Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each scored once and had two assists for the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, who lit up the Calgary Flames for an 8-4 victory Saturday night.
Toews made quite the statement for the Blackhawks, who were shut out despite firing 49 shots at Vancouver on Wednesday. He kicked off the scoring with just 30 seconds gone, skating in off the faceoff and firing a wrister high over David Rittich's glove.
The Flames, who fired 42 shots at Chicago goalie Robin Lehner, evened the score midway through the period when Dillon Dube threw the puck toward the Blackhawks' net. Sam Bennett was waiting on the doorstep to slam it in past Lehner.
Dominik Kubalik continued his torrid scoring pace to put the Blackhawks ahead at the 9: 17 mark. Kubalik is at the top of rookie scoring in the NHL with 22 goals.
The Flames got it back, though, less than four minutes later when Dube and Bennett connected once again, with Dube making a great lead pass to Bennett for his second of the night.
Tied at 2-2, the Blackhawks came out for the second period on fire. Brandon Saad put them ahead at the 4:24 mark, and 64 seconds later, the Flames coughed the puck up to Nylander, who made it 4-2.
That goal chased Rittich from the Flames' net for Cam Talbot. Rittich, who made 11 saves, has been pulled twice in his last three home starts.
Although Elias Lindholm scored to extend his point streak to 10 games, the Blackhawks were relentless with their aggressive forecheck. Alex DeBrincat and Nylander scored within 27 seconds of each other to take a 6-3 lead into the third.
The Flames cut the deficit to two at 14:06 of the third on the power play, when Johnny Gaudreau dished the puck over to Lindholm in the high slot. Lindholm ripped it past Lehner for his second of the night.
Calgary took a big chance on a 4-on-4, pulling Talbot for an extra skater. Kane lofted the puck down the ice and scored on the empty net. Kirby Dach added one more for the Blackhawks to finish the night off.
--Field Level Media