Kahun’s two goals help power surging Chicago
BLACKHAWKS 5, RED WINGS 2
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.”