CHICAGO– Patrick Kane scored a hat trick for the Chicago Blackhawks in Sunday’s 5-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the United Center.
Kane, who also had an assist, has nine NHL hat-tricks in the regular season. It was his first since February 25, 2022 against the New Jersey Devils.
Max Domi had one goal and three assists, Cole Guttman scored his first NHL goal and Jaxson Stauber made 32 saves for the Blackhawks (18-32-5), who have won two straight games, including one, after a three-game losing streak 5-2 loss to Toronto on Wednesday.
Earlier Sunday, Chicago captain Jonathan Toews announced he was stepping down to deal with the impact of the long-running COVID-19 and Chronic Immune Response Syndrome. He has not played since January 28.
Mitchell Marner and John Tavares scored, and Morgan Rielly had an assist to give him 400 NHL points for the Maple Leafs (34-15-8), who have won three of their last five since the All-Star break. Ilya Samsonov made 23 saves after missing a game due to illness.
Marner leveled it 3-3 at 7:38 of the third period. After Rielly shot the puck off the Toronto blue line, Marner passed the Chicago defense before picking up the puck and hitting it around Stauber’s outstretched pad.
Guttman then gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 lead at 11:42 when he charged down the right flank and scored from the right circle.
Domi scored an empty goal at 18:44 to make it 5:3.
Kane gave Chicago a 1-0 lead at 10:44 of the first half, taking a drop pass from Domi in the offensive zone and hitting the glove side with a wrist shot.
Tavares leveled it 1-1 at 12:52, scoring a point shot from Rielly on a power play.
Kane then restored the Blackhawks’ one-goal lead at 7:57 of the second period when he drove down the slot, faked a shot and hit from the left circle. He completed the hat-trick at 10:49 to make it 3-1, conceding a rebound and saving it behind Samsonov’s net.
Noel Acciari reduced the deficit to 3:2 at 17:46. David Kampf hit a center pass from Alexander Kerfoot near the right post before sending a cross-kick pass to Acciari. It was Acciari’s first goal with the Maple Leafs since joining Ryan O’Reilly from the St. Louis Blues on Friday.