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RECAP: Blackhawks 5, Wild 2

Patrick Kane recorded a hat trick and Collin Delia made 46 saves in a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

RAPID REACTION: Collin Delia was stellar between the pipes, stopping 46 shots, the power play came through and Patrick Kane scored three as the Blackhawks handled the visiting Minnesota Wild 5-2.

Patrick Kane gave the Blackhawks the 1-0 lead at 4:02 of the first period, scoring his 18th of the season by stopping a pass from Erik Gustafsson with his skate and then firing the puck past Devan Dubnyk.

Zach Parise scored his 16th of the season at 15:00 of the first to even the score at 1-1.

Brandon Saad buried a shot from the slot just 23 seconds into the second period to give Chicago a 2-1 edge.

Kane scored his second of the game and 19th of the season at 3:53 of the middle frame, hammering home a one-timer.

Saad made it 4-1 on the power play when he sniped a shot from inside the circle at 12:17 of the final period.

Video: MIN@CHI: Saad corrals puck and beats Dubnyk

The Wild got one on the board with 50.3 seconds remaining in the game and with their goalie pulled for the extra attacker to make it 4-2, but the game was well out of reach by that point.

Kane completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal with 26.9 seconds left to finish off the victory.

Delia was the big story in this one impressing in his second start of 2018-19. The 24-year-old netminder has now stopped 81 of 84 shots he's faced this season and is 2-0-0.

KING KANE: Kane took back the team-lead in goals with his 18th of the season in the first, overtaking Alex DeBrincat (17). With Jonathan Toews not far behind (16), Kane gave himself a two-goal edge with his 19th of the year in the second period, on the power play, and then made it a three-goal buffer with his 20th of the season and hat-trick tally late in the game.

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: He's got this one-timer down Pat #Blackhawks pic.twitter.com/8kV6KIhTde

SAAD BREAKS THROUGH: Brandon Saad scored his first goal since Dec. 12 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He had gone the previous six games without a goal, his second-longest drought of the season. Saad scored his second of the game in the third on the power play.

POWER-PLAY PROGRESS: The Blackhawks have scored on the man advantage at least once in four of their last five games. They scored twice in this one.

TALKING POINTS: "He's been good. Can't say I'm not surprised that he's performing as he has. He's very self-aware and I think he built up a lot of confidence last season that he was capable and could go through tough times and could go through adversity and it's not going to bother him. He had played a game or two last year and so he's ready. It's fun to watch. He's been good for us." - Head Coach Jeremy Colliton on Delia's performance

Video: Patrick Kane on hat trick, win

"I haven't really thought much about my own performance, just I thought we played a really complete game through and through. I think they got a lot of floater shots on net and I think the D did a great job of clearing them up, allowing me to see shots right to the very end and I think just through and through we had good back pressure from the forwards which made the D's job a lot easier." - Delia on the game

WHAT'S NEXT: Chicago will close out 2018 on the road in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. The game is at 8 p.m. CT. The game can be seen on NBCSCH or heard on WGN 720.

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