Chicago Blackhawks 5 – Pittsburgh Penguins 1
Highlights: Patrick Kane‘s backhand pass to Artemi Panarin set the tone for a lopsided 5-1 victory over the short-handed Penguins on Wednesday night. Panarin’s 26th of the season kickstarted a four-goal first period for Chicago, which moved closer to locking up the Central Division title by winning in regulation in Pittsburgh for the first time in 20 years. Richard Panik, Marcus Kruger and Marian Hossa also scored during the first as the Blackhawks moved nine points clear of second-place Minnesota with five games left in the regular season. Tanner Kero added a breakaway goal in the third. Kane finished with two assists to move past Sidney Crosby for second in the NHL scoring race. Corey Crawford stopped 31 shots for Chicago. Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 31 saves but received little help outside of Bryan Rust‘s third-period goal.