Patrick Kane's wallet got a little bit lighter Tuesday.
The NHL slapped the Blackhawks star with a $5,000 fine, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slashing Ducks forward Nick Ritchie late in the third period of Monday's 7-3 victory over Anaheim.
Ritchie, who was suspended two games last April for sucker-punching Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival, initiated the first slash on his way to the bench, but it's Kane's retaliation that forced officials to stop play.
Both players were assessed minor penalties on the play.
Patrick Kane made Blackhawks history on Sunday night.
With two assists against the Arizona Coyotes, the 29-year-old forward now has the fifth-most points in franchise history with 781, passing Doug Wilson who had 779.
Here's the new Top 5:
1. Stan Mikita — 1,467
2. Bobby Hull — 1,153
3. Denis Savard — 1,096
4. Steve Larmer — 923
5. Patrick Kane — 781
Not bad company, huh?
Kane's two-point game came at a pretty good time. Entering Sunday, he was held off the scoresheet for four straight games, the longest streak of such since the 2009-10 season.
Kane snapped his slump with two points in a minute and 45 seconds.
"He's fun to watch," said Tommy Wingels of Kane. "People in here, people in this city are very, very fortunate to have a world-class player like that in their city."
Gustav Forsling couldn't have picked a better night to record three points, including the game-winning goal.
Forsling helped the Blackhawks snap their five-game losing streak with a big, comeback win in overtime against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night at the United Center.
Already with a helper on Alex DeBrincat's goal in the second period, Forsling made his presence known in the third period and overtime.
With the Blackhawks on the penalty kill and trailing 2-1, Tommy Wingels redirected Forsling's shot from the point with 3:22 left in the third. Tie game.
Then in overtime, with 4.9 seconds left, Forsling sealed it when another shot from the point went under the pads of Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner. Ballgame. Blackhawks win 3-2.
Entering Friday, the Blackhawks were 0-3-2 in their last five games. It was their worst losing streak since 2011-12, when they lost nine games in a row.
Could the Blackhawks — who are now 13-11-5 and fifth in the Central Division — have used a bigger win than that?
"We had to win," coach Joel Quenneville said after the game.
Was this game the Blackhawks needed to turn things around?