Patrick Kane scored for the first time in what felt like forever, and played with a swagger that had been missing for the last couple weeks. His second goal in 14 games followed a gorgeous assist on Jonathan Toews’ goal to open the scoring, and the Blackhawks stayed hot.
After a couple weeks of relying on secondary scoring, the stars came to play in a game that was delayed 30 minutes because of weather.
Friday night was Kane’s first multi-point game since Dec. 5 (20 games). He was also credited with two hits and four takeaways in the game.
In between Toews’ Western Conference-leading 27th goal and Kane’s tally was a power play goal from Duncan Keith. Keith hadn’t scored a goal since Nov.13 vs. Edmonton (30 games), and this was his first game-winner of the year.
Toews left the ice for a moment after a slash, clearly favoring his wrist. But he returned to the ice and was his usually-dominant self at the dot, winning 12 of 20 faceoffs. He has now scored five goals in his last four games.
Nick Leddy had an assist for the fourth consecutive game. Marian Hossa and Viktor Stalberg were also credited with assist in the game. In spite of the relatively quiet box score, Jimmy Hayes had another strong game.
Ray Emery was solid again, allowing only one goal against 19 shots, improving his record to 11-3-2 on the season. The Hawks allowed only four shots to reach him in the third period. Friday night was the tenth time in 17 appearances that Emery allowed no more than two goals.
Chicago improved to 19-5-4 at the United Center; they’re in Nashville for a critical Central Division match-up on Saturday night.