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Kirby Dach's 1st career 2-point game leads the way for Hawks in a 5-3 victory over Golden Knights

Jimmy Greenfield, Chicago Tribune on

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LAS VEGAS--The firsts just kept coming.

Zack Smith registered an assist for his first point as a Chicago Blackhawk. Kirby Dach had the first two-point game of his career.

Calvin de Haan scored his first goal since joining the Hawks in the summer. Erik Gustafsson finally scored his first goal after pouring in 17 last season.

Despite all those firsts there still was an important one left: The Hawks a win over the Las Vegas Golden Knights for the first time after seven losses (0-5-2) in the series since the Golden Knights entered the NHL in 2017-18.

That elusive win finally arrived as the Hawks stayed hot with a 5-3 win Wednesday night at T-Mobile Center and improved to .500 for the first time this season at 7-7-4.

The Hawks won their second straight road game and are 3-0-1 in their last four games, all against teams above .500.

The Golden Knights took a 2-0 lead early in the first period on goals by William Carrier and William Karlsson, but 16 seconds after Karlsson's goal the Hawks cut the lead in half on Patrick Kane's ninth goal of the season. Kane also had two assists to give him six goals and eight assists during a season-high seven-game point streak.

Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat also had three points apiece. They connected on a beautiful give-and-go late in the third period to put the Hawks up 5-2.

 

The Hawks had a golden opportunity to grab an early lead when Smith was taken down by Nicolas Hague and awarded a penalty shot just 44 seconds into the game. Smith's attempt sailed past goalie Marc-Andre Fleury but struck the crossbar to keep the game scoreless.

The Golden Knights were awarded their own penalty shot in the second period when Hawks goalie Corey Crawford was ruled to have knocked the stick out of Jonathan Marchessault's hands. But Marchessault's shot flew wide right to maintain the Hawks' 3-2 lead.

Dach, who had an assist on Smith's goal, gave the Hawks their fourth consecutive goal with 16:03 left in the third period. Dach pulled a rebound away from Fleury and patiently slid backward before finding space in a wide-open net. It was Dach's third goal of the season and second in his last two games.

After Crawford allowed two goals on the first six shots he faced, he was magnificent for the remainder of the game. He stopped 34 shots in a row before the Golden Knights scored in the final minute.

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