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Hawks can't complete comeback, fall in shootout

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Hawks can't complete comeback, fall in shootout

The Blackhawks just cant break the habit of slow starts, especially when the Phoenix Coyotes are in their building. But unlike the last time the Coyotes were here a few days ago, the Blackhawks got back in this one enough to get a point.

Jonathan Toews had two goals and an assist but Oliver Ekman-Larsson had the shootout winner in the Coyotes 4-3 victory at the United Center on Monday night. Patrick Kane also had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who have now gotten points in five of their last six games.

It was nearly a comeback victory for the Blackhawks, who were down 3-0 just 69 seconds into the second period. Corey Crawford was pulled for Ray Emery, who stopped 11 shots in regulation and overtime.

It was the second time Crawfords been pulled in as many games against the Coyotes.

The first goal was on a 2 on 1, clean pass, not his fault, coach Joel Quenneville said of Crawford. But certainly Ray gave us a spot to get us a point, which was good.

Getting one point wasnt bad. But Toews said the Blackhawks couldve made it two.

Some games lately we go down 2-3 goals in first or second period and it just seems it becomes a funk we cant get out of. As a team we did that tonight the second half of the game. We dictated most of the play, he said. We played better late but you get to that point where its 3-3, getting chances late in the third, we want to find a way to get that extra point.

The Blackhawks had a few prime chances to get that extra point. The biggest was a Marian Hossa attempt, but Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle was there to block it away.

We had a look there with Hossa in the third. That was a special look and good opportunity, Quenneville said. It was a good second period, good third, but a tough start to the game. You dont want to give them the lead. We were fortunate to get ourselves back into it.

Neither Toews nor Hossa could beat Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith in the shootout, while Ekman-Larssson and Radim Vrbata both connected on backhands for Phoenix.

I think we know our start couldve been better. They were on top of us a lot in the first period, defenseman Duncan Keith said. As the game went on we were able to establish more of a forecheck and get pucks behind them and get our game going and get more control of our play.

The Blackhawks found a way to get a point. It didnt look like theyd even have a chance at to start the second period. They finished strong. But that needs to be present from the start.

We can blame this loss on our first-period performance but at the same time we played some good hockey in the second and third, Toews said. We have to remind ourselves if we bring that for 60 minutes, especially at home, were going to be a tough team to beat. Its just about bringing that complete game right now. Theres not much more to say.

4 Takeaways: Patrick Kane gets to 1K, Blackhawks win fifth straight

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4 Takeaways: Patrick Kane gets to 1K, Blackhawks win fifth straight

The Blackhawks won their fifth straight game, 5-2 against the Winnipeg Jets, and Patrick Kane reached 1,000 career points on Sunday. Here are four takeaways:

Kane 1K Watch ends

He did it. Patrick Kane stepped onto the United Center ice with 999 points, one shy of the monumental milestone shared by the greatest players to skate in the NHL and left Sunday's game among them.

With 5:46 remaining in the third period, Kane passed the puck from behind the net to Ryan Carpenter, who was in front, and Carpenter passed it to Brandon Saad, who scored to put the Hawks up 4-1. 

Kane became the 90th player to reach 1,000 points in NHL history. Brian Propp is ahead of Kane at #89 (1,004). Kane has the fourth most points in Blackhawks history behind Denis Savard (1,096), Bobby Hull (1,153) and Stan Mikita (1,467).

The dynamic winger got #999 on Saturday after passing the puck to Brandon Saad, who sniped it over Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen’s stick to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead at 11:02 of the first period in a 6-2 Hawks win in Toronto.

Hawks keep streakin

The Blackhawks extended their winning streak to five games with their win over the Jets, who they jumped over in the Western Conference standings to come within three points of a Wild Card spot. 

Chicago wrapped up a perfect three-game road trip through Eastern Canada on Saturday after beating the Maple Leafs 6-2 in Toronto. The Hawks beat the Canadiens 4-1 in Montreal on Wednesday and the Senators 3-2 in Ottawa on Tuesday. 

They began the streak by winning 4-2 against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday Jan. 11.

Dominik Kubalik scored on Jets empty net for the 5-2 final score. It was the rookie's 21st goal of the season. Toews assisted on the play, bringing him to 799 career points. 

The Blackhawks have one game left: Tuesday vs. Joel Quenneville's Florida Panthers before the All-Star break.

Right on, Robin

Blackhawks goalie Robin Lehner once again got the job done. Lehner made 19 saves on the Jets' 20 shots in the second period, including nine when the Blackhawks were killing off a four-minute double-minor penalty. He finished the game with 36 saves on 38 shots.

Drake! 

Drake Caggiula, who has four points in his past three games, had trouble staying out of the penalty box on Sunday. Caggiula took an interference penalty in the first period after putting a hit on Adam Lowry that knocked him out of the game, a second interference infraction tagged with unsportsmanlike conduct and a trip in the second period. The Hawks were able to kill off all eight minutes of his penalties.

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Patrick Kane receives lots of love after reaching historic 1K point milestone

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Patrick Kane receives lots of love after reaching historic 1K point milestone

Patrick Kane reached an absolutely amazing milestone on Sunday night, becoming the youngest American-born player to reach 1,000 points for their career. 

He received lots of praise from around the hockey community on Sunday night, with many of his former teammates chiming in:

The London Knights, who retired Kane's jersey this week, made sure to honor Kane, who became the fourth London Knights Alumni to collect 1,000 NHL points:

And of course, the Blackhawks organization:

The moment was an extremely emotional one for Kane, who said that he will "never forget that moment."

Kane's special moment came amid a 5-2 Blackhawks win over the Winnipeg Jets that gives Chicago their fifth straight win and puts them three points out of the final wildcard spot in the Western Conference with a game in hand. 

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