Blackhawks Top Ducks, Raddysh Scores Again, Patrick Kane Continues to Make History, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Blackhawks Top Ducks, Raddysh Scores Again, Patrick Kane Continues to Make History, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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We’ve got you covered this morning if you were catching your Z’s last night while the Blackhawks were taking on the Ducks in Anaheim. Let’s get right into the action.

•   Taylor Raddysh was at it again on Wednesday night, getting the Blackhawks on the board with a snipe midway through the opening frame. Raddysh’s second goal in as many games gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead over Anaheim.

•   Raddysh now has two goals, both of which have come on the power play with Raddysh playing on the top man-advantage unit with Patrick Kane, Dylan Strome, and Alex DeBrincat. Raddysh has three points in three games with Chicago after logging just 12 points in 53 games with the Lightning. What a difference an increased role has made for Raddysh.

•   After Sam Carrick tied things up in the first, it was Patrick Kane’s turn during the second period.

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•   Kaner tied this one up on a gorgeous one-timer off the setup by Alex DeBrincat. The goal gave Patrick Kane his second point of the night in yet another multi-point performance. Kane helped bettors cash in on the over 1.5 points bet that was available yesterday. It’s a pretty safe bet these days. The goal was the 20th of the season for Patrick Kane, who has now scored 20 or more goals in 14 of his 15 seasons in the NHL. Last season’s shortened schedule was the only season where he failed to score 20 goals.

•   Kane tied Stan Mikita for the most 20-goal seasons in Blackhawks history, and his 14 seasons of 20 or more goals is the third most among American-born players, per ESPN Stats & Info.

•   Kane also joined some elite company among active players when it comes to the most 20-goal seasons, moving into a tie with Sidney Crosby for No. 2. Kane and Crosby only trail Alex Ovechkin who has 17 such seasons.

•   All right, back to the game. Sam Carrick tied the game in the third period with his second goal, but it wouldn’t stay even for long. Riley Stillman fired off a shot that was wide to the right, but Dylan Strome was there for the top-notch tip-in effort to beat John Gibson and give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead with 3:50 to play in regulation.

•   The goal was Strome’s 18th of the season and his second in as many games. Strome has four points (2G, 2A) in his last two games and 37 on the season. Alex DeBrincat put this one away with an empty-netter shortly after that, his 35th of the season.  The Blackhawks completed the season sweep of the Ducks, going 3-0 and outscoring the Ducks 15-5 in those three games. The Blackhawks have won their previous six over Anaheim. The last time Anaheim beat the Blackhawks was December 5, 2018.

•   Dylan Strome joined the NHL on TNT crew after the game and spoke a bit about the team’s state and what the Blackhawks are trying to play for down the stretch: “Lots to play for,” Strome said. “18 games left, so I think we’re just trying to stick together as a team and hopefully build for next year. I feel like a lot of guys are going to be back next year, and we need to create an identity. I feel like we’ve been missing that this year and we’re trying to build on that, and getting wins like this helps.”

•   Strome also talked to the crew about what it’s like playing on a line with Patrick Kane and his OHL teammate and roommate Alex Debrincat:

•   Speaking of the NHL on TNT crew, this was hilarious:

•   The Blackhawks will be back in action tonight when they visit the Los Angeles Kings. Derek King has already named Collin Delia the starter against the Kings, which should be interesting … Delia is making his first NHL start since he gave up three first-period goals to Nashville and was pulled before the start of the second on New Year’s Day.

•   Patrick Kane declined to discuss his future when speaking with reporters after last night’s game and said he’s just focused on finishing this season strong.

•   Overall, Patrick Kane has taken the opposite approach of his teammate Jonathan Toews, who has made it pretty clear that this whole process is not sitting well with him, going so far to say that for the first time, the idea of playing somewhere else has entered his mind.

•   The Blackhawks added a goaltender to their pipeline on Wednesday evening:

•   This is cool (if Buffalo doesn’t match):

•   HOWEVER, I still share Luis’ opinion that this offseason has been flawed thus far:

•   Insert Michael Scott: Why are you the way that you are.gif

•   Yeah, I snuck a White Sox thing in here. I had a workout done before Brett even went to the gym (Brett always beats us to it), so I’m feeling frisky today! Anyways, that’s it for today!


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Author: Patrick K. Flowers

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