Strome's goal was his seventh tally in 20 games since being acquired by Chicago from the Arizona Coyotes. The Blackhawks also debuted Drake Caggiula, who was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers earlier this week. Patrick Kane finished with three assists on the night, while Cam Ward did enough against a powerful offense, stopping 31 shots in the victory. The win for Chicago snaps a mild two-game losing streak, as they do sit just six points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. That is hard to believe for many hockey fans due to Chicago firing veteran head coach Joel Quenneville earlier in the year.
Alex Debrincat, Chris Kunitz, and Duncan Keith all found the back of the net for the Blackhawks, who have won 10 in a row against the Penguins. That dates back to a 4-1 loss to the Penguins on March 30th, 2014.
Patric Hornqvist, Jake Guentzel, and Derick Brassard all scored in the 13th loss of the season for the Penguins. Following the Washington Capitals' 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings earlier Sunday, the Penguins trail the defending Stanley Cup Champions by two points for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. They climbed the standings with a dominant streak that saw them outscore opponents, 32-9, while winning eight in a row.
Casey DeSmith made 26 saves for Pittsburgh in the loss, but that was not enough, as they move on to host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks look to increase their playoff hopes when they host the first-place Calgary Flames on Monday night.