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10 observations: Kane leads Hawks to first win

/ by Charlie Roumeliotis
Presented By Nationwide Insurance Agent Jeff Vukovich
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The Blackhawks rolled past the Ottawa Senators 5-1 at the United Center on Monday for their first win of the 2021-22 season.

Here are 10 observations from the win:

1. The Blackhawks got a big boost with the return of Patrick Kane, who missed the last four games while in COVID-19 protocol. He had a hat trick, primary assist and eight shot attempts (six on goal) in 19:59 of ice time.

2. With his three goals and four-point effort, Kane surpassed Steve Larmer for third in franchise history with 408 goals and Denis Savard for third with 1,097 points. There's a legit possibility Kane could be No. 2 in points by the end of the season. He's 56 away from tying Bobby Hull. 

3. After stopping 36 of 37 shots in St. Louis on Saturday, Marc-Andre picked up where he left off by turning aside the first 19 shots he faced against Ottawa. He finished with 29 saves on 30 shots for a save percentage of .967. 

4. Brandon Hagel, who started the season without a goal in seven straight games, has found the back of the net three times in the last three games after a two-goal performance on Monday. He also has 10 shots on goal in his last two contests after having only eight in his first eight. His arrow is trending up.

5. Jonathan Toews registered a season-high three points in the win. All three points were assists (one primary and two secondaries). He now has six points in his last five games after going pointless in his first five. He's still searching for his first goal, however.

 

6. The Blackhawks allowed only five high-danger chances in all situations, according to Natural Stat Trick. They barely gave up anything in the inner slot.

7. The Blackhawks have scored at least one power-play goal in eight of 10 games this season. They started last season by scoring one in 13 of their first 15 games. Another hot start.

8. The Blackhawks' third line of Ryan Carpenter, Hagel and Toews did not allow a single shot attempt when the three of them were on the ice together.

9. The Blackhawks went 29-for-46 at the faceoff circle for a win percentage of 63.0. Toews led the way with 12 wins and only three losses.

10. Tyler Johnson missed his second consecutive contest with neck soreness. He left Friday's game early after taking a hit from Carolina forward Vincent Trocheck. Head coach Jeremy Colliton said of Johnson's status after morning skate: "I don't have more on that. We've got to see how it progresses here."

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