Blackhawks defeat Panthers, end four-game losing streak


CHICAGO — Patrick Kane had two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks ended their four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win against the Florida Panthers at United Center on Tuesday.

Kevin Lankinen made 33 saves for the Blackhawks (15-13-5), who won for the first time in five games against Florida this season (1-3-1).

Noel Acciari had two assists, and Chris Driedger made 29 saves for the Panthers (20-8-4), who played without center Aleksander Barkov because of a lower-body injury sustained during warmups.

The teams will play here again Thursday.

Dominik Kubalik gave Chicago a 1-0 lead when he scored from the hash marks of the left face-off circle after a pass from Brandon Hagel at 6:24 of the first period.

Pius Suter made it 2-0 at 18:30 on a redirection of Nikita Zadorov‘s shot from the point.

Kane wired a pass from the right face-off circle to the back post for Carl Soderberg, who made it 3-0 on the power play at 4:22 of the second period.

Anton Stralman cut it to 3-1 at 8:53 of the second when Acciari sent a backhand pass between Blackhawks defenseman Ian Mitchell‘s legs across the slot.

Alex Wennberg tapped in a rebound to make it 3-2 at 15:22 of the third period on the power play and Driedger pulled for an extra attacker.

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