Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks are in the mix for a playoff spot in the congested Western Conference after they were one of the worst teams in the league in the first part of the season. Patrick Kane has 11 goals and 20 assists during a 14-game point streak, and the Blackhawks’ power play also has played a key role in the team’s turnaround.

CHICAGO (AP) — Dominik Kahun had two goals and an assist, Cam Ward made 43 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 for their seventh straight win. Chicago’s second line of Kahun, Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat delivered once again as the Blackhawks continued their surprising push after a lackluster first half of the season. Strome had a goal and two assists and DeBrincat extended his career-best point streak to eight games with three assists.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Jordan Bohannon hit a 3-pointer from 23 feet with three-tenths of a second remaining as No. 20 Iowa rallied from a 13-point deficit and beat Northwestern 80-79 Sunday night. Freshman Joe Wieskamp scored 21 points, Tyler Cook had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Isaiah Moss scored 16 points.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Jarred Dixon banked in a half-court shot just before the final buzzer to help Missouri State beat Illinois State 66-65. Leading 65-63 with 7.8 seconds left, Illinois State turned it over on an inbounds play.

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Marques Townes had 18 points as Loyola of Chicago narrowly beat Valparaiso 56-51. Cameron Krutwig had 12 points for Loyola of Chicago (16-9, 9-3 Missouri Valley Conference).