from Phil Thompson of the Chicago Tribune,
Patrick Kane couldn’t have scripted a better comeback story for himself or the Chicago Blackhawks if he tried.
Kane returned from a four-game absence while in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol — and all he did was notch his seventh career hat trick, pass Steve Larmer for third place on the franchise goals list and help the Hawks secure their first win of the season, a 5-1 blowout of the Ottawa Senators on Monday night at the United Center.
“It’s a monkey off our shoulders and we can build on that,” Kane said.
Hawks goalie Marc-André Fleury said, “It’s more (like) a big gorilla, not just a small monkey.”
Game highlights are below.