The Blackhawks got a lift Friday night from a pair of first-year players — only one of whom is technically young enough to be considered a rookie.
David Kampf scored his first NHL goal and added an assist on his 23rd birthday, Jeff Glass blocked 31 shots and Chicago held off the Winnipeg Jets 2-1.
Jan Rutta also scored for the Blackhawks, who ended the Jets’ three-game winning streak and handed Winnipeg its first regulation loss in seven games (6-0-1).
“It’s pretty special,” Kampf said through a translator. “It’s the best day in my life to score the first NHL goal on my birthday.”
Glass, a 32-year-old who made his NHL debut on Dec. 29, lost a bid for his first shutout when Patrik Laine scored with 3:41 left in the third period. Winnipeg, the high-scoring Central Division leaders, came on with a late flurry, but Glass was sharp in his fifth NHL game to improve to 3-1-1.
“We checked hard all game,” Glass said. “Made my life easy.”
That was mostly the case until the Jets nearly tied it in the final minutes, when they started buzzing in the Chicago zone.