|Date of game: 12/23/2014
Recap: Chicago vs. Winnipeg
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mathieu Perreault continued his hot play of late with two goals to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.
Perreault has tallied five goals and four assists over an eight-game point streak.
Blake Wheeler finished with a goal and an assist, Bryan Little and Anthony Peluso also scored and Andrew Ladd supplied two helpers for the Jets, who improved to 3-0-1 over their last four games.
Michael Hutchinson, who posted a 33-save shutout in Winnipeg's 1-0 over Chicago on Nov. 2, was stellar once again, turning aside 38 shots for the win.
"Hutchinson was good for us and made some key saves at the right times," said Perreault. "When we got our chances, we were able to put them in."
Marian Hossa scored Chicago's lone goal and Antti Raanta made 11 saves in relief of Corey Crawford, who was yanked after allowing three goals on 13 shots during the first period.
"I think we've been in every hockey game except for tonight," Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville said. "Disappointing ending to a very good stretch."
The Blackhawks had an eight-game home winning streak come to an end.
Perreault continued his hot stretch with a wrist shot over Crawford's right shoulder for the game's first goal at 9:04 of the first.
Just over four minutes later, Wheeler stripped a defender of the puck along the boards and sent it to Ladd. Little received a pass from Ladd and made it a 2-0 game with his rising wrister.
Peluso batted a loose puck in the crease past Crawford to make it a 3-0 game with 4:30 remaining in Winnipeg's dominant opening stanza.
The Jets continued to pepper the Blackhawks in the second as Perreault snuck a wrister past a screened Raanta at 8:16 on the power play.
Brandon Saad sent a lead pass through the neutral zone to Hossa, who barreled in on a breakaway and beat Hutchinson's glove with a wrister, putting Chicago on the board with 7:55 remaining in the middle frame.
The Blackhawks, hoping to spark a comeback, pulled Raanta with just under five minutes to play, but Wheeler sealed the outcome with an empty-net marker.Game Notes
Perreault tied Toby Enstrom and Evander Kane, who had similar point streaks
during the 2012-13 season ... Chris Thorburn registered his 100th NHL point
with an assist on Peluso's goal ... Chicago lost for the first time on home
ice since a 3-2 loss to Washington on Nov. 7.