Hawks win 4-1 behind Kane’s hat trick

The Chicago Blackhawks extended their win streak to five games Wednesday night with a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Blackhawks acquired Johnny Oduya from the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. He was not in the lineup tonight and it is still unknown when he will be in uniform. Oduya was apart of the Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championships in 2013 and 2015.

The Blackhawks drew the first penalty of the game and went to the powerplay toward the end of the first but did not capitalize. Both teams were held scoreless at the end of the first.

Patrick Kane began the scoring in the second period at 8:49. Nick Schmaltz played the back-check perfectly at center ice leading to a pass up ice to Kane for the score, his 25th of the year.

Later in the period, Ryan Hartman was one on one with Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury but could not capitalize. Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook collected the rebound but his shot was stuffed by a diving save by Fleury.

The Penguins would finally lite the lamp with three minutes to go in the period. Scott Wilson got the puck right over Darlings glove to tie the game at 1. But the lead did not last long. Richard Panik got control of the puck in the offensive zone, passed it to himself between his legs and put it in the back of the net. With that goal, Panik extended his point streak to seven straight games.

Later in the period, Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling made a huge save on Mattt Cullen keeping the score at 2-1.

Patrick Kane netted his second goal of the game at 16:52 left in the third period. Artemi Panarin passed it to Schmaltz at center ice and took it into the zone. Schmaltz, who filled in on the second line for Atrem Anisimov, found Kane streaking alongside of him and Kane sealed the deal. Anisimov left at the beginning of the second period with an injury and did not return.

Patrick Kane later scored the empty-netter, tallying his third goal of the game. Kane now has four career hat tricks, his second of the season. The reigning MVP of the NHL now has seven goals in the last three games.

Scott Darling made 36 saves in the Blackhawks 4-1 win.With the win, the Hawks only trail the divison leading Minnesota Wild by three points. The Hawks and Wild will next face-off on March 12 at the United Center.

The Chicago Blackhawks will take the ice again on Friday vs. the New York Islanders at the United Center.

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