually led to a larger scrum at the end of the shift, with Connor Murphy and Ovechkin getting penalized for roughing.

Less than one minute later, Tom Wilson laid a hit on Duncan Keith, which prompted longtime partner Brent Seabrook to come to his defense. That's when things went off the rails. Four penalties were assessed on the play, and each of them fell under a different category: roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct, hooking and slashing. At one point the Blackhawks had four skaters in the box before it was determined that Seabrook was not part of it.

In total, seven penalties were assessed in the second period and six of them came within a 39-second span. It had an old-time hockey feel to it.

"Yeah, there was a lot happening," coach Jeremy Colliton said. "But I think there was a lot happening the whole game, it just wasn't wasn't the second period. That third period pucks were going in the net like crazy also. Entertaining game. Hopefully the fans got their money's worth, but they still get to get home at a decent time."

4. Save of the Year?

Collin Delia was solid for the Blackhawks. He gave up a few goals from low-danger areas that he certainly would've loved to have back, but he made up for that by making the big stops from high-danger areas and at key times.

Most notably, Delia provided hockey fans with the potential Save of the Year candidate when he made an acrobatic stop on Wilson, which drew a standing ovation from the United Center crowd:

"Just trying to get something in front of the net, keep the puck out of the net at whatever cost," Delia said. "Just trying to fill space, quite honestly. I think it was a shot, guy wrapped it and I thought he was going to try to tuck it, so I just made a desperation [save] and then I had to somehow get to my feet or get to my knees again to seal the bottom of the ice."

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Patrick Kane streaking into wildcard weekend in Chicago

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Patrick Kane streaking into wildcard weekend in Chicago

On the latest Hawks Talk podcast, Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis preview a wildcard weekend in Chicago, discuss Patrick Kane continuing his point streak, the latest on Corey Crawford, what Colin Delia needs to work on, and how the Hawks will approach the trade deadline.

1:00 - Hawks winning when not playing their best

1:45 - Kane extends point streak to 19 games

3:00 - Can Kane surpass his previous 26-game point streak?

8:33 - DeBrincat reaches 33 goals this season

10:30 - Hawks get ready to take on Avs and Stars

13:30 - Update on Corey Crawford status

16:00 - Crawford play before the trade deadline?

17:30 - Crawford being around affecting Colin Delia?

18:30 - What Delia needs to work on

21:00 - How the Hawks will approach Monday's trade deadline

14:00 - Is Gustav Forsling the only defenseman the team would move?

26:00 - Are Perlini and Sikura part of the long-term plan with the Hawks

28:00 - How Artem Anisimov's contract will affect his future with the Hawks

29:00 - Would the Hawks be willing to move Brandon Saad?

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast

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Four takeaways: Patrick Kane plays overtime hero for Blackhawks, who briefly pull inside playoff picture

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Four takeaways: Patrick Kane plays overtime hero for Blackhawks, who briefly pull inside playoff picture

Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 5-4 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday:

1. Patrick Kane to the rescue

After squandering a three-goal lead in the third period, the Blackhawks found themselves fighting for the extra point in overtime when they thought they had it locked up. And they picked it up thanks to No. 88 saving the day.

The play started because of a terrific individual effort by Jonathan Toews, who drove it hard to the net, followed up on his rebound and fed it to Erik Gustafsson, who put it right on Kane's tape and buried it. It was Kane's second goal of the game, and 38th of the season, pulling within four of Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead.

While Kane's 18-game assist streak ended, his point streak was extended to 19 games, as was his goal streak and multi-point streak to four games. Showtime delivered when the Blackhawks needed him most, as he often does.

2. Overcoming first-period struggles

Going into Wednesday, the Blackhawks had given up a league-worst 82 goals in the first period this season; no other team had allowed more than 68. And in their previous four games, they had given up 12 goals — three per game. It's been an area concern as of late.

Even though they gave up a goal in the opening frame against Detroit, the Blackhawks answered with three of their own and cashed in on their limited opportunities. Jimmy Howard was pulled after giving up four goals on eight shots, marking the second straight game the Blackhawks forced the opposing coach to change goaltenders mid-game.

It was important that the Blackhawks got off to that start, given how the rest of the contest unfolded.

3. Third-period collapse

The worst lead in hockey is three goals, as they say. Because teams tend to think their lead is safe and sit back. Then before they know it, the game is closer than they imagined it would get and the tide has quickly turned.

That's what happened to the Blackhawks, who had no answer for the Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha line. The duo combined for two goals, five assists and 22 shot attempts (16 on goal) as the Red Wings scored three times in the third period, including a late goal by Andreas Athanasiou for his second of the game with 1:26 left in regulation.

The Blackhawks were outshot 12-5 in the final frame and generated only two scoring chances to Detroit's nine. They nearly survived in regulation, but the Red Wings' push was too much to stave off.

4. Who's ready for Friday?

It doesn't matter how you pick up points at this stage in the season. A pretty win or ugly win counts the same in the standings.

By earning another two points, the Blackhawks jumped the Minnesota Wild for the second position in the Western Conference with 61 points. But it didn't last too long as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Winnipeg Jets 7-1 shortly after and moved into that spot because they have a game in hand. 

Which brings us to Friday, when the Blackhawks and Avalanche clash at the United Center in a potential four-point swing.

Authentic Fan Night. An early 6:30 p.m. start. Margaritaville Night. And a chance to move into a playoff spot. What more could you ask for?

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