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Kane nets hat trick, Blackhawks beat Leafs 5-3

By The Associated Press on February 19, 2023.

CHICAGO (AP) – Patrick Kane had his ninth career regular-season hat trick, rookie Cole Guttman scored the game winner and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 Sunday night.

Max Domi had a goal and three assists for the Blackhawks, who won their second straight following a three-game losing streak and climbed out of last place in the NHL. The Maple Leafs had won two straight, including a 5-2 romp over the Blackhawks on Wednesday in Toronto.

Guttman scored his first NHL goal by beating Ilya Samsonov over the blocker with a hard wrist shot from right wing with 8:18 remaining to break a 3-3 deadlock.

Mitch Marner had tied it at 3-3 on a set play 7:38 into the third period. He raced into the Chicago zone when Morgan Rielly sent a hard dump-in off the boards. Marner picked it up, cut hard to the net, and swung a backhand past Jaxson Stauber before he could react.

Kane has been the subject of trade rumours all season as the Blackhawks try to position themselves to win the draft lottery. He had been goalless in seven games before scoring twice at Ottawa on Friday, and followed that up with his ninth three-goal game in regular-season play. He has 14 goals in 52 games.

Kane opened the scoring with a wicked wrist shot 10:44 into the first period beating Samsonov from the left-wing circle.

It was the Blackhawks’ eighth shot on goal, and they didn’t get another until 7:57 of the second period, when Kane took a pass from Domi and beat a screened Samsonov from 20 feet.

Kane completed the hat trick 12:49 into the second, corralling a puck behind the Toronto net and caroming it off Samsonov’s backside. A replay review proved the puck crossed the goal line completely, which set off a cascade of hats from the standing-room crowd of 20,979 at United Center.

Domi, who scored an empty-net goal with 1:16 to play, matched a career high with his assists on Kane’s three goals. Kane set up the empty-netter.

Toronto’s John Tavares tied the game at 1 on a power play 2:08 after Kane’s first goal, tipping in Rielly’s shot from the left point past Stauber.

Stauber made 31 saves, Samsonov had 23.

Noel Acciari, picked up by Toronto on Friday in a three-way trade with Minnesota and St. Louis, scored from the left slot to pull the Leafs within 3-2 with 2:14 left in the period. Former Blackhawk David Kampf grabbed a high pass from Alexander Kerfoot, threw it to the ice and fed Acciari.


Chicago captain Jonathan Toews, who missed his seventh straight game Sunday, said he was suffering from both long COVID-19 and chronic immune response syndrome, the latter having sidelined him for the shortened 2020-21 season.

“In the last few weeks, it has reached the point where I had no choice but to step back and concentrate on getting healthy,” Toews said. He had skated on his own earlier in the week but had to stop.


Toronto: At Buffalo on Tuesday.

Chicago: Hosts Vegas on Tuesday.

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