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NHL Recap: Blackhawks take down Leafs

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Chicago Blackhawks: 4   Toronto Maple Leafs: 1

The Chicago Blackhawks, who have won their last 9 games and sit tied for first place in the Central division, faced off against the Toronto Maple Leafs looking to extend their winning streak to 10 games. They would do just that, winning 4-1. Forward Patrick Kane scored his first regular season hat trick of his career, scoring 3 goals and adding an assist for a total of 4 points. With the hat trick, Kane would take the league lead in goals with 28, and extend his points lead to 14.

Andrew Shaw looked to have scored in the first period, after grabbing his own rebound and shooting it past goaltender James Reimer. The goal was disallowed after Toronto head coach Mike Babcock used his coaches challenge, thinking that hawks forward Marian Hossa entered the zone offside. After reviewing the play, the officials overturned the call on the ice, resulting in a no goal.

Patrick Kane put the puck into the net mid way through the second period, giving the hawks a 1 goal lead. Hawks rookie phenom Artemi Panarin threw the puck to the front of the net, where Duncan Keith grabbed it and tapped it to Kane. Kane fired the puck right into an open net.

Kane would score just 4 minutes later, this time on the power play. Panarin would rack up his second assist of the game, feeding Kane with pass from the far side of the ice, before Kane fired the puck past Reimer, giving the Hawks a 2-0 lead late in the first period.

Following a late second period penalty from the Maple Leafs, as well as an early penalty in the third period, the Hawks found themselves with a 5 on 3 man advantage. Just 10 second into that man advantage, Kane crossed the puck directly through the crease onto the tape of Panarin’s stick. Panarin would fire the puck into the net, giving the Hawks a 3 goal lead.

The Maple Leafs would finally score just minutes after Panarin’s goal, when Morgan Rielly put the puck past Hawks goalie Scott Darling. After receiving a pass from P.A. Parenteau, Rielly blasted a wrist shot past Darling, scoring the lone goal for the Leafs. Kane would score the empty net goal, giving him the hat trick and clinching the Blackhawks 10th victory in a row.

THREE STARS:

  1. Patrick Kane: 3 goals 1 assist
  2. Artemi Panarin: 1 goal, 2 assists
  3. Brent Seabrook: 0 goals, 2 assists

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