WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Patrick Kane and Nick Schmaltz each had a goal and an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks extended their season-high winning streak to four games with a 5-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.
Vinnie Hinostroza, Tommy Wingels and Michal Kempny also scored for the Blackhawks (16-11-5). Corey Crawford made 27 saves in the first of five games this season between the Central Division foes.
Nikolaj Ehlers thwarted Crawford’s shutout bid when he scored a power-play goal at 5:35 of the third period. He has a goal in each of his past four games.
The loss ended Winnipeg’s string of seven straight wins at home.
Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves for the Jets (18-9-5). Hellebuyck had been unbeaten in regulation at home this season (11-1-1).
Chicago led 3-0 after the first period and 4-0 after two. The Blackhawks scored on their first, second and fifth shots of the game.
Hinostroza teamed up on a 2-on-1 with Patrick Sharp to beat Hellebuyck at 1:50. It was Hinostroza’s fourth game and first point.
A turnover in Winnipeg’s end led to Wingels’ goal at 6:08 for the 2-0 lead.
Schmaltz then re-directed a point shot by Duncan Keith just more than four minutes later. Shots on goal favored Chicago 12-6 after the first.
Jets coach Paul Maurice shuffled his lines for the second period, but it didn’t help much.
Schmaltz grabbed a rebound and sent the puck across the front of the net to Kane, who had an open side to score his 12th goal of the season at 11:05.
Chicago led 23-14 in shots after two.
Schmaltz was sent to the penalty box for tripping early in the third and Ehlers wasted no time, scoring five seconds into the man advantage with a shot over Crawford’s blocker at 5:35.
Kempny’s slap shot sailed over Hellebuyck’s blocker less than three minutes later to restore the four-goal gap at 5-1.
Winnipeg forward Matt Hendricks had a goal disallowed a minute later as the referee ruled Crawford had the puck under his pad and Hendricks pushed it in.
Blackhawks: Host the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.
Jets: At the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.
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