Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Blackhawks win in back and forth of flurries

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Chicago linemates Patrick Kane, Artem Anisimov and Artemi Panarin each scored and combined for seven points to help the Blackhawks beat the Jets 5-2 on Friday night.

Duncan Keith's late goal was the winner, and Marian Hossa also scored.

The goaltenders were busy in the fifth and final meeting of the season between the Central Division rivals. Chicago's Corey Crawford made 28 saves in his 22nd victory of the season, and Winnipeg's Connor Hellebuyck stopped 31 of the 34 shots he faced.

Bryan Little and Adam Lowry scored for Winnipeg, which hosts the Lightning tonight.

LUNDQVIST GOES FOR 400: For the Rangers, there are two targets for today's game against the Avalanche: Completing a sweep of the four-game homestand and helping goaltender Henrik Lundqvist nail down his 400th career win.

A victory would lift Lundqvist into select company: 11th all time in NHL wins and with only one active goalie ranked above him: the Panthers' Roberto Luongo, fifth with 450 wins.

"Everything he's earned, he's deserved," Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh said. "I'm sure it's going to be on everybody's mind. We're going to want to put together a good effort for him. We know he's going to do his part, so if we play well in front of him, it's going to give us a good chance."

Lundqvist, 35 next month, said, "It tells me I've been here for a while, had good luck and played with a lot of good players. Every time you reach a milestone, you think about who helped you along the way, the players who've come and gone here."

He also praised his mentor, goalie coach Benoit Allaire, who has supported him since he arrived as a rookie in 2005.

"I try not to reflect too much," Lundqvist said. "I'm still in the middle of things and want to keep going."

By season's end, Lundqvist likely will be eighth place on the wins list, passing Chris Osgood (401), Grant Fuhr (403) and Glenn Hall (407).

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