CHICAGO — The Blackhawks finally discovered it’s a good thing to shoot often and have a fully functioning power play.
Now they just need to do this for another 67 games.
Alex DeBrincat scored a highlight-reel goal, Andrew Shaw scored his first goal since the home opener and Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists as the Hawks beat the Canucks 5-2 on Thursday night at the United Center.
David Kampf and Brandon Saad each had an empty-net goal to finish off the scoring for the Hawks. Dylan Strome had a career-high three points — all assists — to give him 11 points in 15 games.
The win improved the Hawks to 5-7-3 and helped wash away the bad taste from a disappointing road trip in which they took only three of eight points and often looked bad.
Two days after being outshot 23-3 to open a loss to the Sharks, the Hawks put up 15 of the first 18 shots on goal and took a 1-0 lead on DeBrincat’s fifth goal with 13:19 left in the first period.
DeBrincat was trying to stickhandle around Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes, then decided to get his shot off as he was falling to the ice, somehow putting enough on it to zip the puck over the shoulder of goalie Jacob Markstrom.
Shaw’s power-play goal with 1:17 left in the first gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead, but the Canucks quickly pulled within a goal on J.T. Miller’s power-play score barely a minute into the second.
The surprising Canucks were coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to the Blues but had not lost twice in a row since their first two games. After the Hawks carried the play to start the game, the Canucks began to surge.
They ended up with a 38-37 shot advantage, but Hawks goalie Corey Crawford was sharp in winning for just the second time this season and first since Oct. 14.
Jonathan Toews, who had four points in his last three games, failed to get a point but continued to create opportunities and finished with a season-high six shots on goal.
Kane ended the Canucks’ hopes of a comeback with his fifth goal of the season — and first on the power play — on a laser wrist shot that beat Markstrom with 5:06 left in regulation.
The Hawks were 2 of 6 on the power play, their first multi-goal game this season with a man advantage.
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