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Blackhawks Beat Maple Leafs

Patrick Kane had his ninth career regular-season hat trick, rookie Cole Guttman scored the game-winner and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 Sunday night.


Max Domi had a goal and three assists for the Blackhawks, who won their second straight following a three-game losing streak and climbed out of last place in the NHL. The Maple Leafs had won two straight, including a 5-2 romp over the Blackhawks on Wednesday in Toronto.


Guttman scored his first NHL goal by beating Ilya Samsonov over the blocker with a hard wrist shot from the right wing with 8:18 remaining to break a 3-all tie.


Mitch Marner had tied it at 3 on a set play 7:38 into the third period. He raced into the Chicago zone when Morgan Rielly sent a hard dump-in off the boards. Marner picked it up, cut hard to the net, and swung a backhand past Jaxson Stauber before he could react.


Kane has been the subject of trade rumors all season as the Blackhawks try to position themselves to win the draft lottery. He had been goalless in seven games before scoring twice at Ottawa on Friday and followed that up with his ninth three-goal game in regular-season play. He has 14 goals in 52 games.


Kane opened the scoring with a 70 mph wrist shot 10:44 into the first period beating Samsonov from the left-wing circle.


It was the Blackhawks' eighth shot on goal, and they didn't get another until 7:57 of the second period when Kane took a pass from Domi and beat a screened Samsonov from 20 feet.


Kane completed the hat trick 12:49 into the second, corralling a puck behind the Toronto net and caroming it off Samsonov's backside. A replay review proved the puck crossed the goal line completely, which set off a cascade of hats from the standing-room crowd of 20,979 at the United Center.


Domi, who scored an empty net goal with 1:16 to play, matched a career-high with his assists on Kane's three goals. Kane set up the empty netter.


Chicago hosts Vegas on Tuesday.

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