Dominik Kubalik scores twice, Patrick Kane reaches 995 career points in Blackhawks' 4-2 victory vs. Ducks

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CHICAGO -- Rookie Dominik Kubalik scored for the fourth straight game and notched his first multi-goal game to lead the Blackhawks back from an early deficit for a 4-2 victory over the Ducks on Saturday night at the United Center.

Kubalik's 16 goals rank second on the Hawks behind Patrick Kane's 24 and move him into a tie for the league lead among rookies with the Sabres' Victor Olofsson, who will miss at least the next month because of a lower-body injury.

Hawks goaltender Robin Lehner stopped 35 shots in his first start since suffering a knee injury on Jan. 2 against the Canucks.

The Hawks (20-20-6) ended their four-game homestand with a 2-2 record. They begin a three-game road trip Tuesday against the Senators.

The Ducks took a 1-0 lead less than four minutes into the game after Connor Murphy turned over the puck behind the Hawks net. Ondrej Kase grabbed the puck and backhanded a pass to Max Jones, who one-timed it from the slot past Lehner.

Less than a minute after Jonathan Toews hit the post for the Hawks, he picked up a loose puck at center ice to start a two-on-one with John Quenneville. Toews held on to the puck and beat goalie John Gibson through the five hole for his 11th goal to make it 1-1.

Kubalik gave the Hawks their first lead with 15:40 left in the second period when he backhanded in a rebound off a Kane shot to make it 2-1. The assist by Kane moved him within five of 1,000 career points.


Kubalik also scored his second goal on a rebound, this time slamming it home to give the Hawks a 3-1 lead after Gibson stopped Murphy's shot.

The Ducks pulled within one early in the third on Rickard Rakell's 11th goal of the season, but less than two minutes later, Olli Maatta fired home a slap shot from the point for his third of the season to restore the Hawks' two-goal lead.

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