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.