CHICAGO – After the Vancouver Canucks tied the game with two goals 46 seconds apart in the third period, the Blackhawks needed someone to step up.
One Captain coming up.
Jonathan Towes wristed a bullet past Ryan Miller after Richard Panik missed wide from the far side of the ice with 1:18 remaining in regulation and then the Hawks added an insurance goal to lift them to a 4-2 win at a sold-out United Center.
Toews, Patrick Kane, Panik, and Marian Hossa all scored for Chicago while Troy Stetcher and Bo Horvat tallied for the Canucks.
Coupled with the Minnesota Wild’s 4-2 loss to the Nashville Predators, the Blackhawks are tied atop Western Conference with 65 points with the Wild.
The Blackhawks outshot the Canucks 18-9 in the first period and took a 2-0 lead on goals by Panik and Kane, who scored 3:03 apart.
That lead lasted to the third when Stetcher and Horvat scored 46 seconds apart to tie the game.