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3 Takeaways: Dominik Kubalik nets first NHL hat trick

3 Takeaways: Dominik Kubalik nets first NHL hat trick

Dominik Kubalik had a hat trick to help the Blackhawks to a 5-2 victory over the Lightning in Tampa Bay. Here are four takeaways: 

Rookie with the hatty

Blackhawks rookie Kubalik, 24, earned his first NHL hat trick in Thursday's game in Tampa Bay, with his third goal being on the empty net for the final score. All three of his markers came in the third period.

Kubalik's 29 goals lead all NHL rookies. He has 18 goals in his last 22 games. 

Third-period resurgence 

Brandon Saad and Slater Koekkoek also found the back of the net in the third period to assist Kubalik in giving the Blackhawks a 5-2 lead off of five-unanswered third-period goals after trailing 2-0. 

Saad picked up his second goal in as many games and Koekkoek's tally was his first goal as a Hawk, which came against his former team. 

It was the Blackhawks' first regulation win at the Lightning's Amalie Arena in 11 years. 

Power staying on

The Blackhawks have power-play goals in four straight games, including three in St. Louis on Tuesday. Kubalik's second goal of the game was on the man advantage at 11:43 of the third, putting Chicago up 4-2. 

The Hawks were 1-for-6 on the power play in Tampa and the Lightning were 0-for-5.

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Blackhawks Rewind: Game 3 of 2010 Western Conference Semifinals

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Blackhawks Rewind: Game 3 of 2010 Western Conference Semifinals

Dustin Byfuglien and the Blackhawks rode the momentum from Game 2's series-tying 4-2 victory at the United Center to have a decisive 5-2 road win in Game 3 and pull ahead in the series 2-1.

Saturday night at 7 p.m. central on NBC Sports Chicago you can re-watch the game where Byfuglien had a hat trick, Kris Versteeg had a first-period goal and Marian Hossa scored in the third.

Two of Byfuglien's three goals came from rebounds on the power play while he was in front of the net. The 2010 Stanley Cup champ was moved to forward and skated on the Hawks' top line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane after playing as a defenseman in Game 2.

Versteeg kicked off the scoring 5:19 into the contest and Hossa's goal came at 7:42 of the third to give the Hawks a 4-2 lead. Byfuglien completed his hat trick for the 5-2 final score with 6:02 remaining in regulation. 

Toews had three assists and Kane grabbed two. 

Antti Niemi finished the game with 31 saves and Roberto Luongo made 30 stops. 

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What Jonathan Toews is doing during the NHL pause

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What Jonathan Toews is doing during the NHL pause

Aside from a video message for a 7-year-old fan played on NBC's the Today Show Thursday and news of his $100,000 donation to a COVID-19 response fund, we haven't heard from Jonathan Toews since before the NHL paused on March 12 due to concerns amid the spreading of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Blackhawks captain was a guest on Friday's episode of former Hawk John Scott's "Dropping the Gloves" podcast. 

Toews freely spoke on a variety of topics, one of which was how the NHL pause unfolded and how he's passing the time.

"Obviously with the pandemic, out of this whole situation, day-to-day it's kind of crazy," the three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Blackhawks told his former teammate. "At times I kind of pinch myself a little bit. It's only been a week and a bit that we've been kind of on lockdown and the game just stopped. 

"I think our last game was on a Wednesday at home. I can't remember who we played (6-2 win against the San Jose Sharks), but the next morning, woke up to a text and an email from the great Tony Ommen (Blackhawks Vice President of Team Services), as you know, telling us not to come to the rink. And it was just kind of a blindside because we thought the next step would be games without fans and we just kind of go from there and it just kind of got super serious real quick. 

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"So honestly, I've just been laying around, recovering, doing some reading, making some phone calls, catching up with friends. I haven't had the chance to go home to Canada yet. I'm not sure if it's even too late for that, but I'm just kid of enjoying being at home. 

"I moved into a new condo here in Lincoln Park since Christmas and I think when you're as busy as we are during the year with the schedule that we have, we were gone pretty much all of January and February, I'm just kind of settling in and doing fun little things that have been on the back burner for quite a while. So that's about it."

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Scott also asked Toews about communicating with teammates during the unique situation.

"A lot of it has just been going over some of the stuff that's going on with [the NHLPA], getting updates, obviously chatting with the boys in the team chat and I think a lot of the guys have taken off and gone home, even the European guys too," Toews said. "So it's one of those situations, we don't know what's going to happen and I guess guys will just hang out at home and if we get the call everyone will come rushing back after that."

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