Patrick Kane Returns With Hat Trick, Blackhawks Get First Win

After the Blackhawks announced on Monday that Marian Hossa’s Legacy Night was being postponed, the team took the ice against the Ottawa Senators looking for their first win of the season.

Chicago was desperate for anything good — on the ice or off it. So maybe a young Senators team would be what the doctor ordered.

Unfortunately, most of the first period felt like the rest of this young season. Through 16 minutes, the Hawks were getting outshot 12-4 on home ice. The United Center appeared to be maybe 60 percent filled and the Hawks were struggling to keep those fans engaged. Marc-André Fleury held his own so his teammates weren’t chasing.

And with 49 seconds left in the first period, the Blackhawks broke through against Fleury’s former Penguins teammate, Matt Murray. Patrick Kane picked up a primary assist in his first period back from COVID protocol on Brandon Hagel’s second goal of the season.

After 20 minutes, the Hawks had a one-goal lead and both Kane and Jonathan Toews had an assist.

Only 38 seconds into the second period, the Hawks got a power play and they took advantage. Kane was wasting absolutely no time making an impact on the offense and added a goal to his line two minutes into the second. Toews picked up another assist on the power play goal; Ryan Carpenter was also credited with a helper.

The goal is the 406th regular-season goal in the career of Kane, which ties him with Steve Larmer for third all-time in Blackhawks history. Reminder: the Blackhawks should have retired Larmer’s number two decades ago and he should be in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

That goal started a stretch in which the Blackhawks absolutely dominated puck possession. Kane looked as good and fresh as he has this entire season and the dynamic up front looked completely different. In fact, the Hawks put 13 of the first 14 shots on credited in the first 13 minutes of the second period.

Chicago finished the second period with a strong penalty kill and had a two-goal lead after 40 minutes. Fleury was good again and the offense was actually sustaining pressure in the zone for more than three or four seconds at a time. The Blackhawks out-shot the Sens 15-6 in the second.

As we always say in a two-goal game, the next goal may be the biggest. And on this night, it came off the stick of Hagel… 27 seconds into the third. Toews picked up his third assist of the night on the goal.

Less than 60 seconds later, Kane ripped home his second goal of the night and 407th of his career to give the Blackhawks a 4-0 lead.

Because nothing can be easy, Ottawa got on the board 19 seconds after Kane’s second of the night. Alex Formenton scored for the Senators.

Kane wasn’t done, however. He scored his third goal of the night on a breakaway and, in doing so, passed Denis Savard into third all-time in franchise history with 1,097 career points.

And we’ve gotta say… damn, Kane looked good. Kane and Toews played their best hockey of the season on Monday night and the state line at the end of the night showed it. Toews had three assists and won 12 of 15 faceoffs; Kane had one assist and three goals.

Considering how boring and lifeless the offense was over the opening 16 minutes of the game, the final 44 minutes were a refreshing ass kicking the likes of which we hadn’t seen yet from this Blackhawks team.

Mike Hardman (four) and Reese Johnson (five) led the team in hits.

The Hawks won 63 percent of the faceoffs in the game and killed all four of Ottawa’s power plays.

Fleury stopped 29 of 30 shots in a second straight strong performance.

31 thoughts on “Patrick Kane Returns With Hat Trick, Blackhawks Get First Win

  • November 1, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Well, I was right ! Tonight was the night ! They looked good ! POPS 4

  • November 1, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Good on Kaner!!!

    Congrats on passing Steve Larmer who should be in the HHOF and have his number retired!

    The 2nd period was by far and away there best period in years!

    Fleury is still swimming in the crease, I miss Corey.

    10K people in the seats, maybe?

    Did Strome catch a flight w/the Sen’s?

  • November 1, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    I guess Kane told “Father Time” to buzz off. Some people here will probably say he should be doing that every night.

  • November 1, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    As Fleury put it a big Gorilla off their backs. 38-19-88 should be together for a few games at least. Kaner came back in style, passing Larmer who definitely should be in hof and Savard who is on alltime Blackhawk leaders for goals and points respectively. Canes up next Wednesday. be a tough one to say the least.

  • November 1, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    Toews finally had his most consistent strong play on the boards -but still looks real quick to tire
    Did I see Gus put Tkachuk on his ass in one of their wrestling matches in front of the crease?
    Thought Chris Vosters did a great job, even provided meaningful commentary during lulls; Eddie managed to draw him into some classic nonsense banter but the kid held his ground and avoided getting pulled in too deep

  • November 1, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Certainly T and K’s best game of the year and the Hawks won – funny that

    Jones strong again – it feels like this is going to be the norm

    What might not be the norm is another strong game from Gus – a beauty pass to Kane but also exiting the zone well

    I was not that comfortable with Fleury – it looks like he played well and he did but he seems to lose his net quite often – maybe that’s just his style? and I’m not used to it

    Phillips played better each game but I’ll be glad when Stillman is back – Phillips should be back in the A but he has promise for sure – his best game tonight

    I didn’t mind Strome – he actually seemed to fit on that 4th line which is kinda weird

    Hopefully Borg Khaira and Stillman back for CAR

  • November 1, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Wrap – same thoughts on MAF, looks like he’s completely flailing sometimes, but I just haven’t seen enough of his style over the years to know if that’s really part of his Vezina and Cup-winning repertoire

  • November 1, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    That has been a knock against Fleury, being over aggressive and losing his net. Also losing concentration and puck handling have always cost him from time to time too. His puck handling cost him the gold medal at world juniors, as gave puck aeay late in a tie game

  • November 2, 2021 at 2:46 am

    Outstanding! Any win is a good win.

    I just want to say congrats to 88, who has proven to be a real pro during his career. He was damn near run out of town at one point. I ‘m glad things didnt go the way many were wanting it to go.

    Also, I didn’t chime in on the last Larmer thread because I just have grown so tired of fighting the good fight for 28. That is not how I should have reacted. That said, my latest offering, and i try to make a different case every time, is personal….

    The only time ive worn an opposing players jersey to a home game was in 2020 vs NYR. Right be Covid. I wore the white NYR 28. I received compliments from Sharpie and a few very genuine fans.

    We got smoked that night, and I left feeling good.
    That had never happened before. Long Live Larms28, stop the bullshit and do the right thing!

  • November 2, 2021 at 6:47 am

    Nice game and hope more to come. Even if they don’t come out on top. It looked like everyone was skating for a purpose. Passing better. Yes the puck bounced the Blackhawks way on Hagel’s and Kane’s first goals. Did see the battles in front of the Hawk’s net trying to clear it as in front of the Sen’s net trying to crowd it.

    My trader Jack mind started thinking. At the players request only.(obviously it has to be because of the nmc) Kane and a ’23 #2 to Buf for Eichel and ’23 #1. The reason for the picks is they are out of a 10mil contract way sooner.

    Second one maybe more realistic Toews and we retain some $$ to Win for Stastny and either Copp or Lowery. Better would be PLB for Toews and we retain $$.

  • November 2, 2021 at 7:36 am

    Kane ,Kane , Kane . Had a great game but Nobody seems to see Hagel with is defensive game when he trow himself on the ice to stop the offensive treat on a shorthand then fight for the puck to create a power play and had is best game this year with 2 goals +2 5 shot on goal (1 less then Kane) , 3.53 minutes SH 17.23 minutes on the ice . At 1,5 million/ year …wow what a deal .
    Fleury save the Hawks specially in the first period but sometimes he looks like a chicken with no head going from one side to the other then fall then run at the puck ,a bit funny sometimes scary and finish the night with his first win with the Hawks and getting his second game with 1 goal against him . Strome was good I think and finish the night with 71% on f o . Hardman can be replace easily I think but had 4 hits
    I am starting to like $ Jones and I think he will be better when he has another 10-15 games with is new team .

  • November 2, 2021 at 7:38 am

    Is the NHL going to make them hold a Kyle Beach Night before they are allowed to honor anyone from the 2010 team? Asking for a friend!

  • November 2, 2021 at 7:42 am

    Ian – You could also argue that Fleury lost Vegas the series to MTL last year with that epic puck handling mistake with less than a minute left that allowed MTL to tie the game then win in OT if memory serves

  • November 2, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Hawks10 agree with the Hagel compliment. I believe we all have become use to his play and become accustomed to him performing like that. Great game by Hagel. That second goal was a nice no look shot!.

    $ Jones (like the nick name) is looking better with more games under his belt with this team. Another $$$ defenseman $inged for $9mil. It’s going to be the norm to have one or two at $7mil+. I believe we have one of the better ones at that price tag.

  • November 2, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Hagel- always love that guy.

    he deserves to play on Stanley Cup team… kinda guy every SC winner has one or two of.
    Kruger/Frolik type guy


  • November 2, 2021 at 9:05 am

    I liked that kid that did the play by play last night. To me he sounded like Joe Buck without the bloviating and hyperbole. He should get another chance, need a young, fresh sounding voice in the booth with no disrespect to Wiedeman. Phillips is definitely better than Mitchell.

  • November 2, 2021 at 9:07 am

    A healthy engaged Kane heals offensive woes. Kane,Toews,and Hagel played an outstanding game and yes,they should have been playing that game each and every night That’s what top lines do. The defensive coverage and backchecking is slowly getting to NHL level. Fleury is increasing his value. Wednesday night against the Canes will tell us much more.

  • November 2, 2021 at 9:13 am

    Toews and Kane, on the same line, works. I liked Carpenter on the LW. He did what “The Mutt” used to do. Having DeBrincat with Dach, and Hagel on the LW worked. Strome is not a 4th line guy, but he got the message. “Play hard or don’t play.” It’s a good game to build upon. Hopefully Borgstrom and Stillman will be back soon. I think Phillips should stay up with the team. When Stillman. C. Jones, and Kalynuk return, it will be interesting to see what happens. deHaan? Gustafsson? The defense will be fun to see. Who fits and who doesn’t?
    Offensively, I can do without T. Johnson and Kurashev. Send Kurashev down and let Strome and Gaudette fight for ice time. The 4th line of R. Johnson, Hardman, and Entwistle is just fun to watch. They get their role and are hitting EVERYTHING!!! Borgstrom, Strome/Gaudette, and Kubalik would be an interesting 3rd line.
    Fleury had 2 strong games. Let’s not forget, he’s still an excellent goalie. Lankinen is a very solid back-up.
    I don’t know if this game was a Colliton win or if he accidentally did the right things. 2 wins in a row? I’m not getting ahead of myself. Good win. NEXT!!!

  • November 2, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Anyone watching the game last night was watching history being made. Kane just keeps climbing the ladder, I don’t know if he will end up on top but he sure is fun to watch when he’s feeling it. First time in awhile something besides doom and gloom.

  • November 2, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Toews is playing at a 4th line center production….and saying this was one of his best games is proof he is now a 4th line center.
    And who said there will be a Kyle Beach night ? Wow…..if the Hawks did anything like that, it will be an empty apology on full display….what are they going to do ? Show his AHL highlights ? And apologize over and over and over and say as an organization we believe this and that….when we all know the Hawks do not care what so ever….the players are replaceable pieces to be tossed away when no longer needed…. it’s all about money people, the organization can tell you all you want to hear to make you feel good, kind of like a politician….tell em what they want to hear, then do the opposite. JMO

  • November 2, 2021 at 10:46 am

    Great interview with Shaw on TSN between first and second period…I am sure he really misses the game but nice to see him doing well back home in Belleville

  • November 2, 2021 at 11:31 am

    That was fun. And welcome. With Carolina up next on Wednesday, it might be a short lived celebration but at this point we’ll take what we can get when we can get it.

    There’s a lot to like with a game you win 5-1, especially when the PK goes 4-4 and the PP goes 1-2 … but … this was against Ottawa with a leaky goaltender. Just sayin.

    Phillips is interesting. His speed/quickness is questionable but he’s sturdy enough and doesn’t seem overwhelmed so at this point I prefer him over Mitchell who still has too many deer in the headlights moments.

  • November 2, 2021 at 11:34 am

    Love the win, it’s nice beating a team that you should decisively. But, I’m not going to get too excited, yet, because one game a trend does not make.

    That said, it felt like this team is starting to take to heart that offense starts with good defense. I think the trick is getting this roster to accept this as a habit or axiom and live it.

    If the Hawks can stay even on 5 on 5 play I think the team starts to differentiate itself with its special teams play.

    Not an ideal game to go into Carolina again, but if the Hawks can play this way I suspect we will see better results against the Canes the second time around.

    This roster needs some consistency, hopefully Colliton can stop the line blenders and do what he should have done in the pre-season which is try to get guys who compliment each other on the same lines and get them to build good habits.

    It’s one game against a not great team, but it still feels good. I hope to see this team put up a fight against the Canes.

  • November 2, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    Happy for Kaner ! But, take a look at the stats for LARMS ! Much faster than Kane ! 28 should be in the rafters at the U.C . And he should have been in HHOF Toronto a decade ago ! What’s the matter with all the big shots in NHL head office !POPS 4

  • November 2, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    In years passed I was a frequent poster, but it’s been a long time. Recent events have drawn me back. A win, finally. And in high fashion w/ 88’s HT. First thing I was looking for in the recap was attendance…sounds like it was sparse.
    There is only one over-riding priority for Wirtz right now: settle Kyle Beach’s case. Do this fast and in abundance. Like the time Notre Dame had that unfortunate football assistant blown down from a tower on the windiest day of the year. They took immediate and full responsibility. I’m told that the financial settlement was way beyond what the lawyers said ND should do. This is exactly what Wirtz should be doing right now. Kyle Beach said he is relieved that it’s all out in the open now and that the team and the league have apologized. But he also said that “My battle is really just beginning as the Blackhawks continue to attempt to destroy my case in court.”
    If the club does not have a press release before the end of this week that the lawsuit has culminated in a financial settlement to Mr. Beach then the stench of this debacle worsens. The organization actually hasn’t hit bottom yet here – they could be continuing to stall and scheme to see if they can further avoid responsibility. Only an immediate settlement stabilizes the matter and puts Chicago on a path toward renewal.
    I drive a high-end car. For years I’ve proudly had a Blackhawks team frame around the license plate on the front bumper. Some say it looked out of place on that car. I didn’t care, drove all around and engaged any conversation about my team that the plate often generated. But the other day I removed it.
    I’m really hoping I can restore it soon.

  • November 2, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Whatever is said about the 2010 team, Patrick Kane just showed how they earned the cup that year.

  • November 2, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    Agree with the comments regarding Brandon Hagel. What he does on the ice does not always show up on the scoresheet but he excels at his role. The human swiss army knife. Also agree with the comments regarding Chris Vosters and his play-by-play coverage. I prefer John Wiedeman but this kid is good.

  • November 3, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    So Kaner won’t make a difference.

    Wait until we have a full roster for 19 88 and a good team system and a good gym who builds for playoffs like Tim type of players.

    These guys know we are not deep yet experienced enough yet and need more elites from draft. Care but going through motions until we get revamped.

  • November 3, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Glad Tazer and Kaner got to set people straight on what they said before and now. They mean good things for both the Bowman Issac and Beach. I think I would feel the same way if I was 19 or 88 respect both after all Toews Kane are class acts. HOF. Dynasty HOF amers.

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