CHICAGO (AP) – Dominik Kahun had two goals and an assist, Cam Ward made 43 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Sunday for their seventh straight win.
Chicago’s second line of Kahun, Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat delivered once again as the Blackhawks continued their surprising push after a lackluster first half of the season. Strome had a goal and two assists, and DeBrincat extended his career-best point streak to eight games with three assists.
After Detroit pulled within one in the third period, Patrick Kane responded for Chicago with his 33rd goal. Kane made it 4-2 when he beat Jonathan Bernier low on the stick side with 3:33 left, extending the NHL’s longest active point streak to 14 games.
Kane tacked on an assist when Jonathan Toews added an empty-netter with 2:01 remaining. It was Toews’ 25th of the season.
Gustav Nyquist and Christoffer Ehn scored for Detroit (21-28-7), which dropped its third consecutive game. Bernier made 31 stops.
The Red Wings were coming off a 3-1 loss at Buffalo on Saturday. Nyquist’s 14th goal got them within one with 4:30 remaining, but they were unable to run down the surging Blackhawks.
It’s the longest winning streak for Chicago (23-24-9) since it won seven in a row from Feb. 19 to March 4, 2017. The crowd of 21,941 – a season-high for the Blackhawks at the United Center – roared as the final seconds ticked off.
Chicago got off to a fast start behind the trio of Kahun, Strome, and DeBrincat, who each had two points in the first period.
Kahun scored his 10th goal of the season when he lifted a loose puck over Bernier’s glove at 11:04. Kahun tried to pass to DeBrincat, but it went off Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser and right back to him.
Kahun then set up Strome’s 14th goal of the season. He skated down the right side and played it into the middle, where his pass went off Strome’s right skate for a 2-0 lead with 1:57 left in the first.
Detroit played much better in the second and broke through after Kane turned it over near the blue line. Ehn skated in and drove a wrist shot from the left point over Ward’s left shoulder 15 minutes into the period.
It was the second career goal for the rookie forward. He also scored Dec. 23 in Toronto.
The Red Wings put more pressure on Ward toward the end of the period, but the goaltender gloved a loose puck in front to help hold them off.