Dach’s two goals boost Blackhawks past Sabres for fourth straight win
- Kirby Dach scored two goals, and the Chicago Blackhawks extended their season-high winning streak to four games with a 4-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres at United Center on Sunday.
“I’m starting to play good,” said Dach, a first-round pick (No. 3) at the 2019 NHL Draft. “I have a lot of confidence in myself and the team is playing good, so I think that kind of helps out with individual success.
“When your team is going the right way and you’re winning games and scoring goals and your top players are producing -[I’m] not saying I’m a top player or anything — but it helps a lot when everybody is kind of going and we’re scoring.”
- Patrick Kane extended his point streak to nine games with a power-play goal, Jonathan Toews also scored and Corey Crawford made 33 saves for Chicago (9-7-4), which is 6-1-1 in its past eight games after going 2-4-2 in the previous eight.
“We didn’t really give up that much,” said Crawford, who has won each of his 11 career starts against the Sabres. “We got a lot more goals too, so that seems to be rolling for us right now. We were able to get chances in other games, but the puck’s going in a lot right now, so that’s kind of nice.”
- Jack Eichel scored his fifth goal in two games, and Carter Hutton made 23 saves for Buffalo (10-7-3), which went 0-for-4 on the power play and is 1-5-2 in its past eight.
“They just had Grade A [chances] and we didn’t,” Eichel said. “Their chances were probably better than ours. We just didn’t play a good game.”
NHL Highlights | Sabres vs Blackhawks – Nov. 17, 2019
- Chicago is 15-1-0 in its past 16 games against Buffalo. …
- Sabres forward Tage Thompson left in the third period after colliding with Blackhawks defenseman Olli Maatta.
- Buffalo coach Ralph Krueger did not have an update. …
- Eichel has seven points (six goals, one assist) in his past four games. …
- Dach is the third 18-year-old in Blackhawks history to have a multigoal game (regular season or Stanley Cup Playoffs), joining Eddie Olczyk (April 10, 1985, against the Detroit Red Wings), and Kane (Oct. 23, 2007, against the Columbus Blue Jackets).
- Dach has six points (four goals, two assists) during a four-game point streak. …
- Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook played in his 1,100th NHL game.
- The 34-year-old ranks second in Blackhawks history in games played (Stan Mikita, 1,394).
Sources & Credits: NHL.com; CHI Blackhawks, BUF Sabres
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