Streaking Blackhawks clip Wings for 7th straight win

AP Photo Detroit’s Danny DeKeyser is checked by Chicago’s John Hayden during the third period Sunday.

CHICAGO (AP) — Dominik Kahun has turned into a dangerous scoring option for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Playing with Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat sure helps.

Kahun had two goals and an assist, Cam Ward made 43 saves and the Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Sunday for their seventh straight win.

Chicago’s second line of Kahun, Strome and DeBrincat delivered once again as the Blackhawks continued their surprising push after a lackluster first half of the season. Strome had a goal and two assists, and DeBrincat extended his career-best point streak to eight games with three assists.

“It’s working good for us and we just hope that we can keep going,” said Kahun, who has three goals and four assists in his last four games.

Strome, who came over in a Nov. 25 trade with Arizona, also put up big numbers while playing alongside DeBrincat with the Erie Otters in junior hockey. Kahun has shown the ability to produce while playing on a couple different lines during his first NHL season.

“They made a lot of plays for us,” coach Jeremy Colliton said. “At key times, too.”

After Detroit pulled within one in the third period, Patrick Kane responded with his 33rd goal for Chicago. Kane made it 4-2 when he beat Jonathan Bernier low on the stick side with 3:33 left, extending the NHL’s longest active point streak to 14 games.

Kane tacked on an assist when Jonathan Toews added an empty-netter with 2:01 remaining. It was Toews’ 25th of the season.

Gustav Nyquist and Christoffer Ehn scored for Detroit (21-28-7), which dropped its third consecutive game. Bernier made 31 stops.

“Standing at the blue line as a D man and watching guys go by is not good enough,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “Coming back and picking up the wrong guy’s not good enough. I didn’t think there were particularly hard reads. We just had a bunch of guys in my opinion whose brains weren’t going at a high enough level.”

The Red Wings were coming off a 3-1 loss at Buffalo at Saturday.

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