Lankinen makes 33 saves as Blackhawks beat Panthers 3-2

A linesman breaks up an altercation between Frank Vatrano of the Florida Panthers with Connor Murphy and Nikita Zadorov of the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on March 23, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.
A linesman breaks up an altercation between Frank Vatrano of the Florida Panthers with Connor Murphy and Nikita Zadorov of the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on March 23, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (2021 Getty Images)

CHICAGO – Kevin Lankinen made 33 saves, Patrick Kane had two assists and the Chicago Blackhawks stopped a four-game slide by holding off the Florida Panthers for a 3-2 win.

Dominik Kubalik, Pius Suter and Carl Soderberg scored for Chicago in the opener of a six-game homestand.

It was the Blackhawks’ first victory against the Panthers in five games this season.

Anton Stralman and Alex Wennberg scored for the Panthers, who lost for the third time in four games.

Chris Driedger made 29 stops in the losing effort.