CHICAGO — 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.
“They pressed,” Glass said. “I still think we did a great job hanging on.”
Chicago’s No. 1 goalie, Corey Crawford, missed his ninth game with an upper-body injury. No timetable is set for his return.
Anthony Duclair, acquired from Arizona on Wednesday as part of a four-player trade, had an assist in his Blackhawks debut as he skated on a line with Kampf and Alex DeBrincat. The trio was on the ice for both Chicago goals.
GM Stan Bowman said he acquired the speedy 22-year-old Duclair to add more quickness.
“That line played well,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “They immediately were noticed right off the bat. Whether it was quickness off the rush with the puck, they did some good things.”
Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck stopped 25 shots.
“It wasn’t an offensive game,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. “It wasn’t for both teams. It was an even grinder.
“We hit a couple of posts and didn’t finish our chances. They made the most of the few chances they had and that was it.”
One of the best chances during a scoreless first period was a near own-goal by Chicago.
Duclair lost control of the puck in the Blackhawks zone after Dustin Byfuglien slashed him with about a minute left in the period. With a delayed penalty pending, Glass headed to the bench for an extra attacker as the puck slid toward Chicago’s empty net. Defenseman Gustav Forsling…