Blackhawks Manhandle Wings in 5-2 Victory.
Four players – Patrick Kane (1-2—3), Brent Seabrook (1-2—3), Artemi Panarin (2-0—2) and Duncan Keith (0-2—2) – registered multiple points to power the Blackhawks to their second straight win overall as well as their fifth victory in their past six road games (5-1-0).
At 40-20-5 (85 points), the Blackhawks moved two points ahead of the idle Stars (38-20-7, 83 points) and Blues (37-20-9, 83 points) atop the Central Division and Western Conference.
Kane, who holds a 17-point lead in the Art Ross Trophy race (37-51—88 in 65 GP), matched his career high for points in one season, established in 2009-10 (30-58—88 in 82 GP). His 88 points are one more than the Art Ross Trophy winner from 2014-15 (Jamie Benn: 35-52—87 in 82 GP).
Seabrook chipped in his third three-point game of the season (65 GP), also Oct. 22 vs. FLA (1-2—3) and Nov. 27 at ANA (0-3—3). He had one such performance in his last four seasons combined (289 GP; Dec. 16, 2014 vs. MIN: 1-2—3).
MILESTONES & MUSINGS
- Maple Leafs forward Nikita Soshnikov scored his first NHL goal (2 GP).
- Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg (900) and Capitals forward Marcus Johansson (400) both played in milestone games.
- Canadiens defenseman Morgan Ellis, a fourth-round selection (117th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft, made his League debut.
- Barry Trotz (WSH) earned his 649th career win to move past Ron Wilson (648) and into sole possession of ninth place in NHL history among head coaches.
- Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin, who leads all rookies in goals (24), assists (35) and points (59), recorded his fifth multi-goal game of the season – tied for first among rookies with Arizona’s Max Domi.
MAPLE LEAFS RECALL BRENDAN LEIPSIC ON EMERGENCY BASIS
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Thursday that the team has recalled forward Brendan Leipsic from the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on an emergency basis. Leipsic replaces forward Brad Boyes, who is out with an upper body injury.
Leipsic, 21, has scored one goal and registered one assist in four games with the Maple Leafs this season. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native has also collected 37 points (16 goals, 21 assists) in 50 games with the Marlies. Leipsic was selected by the Nashville Predators in the third round (89th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft before being traded to Toronto on February 15, 2015.
Home Team in Caps
WASHINGTON 3, Toronto 2
Chicago 5, DETROIT RED WINGS 2
ANAHEIM 3, Montreal 2 (SO)
SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
NY Rangers @ Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m.
Chicago @ Boston, 7:00 p.m.
Calgary @ Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.
Edmonton @ Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m.
Tampa Bay @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
New Jersey @ Nashville, 8:00 p.m.
NY Islanders @ Winnipeg, 8:00 p.m.
Florida @ Colorado, 9:00 p.m.
Anaheim @ Arizona, 9:00 p.m.
San Jose @ Vancouver, 10:00 p.m.
Montreal @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.