Two Kanes scored in Buffalo on Sunday – one for each team – and all four lines scored for the Blackhawks as Chicago stormed to a strong road victory.
Ryan Hartman started the scoring for Chicago at 13:34 with a nasty snipe.
Unfortunately, the Blackhawks allowed another late period goal. After killing an extended 5-on-3, Evander Kane tied the game with five seconds left in the first period. Robin Lehner had a very good first period for Buffalo, stopping 16 of 17 shots to keep the Sabres in a game that saw the Hawks come out with a lot of jump.
Chicago kept their foot on the gas in the second, and Lehner wasn’t able to keep the pucks out.
Marian Hossa put on a puck control clinic in the second and was rewarded with his 21st of the season.
Richard Panik had a couple golden chances in the second, but couldn’t convert. But 15 minutes into the second, Chicago’s top line came through as Jonathan Toews extended the lead to 3-1.
When the dust settled after 40 minutes, Chicago was out-shooting Buffalo 29-20 and had a two-goal lead. Scott Darling was magnificent between the pipes, and the offense was buzzing.
Entering the third period, the only line that hadn’t scored for Chicago was their best offensive line. But Patrick Kane and company made sure that didn’t hold.
Kane, Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov connected for Anisimov’s 21st of the season less than four minutes into the third to make the score 4-1.
Three minutes later, the line clicked again. This time, it was Chicago’s Kane haunting his home town once again.
Kane’s goal is his 20th of the season, joining Anisimov and Hossa at 20 goals on the season. And Panarin’s assists on the two goals give him 34 on the year.
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When Josh Gorges took a double-minor with just over four minutes left in regulation, the outcome was more than academic. Chicago happily took the advantage for four minutes and skated to a big road win against a Buffalo team that was playing well, only two points out of a playoff spot in the East.
Vinnie Hinostroza, recalled on Sunday morning, and Dennis Rasmussen were the only Blackhawks forwards without a point in the game. Marcus Kruger was the lowest ice time recipient in the game, skating only 10:18 as he continues to work his way back from injury.
Niklas Hjalmarsson led Chicago with five blocked shots and was rewarded with power play ice time late in the game. Richard Panik led the Hawks in shots on goal (five) and penalty minutes (four). Michal Kempny had four shots on net.
Toews (9 of 18), Anisimov (6 of 12), Tanner Kero (6 of 12) and Rasmussen (3 of 6) each won 50 percent of their faceoffs in the game.
Darling made 25 saves in the win. The Hawks penalty kill was perfect in four short-handed opportunities, with Darling making seven big saves on PK duty.