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Blackhawks cruise past Maple Leafs, end three-game skid

Kane has four points, seven players score

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

Kane's 34th goal of the season

TOR@CHI: Kane wrists one past Reimer

2/15/16: Patrick Kane rips a wrist shot from the right circle past James Reimer, giving him 34 goals on the season and four points on the night

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks made up for the loss of injured forward Marian Hossa with Patrick Kane's four points, Scott Darling's 35 saves and a strong special-teams performance at United Center on Monday.

Kane had a goal and three assists, Darling was sharp in his first start since Jan. 22, and the Blackhawks (37-18-5) scored four power-play goals in a 7-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs (20-26-9).

Chicago, which ended a three-game losing streak, was 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.

"We wanted to come in tonight and not take this game lightly," said Kane, who leads the NHL with 82 points and scored his 34th goal. "We wanted to make sure we were playing the right way and capitalize on our chances. I don't want to say it was an easy game. [Toronto was] still effective 5-on-5. I thought our power play was effective and kind of took over the game there to give us some breathing room."

Video: TOR@CHI: Darling's impressive glove save

Forward Andrew Shaw (goal, two assists) and defenseman Duncan Keith (three assists) each had three points. Rookie left wing Artemi Panarin had a goal and assist.

The Blackhawks got goals from seven players: Kane, Shaw, Panarin, Teuvo Teravainen, Brandon Mashinter, Brent Seabrook and Viktor Svedberg.

Mark Arcobello and PA Parenteau scored for Toronto (20-26-9). James Reimer allowed all seven goals.

Chicago swept two games from Toronto, winning by a combined margin of 11-3.

"They have so much talent," Parenteau said. "Every line is coming at you. As soon as you turn the puck over, you make a mistake, they're going to make you pay in this league. They're that good. You have to learn your lesson and next time you play them, you have to be ready to go from the start."

Video: TOR@CHI: Panarin beats Reimer five-hole

It was the second four-point game for Kane against Toronto this season. He got the first regular-season hat trick of his NHL career and had an assist in the Blackhawks' 4-1 win at Air Canada Centre on Jan. 15.

That victory was the Blackhawks' 10th in their 12-game winning streak, the longest in their history. This one helped Chicago erase some of the sting from going 0-2-1 in the first three of a four-game homestand.

Even without Hossa, who will be out at least two weeks after sustaining a lower-body injury Saturday in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks, the Blackhawks got off to the fast start that eluded them in their previous three games.

Mashinter and Shaw scored in the first period, and Seabrook's goal at 1:55 of the second made it 3-0. The Shaw and Seabrook goals came on Chicago's first two power plays.

Video: TOR@CHI: Shaw beats Reimer on the power play

Panarin, Kane, Teravainen and Svedberg scored four straight goals in the first 10:20 of the third to make it 7-0, including two more power-play goals, before Arcobello and Parenteau got a couple back for Toronto.

"Obviously, [our] penalty kill wasn't near good enough and we took too many penalties, so no, we weren't in the game basically from the start," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. "[We] turned the puck over right away early in the first. They were better than us. I thought we played a much better second, more of an even game, but you're down three. Then, they just buried us on the power play."

Mashinter made it 1-0 at 2:33 of the first with his third goal of the season, and Shaw pushed it 2-0 at 11:39. Those goals opened the game up and forced Toronto to chase the lead in the second.

The Maple Leafs got three power plays in the second period, when they outshot the Blackhawks 15-5, but Chicago made it 3-0 on Seabrook's goal.

Video: TOR@CHI: Arcobello buries a rebound past Darling

Darling made seven of his 15 saves in the second when Chicago was shorthanded and made two against Nick Spaling that stood out during 5-on-5 play. He went low to make a save at 4:48 to deny a goal off Spaling's rush, and then made a diving glove save at 5:47 off his one-timer from the slot.

"The puck shot out, I missed my push, so I just dove across and tried to keep my eye on it," said Darling, who hadn't won since the Blackhawks' first game against the Maple Leafs. "I got it with my glove, so a lot of things needed to go right for a save like that to happen."

Kane felt a little relieved watching the puck go into Darling's glove. The Blackhawks had turned the puck over in their own zone, leading to the scoring chance.

Video: TOR@CHI: Seabrook sizzles one by Reimer

"It was unbelievable to watch," Kane said. "I was on the ice for it. I was right there, and you figure you're taking a minus on that play. So, to see him dive across and make that save ... I'm sure it felt good for him, but it was a huge save at that time of the game too."

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was equally impressed. He called it a "wow" play but wasn't happy with the defensive play during that sequence.

"I didn't like what happened before that, which made that save much more appreciated, as far as him at that end of it," Quenneville said. "But the other five guys, I wasn't too pleased with."

Toronto concluded a five-game road trip and will head back home to play their next four games at Air Canada Centre.

Chicago will play at the New York Rangers on Wednesday, visit the White House in Washington, D.C., on Thursday and head to Minneapolis on Friday to begin preparing for the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against the Minnesota Wild at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday.

Video: Blackhawks erupt for seven goals in win over Toronto

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