Kahun’s two goals help power surg­ing Chicago


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Do­minik Kahun has turned into a dan­ger­ous scor­ing op­tion for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Play­ing with Dy­lan Strome and Alex DeBrin­cat sure helps.

Kahun had two goals and an as­sist, Cam Ward made 43 saves, and the Blackhawks beat the vis­it­ing Detroit Red Wings, 5-2, on Sun­day for their sev­enth straight win.

Chicago’s sec­ond line of Kahun, Strome and DeBrin­cat de­liv­ered 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 points streak to eight games with three as­sists.

“It’s work­ing good for us, and we just hope that we can keep go­ing,” said Kahun, who has three goals and four as­sists in his past four games.

Strome, who came over in a Novem­ber trade with Ari­zona, also put up big num­bers while play­ing along­side DeBrin­cat with the Erie Ot­ters in ju­nior hockey. Kahun has shown the abil­ity to pro­duce while play­ing on a cou­ple of different lines dur­ing his first NHL sea­son.

“They made a lot of plays for us,” Coach Jeremy Col­li­ton said. “At key times, too.”

Af­ter Detroit pulled within one in the third pe­riod, Pa­trick Kane re­sponded with his 33rd goal for Chicago. Kane made it 4-2 when he beat Jonathan Bernier low on the stick side with 3:33 left.

Kane tacked on an as­sist when Jonathan Toews added an emp­tynet­ter with 2:01 re­main­ing. It was Toews’s 25th of the sea­son.

Gus­tav Nyquist and Christof­fer Ehn scored for Detroit, which dropped its third con­sec­u­tive game. Bernier made 31 stops.

“Stand­ing at the blue line as a D man and watch­ing guys go by is not good enough,” Coach Jeff Blashill said. “Com­ing back and pick­ing up the wrong guy’s not good enough. I didn’t think there were par­tic­u­larly hard reads. We just had a bunch of guys in my opin­ion whose brains weren’t go­ing at a high enough level.”

IS­LAN­DERS 2, WILD 1: Devon Toews scored the tie-break­ing goal early in the sec­ond pe­riod, Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots, and New York beat vis­it­ing Min­nesota.

An­thony Beauvil­lier also scored for New York, which won for the fourth time in five games and ninth in 12.

DEVILS 3, HURRICANES 2: Mar­cus Jo­hans­son scored twice and a bat­tered Keith Kinkaid made 33 saves as New Jer­sey beat Carolina in Ne­wark.

BLUES 5, PREDA­TORS 4 (OT): Vladimir Tarasenko com­pleted a hat trick by scor­ing 16 sec­onds into over­time, and St. Louis won at Nashville, stretch­ing its winning streak to six games.

BRUINS 2, AVALANCHE 1 (OT): Brad Marc­hand scored 4:03 into over­time, and host Bos­ton beat Colorado.

JETS 3, SABRES 1: Blake Wheeler scored the go-ahead goal by redi­rect­ing Josh Mor­ris­sey’s cen­ter­ing pass with 3:55 re­main­ing, and vis­it­ing Win­nipeg beat Buf­falo.

LIGHT­NING 5, PANTHERS 2: Nikita Kucherov had two goals and an as­sist to lift Tampa Bay over Florida in Sun­rise, Fla.

RANGERS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 1: Alexan­dar Ge­orgiev had a ca­reer-high 55 saves to lead New York over vis­it­ing Toronto.

Ducks fire Car­lyle

The Ana­heim Ducks fired coach Randy Car­lyle amid a seven-game los­ing streak and free fall into last place in the Western Con­fer­ence.

The Ducks an­nounced Gen­eral Man­ager Bob Murray would take over as in­terim coach for the re­main­der of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Ana­heim will name a new coach fol­low­ing the sea­son.

“Dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions need to be made when times are tough, and our play has clearly been un­ac­cept­able,” Murray said in a state­ment. “We have a tra­di­tion of suc­cess in Ana­heim, and we need to get back to that.”

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