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Chicago 6, Winnipeg 2
When: 8:30 PM ET, Thursday, March 29, 2018
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Referees: Dan O'Rourke, Kyle Rehman
Linesmen: Bevan Mills, Andrew Smith
Attendance: 21839
Tomas Jurco scored twice, and Collin Delia made 25 saves to win his abbreviated NHL debut as the Chicago Blackhawks rolled to a 6-2 victory over the visiting Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night at the United Center.

Patrick Kane, Erik Gustafsson and Alex DeBrincat each had a goal and an assist, and Brandon Saad also scored for last-place Chicago, which won for the second time in the past three games.

Bryan Little and Mark Scheifele scored for the Jets, who already have clinched a spot in the playoffs. Winnipeg's six-game winning streak ended.

Delia filled in on short notice for Blackhawks goaltender Anton Forsberg, who was hurt while warming up before the game. Minus Forsberg, the team lined up amateur Scott Foster as an emergency backup.

The move to call up Foster proved necessary. Delia was forced to leave the game with an apparent leg injury with 14:01 left.

That meant Foster -- a 36-year-old who played at Western Michigan more than a decade ago -- stepped in to make his NHL debut. The Ontario native stopped all seven shots he faced and was swarmed by grinning teammates after the final horn sounded.

Jets goaltender Eric Comrie turned aside 36 shots in the loss.

Kane started the scoring 3:44 after the opening faceoff. He streaked down the ice on a three-on-two break and snapped a wrist shot for his 27th goal.

Chicago increased its lead to 2-0 when Saad scored with 2:43 to go in the first period.

Jurco scored back-to-back goals in the second period to put the Blackhawks on top 4-0. Artem Anisimov earned an assist on Jurco's first goal, and Gustafsson set up the next goal with a rush from the blue line.

Winnipeg snapped the shutout with 5:36 left in the second period. Dustin Byfuglien blasted a slap shot that Little redirected past Delia.

Gustafsson scored to make it 5-1 with 2:33 to go in the second period.

Less than 90 seconds later, Scheifele buried a one-timer to pull the Jets within three goals.

DeBrincat matched Kane for best on the Blackhawks with 27 goals to make it 6-2 early in the third period.

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook played in his 1,000th career game. He is one of only five players to appear in 1,000 games for the team, joining Stan Mikita (1,394), Bobby Hull (1,036), Eric Nesterenko (1,013) and Bob Murray (1,008).

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Winnipeg   Chicago
Bryan Little 1 Points Tomas Jurco 2
Bryan Little 1 Goals Tomas Jurco 2
Dustin Byfuglien 1 Assists Dylan Sikura 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Eric Comrie .857 Save Percentage Scott Foster 1.000
Eric Comrie 36 Saves Collin Delia 25
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Winnipeg 34 2 0-1 2-2 4 36
Chicago 42 6 0-2 1-1 2 20
Upcoming Games
  • Chicago will play their next game on the road against Colorado. The Blackhawks have a W/L % of .375 after a win and .435 after a loss.
  • Winnipeg will play their next game on the road against Toronto. The Jets have a W/L % of .596 after a win and .633 after a loss.