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Friday, February 26, 2021 1:00 am


Kane closes in on 400 goals in win

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Patrick Kane broke a scoreless tie in the third period for his 399th career goal, Malcolm Subban got his first shutout of the season and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-0 on Thursday night to sweep a two-game series.

After combining for 11 goals in the Blackhawks' shootout win Tuesday night, the teams grinded through scoreless hockey before Kane grabbed a loose puck in the neutral zone and beat Joonas Korpisalo with a wrist shot from the right circle at 8:45 of the third.

Carl Soderberg added an empty-net goal with 50 seconds left in the game.

Subban had 26 saves to record his second shutout in 72 NHL games and his first as a member of the Blackhawks. His only other one came on March 21, 2019, when he played for Vegas.

Subban started for the first time since Feb. 15. Kevin Lankinen started in net the previous three games.

Korpisalo made 25 saves for Columbus.

Kane will get a chance to score his 400th goal in Chicago with five straight home games. The Blackhawks star got two in two games against Columbus and stands one away from becoming the fourth player in franchise history to score 400 with the team, joining Hall of Famers Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita and longtime star Steve Larmer. The 32-year-old is among the NHL's scoring leaders with 10 goals and 21 assists.

The Blackhawks will play back-to-back against Detroit on Saturday and Sunday.

RED WINGS 5, PREDATORS 2: In Detroit, Sam Gagner scored three goals, ending a 17-game drought that lasted nearly a year, to lift Detroit.

Luke Glendening and Adam Erne also scored for Detroit, which set a season high for goals. Jonathan Bernier made 37 saves, improving to 11-5-0 in 18 career games against Nashville.

Mikael Granlund and Erik Haula scored for the Predators.

Gagner snapped a 2-all tie at 9:58 of the third period. He spun into the right circle and fired the puck, which banked off goaltender Pekka Rinne's right skate and into the net.

Gagner's first goal, a bad-angle shot from the right corner, came at 8:38 of the second. His third was an empty-net tally at 16:56 of the third.

Bobby Ryan assisted on the first two goals by Gagner.

Rinne, who shut out the Red Wings on Tuesday night, had 28 saves.

Detroit has won two of its last three.

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