January 15, 2016 11:09 pm

Kane’s hat trick lifts Blackhawks over Maple Leafs 4-1, Chicago wins 10 straight

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane celebrates his hat trick against the Toronto Maple Leafs with teammate Artemi Panarin during third period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Friday, January 15, 2016.


TORONTO – Patrick Kane had a hat trick and the Chicago Blackhawks earned their 10th straight win with a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.

Artemi Panarin also scored and assisted on two of Kane’s goals for the Blackhawks (30-13-4). Scott Darling made 28 saves to earn the win in net for Chicago while Corey Crawford took the night off after a 2-1 win in Montreal the night before.

Kane, who added an assist for a four-point night, now has 28 goals on the season – best in the NHL.

The Blackhawks’ win puts Chicago in first in the Central Division, a point ahead of the Dallas Stars, who played in Anaheim later Friday night.

Morgan Rielly responded for Maple Leafs (16-19-7), who have lost four in a row. James Reimer stopped 25-of-28 shots for Toronto.

Kane scored his first goal of the night midway through the second period just as a Toronto penalty ended, putting away a cross-ice pass from Duncan Keith, who was down low after Chicago had briefly been stripped of the puck in the dying seconds of its power play.

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