4 Takeaways: Kubalik, Toews and Lehner lead Blackhawks past Ducks

Scott King

Dominik Kubalik and Jonathan Toews stayed hot to help the Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-2 on Saturday. Here are four takeaways: 

Kubalik ties rookie lead

Hawks rookie forward Dominik Kubalik extended his goal streak to four games, scoring from the left of the crease off a Patrick Kane rebound at 4:20 of the second period to give Chicago a 2-1 lead.

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He scored a second goal against the Ducks to put the Hawks up 3-1 at 12:21 of the second, hitting a rebound from Connor Murphy through John Gibson's five-hole.

Kubalik's 16 goals tie Buffalo Sabres forward Victor Olofsson for the rookie lead in scoring. Kubalik has 26 points (16 goals, 10 assists) in 44 games with the Blackhawks this season.

"The biggest part is that we're playing pretty well as a line," Kubalik said. "Lots of o-zone shifts, lots of shots to the net. I think that's the biggest thing. For example, me and Tazer, we both scored in the last two-three games, so that' s pretty good."

Toews under the radar

Hidden behind the injury, goalie tandem, Kane and rookie sensation Kubalik storylines have been Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews heating up.

With a goal and an assist on Saturday vs. the Ducks, Toews has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past five games. He's already having a solid season overall with 35 points in 46 games. 

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With his primary assist on Kubalik's first goal against the Ducks, Kane has 995 career points. Kane could hit 1,000 on the road with the Hawks ending a four-game homestand Saturday. They play in Ottawa on Tuesday, followed by Montreal Wednesday and Toronto Saturday before returning to the United Center next Sunday against Winnipeg. 

Lehner back

Blackhawks goalie Robin Lehner returned to the net after missing the past three games with a right-knee injury and saved 35 of 37 shots. He was out of the lineup for two and backed up Corey Crawford vs. the Predators on Thursday.

"It didn't feel great at the start, I think as the game went on I felt better and better," Lehner said. "Kind of felt a little weird at first. The first period I didn't feel quite right, the second period was a little weird, didn't have much to do until the last five minutes pretty much, pretty much had one chance that first 10 minutes, I think they had a 2-on-1. We knew they were going to have a push in the third and felt better there."

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4 Takeaways: Kubalik, Toews and Lehner lead Blackhawks past Ducks originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

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