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RECAP: Blackhawks Top Wild, 5-3

Patrick Kane hat trick propels Blackhawks to win over Wild

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

The Blackhawks got back into the win column on home ice with a 5-3 result over the Minnesota Wild as Patrick Kane netted his sixth career hat trick and Jonathan Toews added three assists.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Kane scored his first hat trick of the year for his second multi-goal game of the season (2 - Nov. 10 vs. TOR). 

STAT OF THE NIGHT: With his three-point night, Kane overtook and then opened a lead on Sidney Crosby for the decade scoring lead with 16 days left in the 2010s. Since Jan. 1, 2010, Kane has 791 points (311G, 480A), while Crosby has 788 points (296G, 492A). 

UP NEXT: The Blackhawks host the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night at the United Center (TICKETS).


The Blackhawks saw their first goal awarded this season on video review come at 7:42 of the opening period, as a previously waved off play showed that Kane's rebound of his own wraparound attempt completely crossed the goal line while on the pad of Kaapo Kahkonen. 

Video: MIN@CHI: Kane jams home rebound for opening goal

Kane would strike again at 11:33 of the period off a give-and-go with Jonathan Toews that the winger buried five-hole on Kahkonen on the power play for a 2-0 Blackhawks lead. 

Video: MIN@CHI: Kane wires home wrist shot for PPG

Eric Staal netted his 1,000th NHL point as he pulled one back for the Wild just over a minute later at 12:37. The veteran fed Ryan Suter on the power play and fired a one-timer on the return pass from the dot to cut the lead to 2-1. 

Kevin Fiala leveled things early in the second on a breakaway after picking up a loose puck off a deflection in his own end. The forward beat Robin Lehner with a wrister off the rush to make it 2-2 at 1:59. 

David Kampf netted his career-best fifth of the season at 8:13 of the middle frame, deflecting a Connor Murphy shot from the point that beat Kahkonen to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead. 

Video: MIN@CHI: Kampf deflects puck past Kahkonen

The Wild benefitted from a deflection at 14:20 of the second as Fiala centered a feed off the rush looking for Suter driving the goal. The pass deflected off the heel of Olli Maatta and past Lehner to even the game once again, 3-3. 

The Blackhawks re-gained the lead off a deflection at 11:38 of the third as Brandon Saad got a piece of a Murphy shot from the point that went off a defenseman and arched over the shoulder of Kahkonen for a 4-3 advantage. 

Video: MIN@CHI: Saad, Murphy combine for redirection goal

Kane added an empty-netter to complete the hat trick at 18:57 of the final frame.

Video: MIN@CHI: Kane completes hat trick with empty-net goal

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