Make it 10 in a row.
During a first period that could have cured insomnia, Andrew Shaw appeared to score in the first, but video review questionably overturned the goal. Once the opening 20 minutes came to a close, the Hawks’ offense woke up.
Scott Darling made a few nice stops during a six minute stretch that saw the puck in the Hawks’ defensive zone far too much. But a parade to the penalty box opened the door for the Hawks to get their offense in motion.
As second penalty of the night on Jake Gardiner expired, the Hawks kept traffic around the net and Duncan Keith made a gorgeous touch pass through traffic in front of the net to a wide open Patrick Kane.
Four minutes later, this time with Matt Hunwick in the box for hitting Kane in the mouth with a high stick, the Hawks’ superstar made the Leafs pay again. This time it was Artemi Panarin with the pretty dish to Kane, who scored his league leading 27th goal of the season. Kane also set a new career high with his 14th power play goal of the season; Friday was the Hawks’ 47th game of the season.
The Hawks had three full power plays in the second period and a fourth called during the period as Nazem Kadri took a terrible penalty with less than one second remaining in the period. Only 21 seconds into the third, Kane returned the favor to Panarin with a beautiful set-up to extend the Hawks’ lead to three.
Morgan Reilly got Toronto on the board at 3:47 and the Leafs got two power play opportunities late in the third after Chicago had five straight advantages in the game. The Hawks were able to kill both penalties, including a 6-on-4 when Toronto pulled their goaltender for the final 30 seconds of the second advantage.
Mike Babcock left his cage empty after the second Hawks’ penalty ended and Kane received a nice pass for a breakaway. He scored into the empty net to complete his first career regular season hat trick. Kane now has a league-leading 28 goals.
Kane had four points (three goals, one assist), Panarin had three (one goal, two assists) and Brent Seabrook had two assists in another stellar win.
Toews and Niklas Hjalmarsson were credited with a team-leading three takeaways each, while Dennis Rasmussen and Hjalmarsson led the way with two hits each. To close out the loaded box score, Hjalmarsson and Trevor van Riemsdyk led the Hawks with three blocked shots each.
Ryan Garbutt skated only 7:45 but led the Hawks with five shots on net.
Darling was good when he needed to be, making 28 saves against 29 saves to earn the victory. James Reimer made 25 saves against 28 shots in the loss.
Chicago’s power play was successful twice in six advantages in the game, and they killed all three of Toronto’s power plays on the night.
The Hawks host Montreal at the United Center on Sunday evening. A win would tie the all-time franchise record win streak of 11 games.