CHICAGO -- Artemi Panarin scored with 1:14 left in regulation and then had the clinching goal in the shootout, helping the Chicago Blackhawks beat the New York Islanders 2-1 on Friday night for their sixth consecutive victory.
Jonathan Toews also scored in the tiebreaker as Chicago pulled within one point of idle Minnesota for the top spot in the Western Conference. Corey Crawford made 31 saves in his first start since Feb. 23.
After Toews beat Thomas Greiss with a wrist shot, Crawford turned away Joshua Ho-Sang. Patrick Kane was stopped by Greiss and Nikolay Kulemin shot it off the right post before Panarin finished off the victory for the Blackhawks.
Before Friday, the Islanders were 13-5-2 since Doug Weight replaced Jack Capuano as coach.
Chicago had won five in row and 10 of 11. Patrick Kane had scored hat tricks in two of the previous three games.
>> Read more
- 13:27 NYI Brock Nelson Assists: Travis Hamonic, Jason Chimera
- 18:46 CHI Artemi Panarin Assists: Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook
- NYI: Joshua Ho-Sang, Nikolay Kulemin missed
- CHI: Jonathan Toews, Artemi Panarin scored; Patrick Kane missed
The Islanders continue their road trip Sunday in Calgary against the Flames at 4 p.m.