Kane, Strome help Blackhawks defeat Golden Knights for first time
- The Chicago Blackhawks scored five unanswered goals for their first victory against the Vegas Golden Knights, 5-3 at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday.
- Patrick Kane and Dylan Strome each had a goal and two assists, and Kirby Dach had a goal and an assist for Chicago (7-7-4), which defeated Vegas for the first time in eight games (1-5-2).
- Corey Crawford made 39 saves.
“That was a fast game,” Crawford said. “They’re a really good hockey team. Obviously they were going to be hungry. It seems like they always come out hard in the first period there, but we didn’t fold. We just kept playing.”
- The Blackhawks extended their point streak to four games (3-0-1) and won for the fourth time in six games (4-1-1).
- William Karlsson had a goal and an assist, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves for Vegas (9-8-3), which is 0-3-1 in the past four games.
“I think we got caught sleeping a few times,” Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. “We didn’t change from our game plan. Chicago’s a good team … but for them to get, what, three or four breakaways in the first half of the game? I think it’s people sleeping back there and not being aware.”
Extended highlights of the Chicago Blackhawks at the Vegas Golden Knights
- Kane has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in a seven-game point streak …
- Dach is the third 18-year-old in Blackhawks history to score a game-winning goal (Eddie Olczyk and Grant Mulvey each did it twice). …
- Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews played in his 891st game, tying Steve Larmer for 10th place in their history. …
- The Golden Knights shuffled their lines; forward Max Pacioretty was moved to the top line with Karlsson and Reilly Smith, Cody Eakin was with Jonathan Marchessault and Mark Stone, and Paul Stastny was with Cody Glass and Tuch. …
- Eakin left at 2:15 of the third period with cramps and will be reevaluated Thursday.
Sources & Credits: Danny Webster / NHL.com, CHI Blackhawks, VGK