#400: Blackhawks 7, Red Wings 2 - February 28, 2021

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#400: Blackhawks 7, Red Wings 2 – February 28, 2021

Chicago Blackhawks

This was a much better night than 24 hours ago.

The Chicago Blackhawks dispatched of the Detroit Red Wings in a fashion more familiar to what we saw in the first four meetings between the teams this season. After a 5-3 loss last night, the Blackhawks respond with a 7-2 win over the Red Wings, moving their record to 5-1-0 against Detroit this season and out-scoring them 25-12 in the six meetings.

While the six other goals scored by the Blackhawks tonight are all well and good, none was more exciting and special than the 5-1 goal in the 3rd period from Patrick Kane.

Yup, goal N0. 400 for his career!

Kane joins Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, and Steve Larmer as the only four Blackhawks to score 400 or more goals with the franchise. Kane also becomes the 100th player in NHL history to reach 400 career goals.

It was a much-needed confidence boosting night for the Blackhawks as they head into a very difficult stretch of their schedule through the month of March. Multi-point nights for Kane, Alex DeBrincat, and Ryan Carpenter and points to be had all around:

Kane and the Blackhawks remain solidly in a playoff position with tonight’s win and a loss by the Columbus Blue Jackets. With a 12-7-4 record on the season, Chicago is in fourth-place based on points (28) and points percentage (.609) through 23 games this season.

You love to see it.

Final Thoughts

•   Kevin Lankinen was great tonight, making 44 saves on 46 shots, an NHL career-high. He improves his record to 9-3-3 on the season.

•   Each team had just one powerplay, and each team scored on that powerplay. It was another weird one tonight, to be honest.

•   The defensive group tonight had one of the most even ice-time distributions I can remember this season. Connor Murphy led the defensemen with 21:31 minutes and Adam Boqvist had the fewest minutes with 18:41.



Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.