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Blackhawks snap losing streak, beat Wild 5-3

A much needed effort and a hat trick from Patrick Kane lead to victory

Minnesota Wild v Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after Brandon Saad’s goal against the Minnesota Wild in NHL action
Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images

In a back and forth competition with the Wild on Sunday at the United Center, the Blackhawks broke their losing streak with a 5-3 victory.

Chicago regained traction on the power-play, which had scored in five straight games before Saturday’s game against the Blues, and Patrick Kane added a hat trick.

Robin Lehner made 23 saves on 26 shots and Brandon Saad and David Kampf added the other two goals.

How it happened

The Blackhawks began the scoring a little less than eight minutes into the game, as Kane got the puck over the goal line, although it took a replay to prove it. His first chance was denied, but he was able to collect the rebound and put it over the line.

Kane’s first tally was the first goal the Blackhawks have scored this season through replay.

Less than four minutes later, Kane would score on the power play to put the Blackhawks up two.

A nice give-and-go play with Jonathan Toews and a great keep-in move from Dylan Strome helped to give the Blackhawks some padding on their lead, but Kane’s shot seals it.

Kirby Dach would almost immediately take a hooking penalty after Kane’s second goal, however, putting Minnesota on their power play, which had been on a 0-for-18 streak prior to this game. Eric Staal scored, point number 1000 on his career, to make it a 2-1 game.

Both Mats Zuccarello and Jason Zucker would leave the game over the course of the first period, Zucker after blocking a slapshot from Brent Seabrook. Both would be back in the game by the end of the period, however.

In the second period, Kevin Fiala scored less than two minutes in, as Kane had a shot blocked by Ryan Suter, and Olli Maatta could not catch Fiala on the breakaway at 4-on-4 (Toews and Jordan Greenway were sitting for coinciding penalties).

David Kampf would get the lead back for the Blackhawks, however, scoring on a deflection off of a Connor Murphy shot during a delayed penalty.

The goal is Kampf’s fifth of the season, a new career high for the third-year pro. Kampf missed 55 games combined between the 2017-18 and 18-19 seasons.

Fiala would even the game back up before the second period was out, as what was meant to be a pass deflected off of Maatta’s skate and into the net. Not a good period from him. Ryan Suter had assists on all three of the Wild’s goals.

In the third period, the two sides would trade shots and opportunities, but it would take Brandon Saad deflecting another Murphy shot into the net for the Blackhawks to break the tie.

That’s the first third-period go-ahead goal for the Blackhawks this season, as well as Saad’s third in two days, and it sparked a much-needed victory.

Kane would score the empty-net goal to get his eighth career hat trick, providing the 5-3 score.

The Blackhawks played a much better game against the Wild than they did against the Blues, with a 48.98 percent shot share and 58.82 percent high-danger share. The Blackhawks played two periods where they had shot advantages in the first and third as well.

Game Charts

Puck possession flow chart
Natural Stat Trick
Shot heat map
Natural Stat Trick

Three Stars

Patrick Kane (CHI) — 3 goals, 7 shots

Kevin Fiala (MIN) — 2 goals, 5 shots

Connor Murphy (CHI) — 2 assists, 24:58 TOI, 3 shots blocked

What’s next?

The Blackhawks host the Western Conference-leading Avalanche at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at United Center.