CHICAGO – The sellout crowd chanted “M-V-P! M-V-P!” and Patrick Kane cracked a wry grin.
It was a sweet ending to a difficult homestand for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Kane had a goal and three assists, and the Blackhawks stopped a three-game slide with a dominant 7-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.
“We’ve been, I don’t want to say struggling offensively, but we’ve been waiting for a game like this,” Kane said.
Andrew Shaw, Brent Seabrook, Artemi Panarin and Teuvo Teravainen each had a power-play goal, helping Chicago salvage the finale of a lackluster four-game homestand. It was the Blackhawks’ first game since they lost Marian Hossa to a left leg injury, likely sidelining the veteran forward for a couple of weeks.
“It was good that we got something positive leaving here,” coach Joel Quenneville said.
Scott Darling got the start in place of a resting Corey Crawford and made 35 saves, including an outstanding sprawling stop on Nick Spaling in the second period. Two of Darling’s six wins this season have come against lowly Toronto.
Mark Arcobello broke up Darling’s bid for his second career shutout with a rebound goal with 8:54 remaining. Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau added a power-play goal and James Reimer had 25 saves for the Maple Leafs, who closed out a 1-4 road trip.
“Just forget it. We got tattooed, that’s the bottom line,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said.
Goals by Brandon Mashinter, Shaw and Seabrook staked Chicago to a 3-0 lead through two periods, and the Blackhawks blew it open with an impressive flurry in the third. Beginning with Panarin’s 19th goal of the season, the defending Stanley Cup champions scored on four of six shots.
Kane made it 5-0 with his 34th of the season, sending a wrist shot past Reimer on the stick side. Teravainen then stopped a 17-game scoring drought with his 10th of the season, and defenseman Viktor Svedberg converted a big slap shot from the low slot at 10:20.
The four points matched a career high for Kane, accomplished three times just this season. He had three goals and an assist in a 4-1 victory at Toronto on Jan. 15 and leads the NHL with 82 points.
Duncan Keith added three assists for Chicago, which improved to 22-7-2 at home.
Coyotes 6, Canadiens 2
In Glendale, Arizona, Oliver Ekman-Larsson had a goal and two assists, and the Coyotes rolled over Montreal to complete a season sweep over the Canadiens for the first time in 36 seasons as a franchise.
Arizona had 13 different players notch a point and (six) different goal scorers.
Islanders 4, Red Wings 1
In New York, Brock Nelson had a goal and an assist to key a three-goal second period and the Islanders defeated Detroit.
Ducks 6, Flames 4
In Calgary, Corey Perry had a goal and an assist, and red-hot Anaheim went 3-for-3 on the power play to down the hosts.
Panthers 2, Penguins 1 (SO)
In Sunrise, Florida, Jussi Jokinen scored the winning goal in a shootout to lift the Panthers over Pittsburgh.
Stars 3, Predators 2 (OT)
In Nashville, Mattias Janmark scored at 3:49 of overtime to give Dallas a triumph over the hosts.
Wild 5, Canucks 2
In Vancouver, Jared Spurgeon had a goal and an assist as Minnesota trounced the Canucks to end an eight-game losing streak and make interim head coach John Torchetti a winner in his debut.
Sabres’ Kane punished
Buffalo, New York — The Buffalo Sabres say left wing Evander Kane would not play Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators after missing practice on Monday.
Coach Dan Bylsma said Kane attended the NBA All-Star Game in Toronto on Sunday night and slept in the next morning, missing practice. Bylsma says he is “disappointed” that the forward broke a team rule.
The 24-year-old Kane has 16 goals and 8 assists in 47 games with Buffalo this season after being acquired from Winnipeg last year.