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THREE THINGS: Hat Trick Kane, Saad Surging and Boqvist's Boon

Three takeaways from Chicago's 5-3 win over Minnesota on Sunday night

by Chris Kuc @ChrisKuc /

If one positive could be found about their debacle in St. Louis, it's that the Blackhawks had another game less than 24 hours later.

The Blackhawks rebounded from perhaps their most difficult loss of the season by defeating the Wild 5-3 on Sunday night at the United Center. The victory, which was sparked by Patrick Kane's sixth career hat trick, came a night after the Blackhawks blew a three-goal, third-period lead to the Blues and it helped erase the memory of their winless three-game road trip.

"It's an advantage to be able to play within less than 24 hours and not allow too much time for it to soak in (and) feel bad for yourselves," Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy said. "It's something that in order to be a character team you've got to show that you're able to bounce back and put a good effort and put things in the past as soon as they're over."

In addition to Kane's three goals, the Blackhawks got scores from Brandon Saad and David Kampf and solid goaltending from Robin Lehner (23 saves) to snap a four-game losing skid.

"It's nice to get right back at it and not let it linger too much," Saad said. "You have to have a short memory in this game and another test (against the Wild) was tough for us. But to pull through with a late win like that, it's a good character win for our group."

The Blackhawks improved to 13-15-6 on the season while the Wild, who got two goals from Kevin Fiala, dropped to 16-13-5.

Video: Kane's hat trick lifts Blackhawks to 5-3 victory

Here are three takeways from the Blackhawks' win:


Kane recorded his sixth career hat trick when he scored into the empty net with 1:03 remaining in the third to put the game away. After suffering through a six-game goal-less skid, Kane now has four in the last two games.

The winger also scored the first two goals of the game against Wild goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen and now has 18 goals on the season.

"It was nice to get one," Kane said of the hat trick. "You get two (goals) early on and you think maybe you have a chance at one. Obviously, it came a little bit later in the game but a huge fourth goal for us (by Saad) and I was able to finish it off with an empty net. Obviously, that's a big win for us."

Lehner gave the perspective of a goaltender when it comes to Kane's scoring ability.

"He's such a well-rounded player," Lehner said. "I think as a goalie, going in practice every day against him, he has such patience with the puck and he's so accurate with his shot. He doesn't shoot in the conventional - just go high or try to go bar and in. He goes between the arms, between the legs, over the pads. It's very hard as a goalie to get a read. He waits you out and then it's in."

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


Saad has been one of the Blackhawks' best players this season but has had trouble finishing some of his opportunities. The winger appears to be putting those woes behind him as Saad now has three goals in his last two games.

"That's a little puck luck," Saad said of the resurgence. "I think (against the Blues) you get a lucky one and feel good and then (Sunday night) you just get a bounce off a deflection and that's what it takes sometimes getting to the dirty areas."

Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said Saad has been solid throughout this season and is now getting rewarded.

"He's been so good for us all year and sometimes he can be snakebit," Colliton said. "He's just that type of player, he gets a lot of chances and it can be streaky for him. But regardless of him scoring, he's important for the team. But it's a boost when he puts it in the net."

In his eighth NHL season, Saad believes he's playing at one of the highest levels of his career.

"I try to improve every year and coming into this year I felt pretty confident, but I think on a consistent basis this is some of the best hockey I've ever played," Saad said.

Video: Saad on playing his best hockey


Adam Boqvist appeared in his 10th game of the season for the Blackhawks, triggering the first year of the defenseman's entry-level contract.

Like fellow rookie Kirby Dach, Boqvist is now in line to be a restricted free agent following 2021-22 season and is thrilled to play at the NHL level.

"Of course you want to be here full time," Boqvist said. "I want to play in the best league it the world. I'm living my dream right so I'm just going to keep working hard at it to get better and we'll see what happens."

Boqvist is in his second stint with the Blackhawks this season after being recalled to replace injured veteran Calvin de Haan. With Duncan Keith still sidelined, the 19-year-old Boqvist knows he'll play a big role on the back end for the Blackhawks.

"It's a good opportunity to show what I can do," Boqvist said. "Two really good defensemen are out and, of course, I'll get more ice time so I have to do my best out there."

While Boqvist possesses high-end offensive skills, his defense is a work-in-progress. Colliton knows there will be a learning curve with the young blue liner.

"There are going to be mistakes, there are going to be situations where he puts himself in a bad spot but he also has the skill and skating to solve those situations," Colliton said. "The more he can earn as far as role and ice time is probably the better for us long term."

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