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Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd (16) gets a shot off during the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. (Bruce Fedyck/USA Today Sports)
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd (16) gets a shot off during the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. (Bruce Fedyck/USA Today Sports)

Ladd scores in Winnipeg return as Blackhawks blank Jets Add to ...

Andrew Ladd scored against his former team and Scott Darling made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Chicago Blackhawks downed the Winnipeg Jets 4-0 on Friday.

The victory halted Chicago’s four-game losing streak and was Ladd’s first appearance in Winnipeg since the former Jets captain was traded to Chicago on Feb. 25.

Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa opened the scoring 26 seconds apart late in the second period. Tomas Fleischmann also had a goal and Kane added an assist.

It was Darling’s 20th game of the season and second shutout of his two-year career with the Blackhawks (42-24-6).

Ondrej Pavelc turned aside 32 shots for Winnipeg (29-37-5), which was starting a four-game homestand.

The Jets traded Ladd to the Blackhawks in a multi-player deal that included current Winnipeg forward Marko Dano.

Ladd was given a standing ovation by the crowd at MTS Centre when the videotron showed a short tribute of his career moments with the NHL club early in the first period. He raised his stick to the fans in appreciation.

Chicago had a 13-11 edge in shots on goal after the scoreless first period, which featured Pavelec making a high-light reel, full-arm snapping glove save on Dale Weise late in the period.

Darling provided his own wow moment in the second when he sprawled out on his stomach to stop a Drew Stafford shot.

Kane scored his 39th goal of the season, and recorded his 91st point, at 16:56 when he raced in alone on Pavelec, sending a backhand shot over the netminder’s shoulder on the short side.

A shot by Artem Anisimov went off the stick of Winnipeg defenceman Dustin Byfuglien onto Hossa’s stick and he fired the puck by Pavelec at 17:22 for his 12th goal of the season and 2-0 lead.

The Blackhawks are 37-6-4 when scoring first.

Ladd and Fleischmann scored 1:45 apart in the third period.

Ladd netted his 20th goal at 3:06 after Jonathan Toews sent him a pass from the side of the net out in front.

A Winnipeg turnover led to Fleischmann’s 12th goal at 4:51 for the 4-0 lead.

The Jets host Anaheim on Saturday, while Chicago is home to Minnesota the same day.

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