The Chicago Blackhawks (14-18-5) skated to their third consecutive win on Jan. 13, defeating the Montreal Canadiens (7-24-5) 3-2 in a game marked by a pre-event tribute to Andrew Shaw, who played for both teams.
Dominik Kubalik and Patrick Kane each snapped multi-game goal droughts in regulation for the Blackhawks, and Philipp Kurashev netted the game-winner in overtime. Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 stops in his fifth straight start.
Also, for the first time in his career, the Blackhawks' Alex DeBrincat is an NHL All-Star. He will be the only representative from Chicago. Kane won't be playing in the game, ending his streak of nine consecutive All-Star appearances, The Chicago Tribune noted.
Named to the Central Division roster ahead of the 2022 NHL All-Star Game in Las Vegas, DeBrincat will stand alongside some of the league's biggest names at the annual showcase, which includes the All-Star Skills competition on Friday, Feb. 4; and the 3-on-3 All-Star tournament on Saturday, Feb. 5.
DeBrincat reached the 20-goal plateau for the fourth time in five seasons and did so in the fewest number of games of his career (33 games, eclipsing previous of 36 last season).
The Blackhawks next face the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, Jan. 15, at the United Center.