Chicago Blackhawks 4 – Pittsburgh Penguins 1
Highlights: Patrick Kane had his second hat trick in three games, Scott Darling made 36 saves and the Blackhawks beat the Penguins 4-1 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight victory and 10th in 11 games. Richard Panik also scored to help Chicago pull within three points of first-place Minnesota in the Central Division and Western Conference. Kane, last season’s MVP, has a team-leading 27 goals — scoring 12 times and adding seven assists in his last 11 games. Scott Wilson scored for Pittsburgh as the Penguins fell short again after a 3-2 loss at Dallas on Tuesday night. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots for Pittsburgh in his first start in two weeks. Chicago center Artem Anisimov left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury. Rookie Nick Schmaltz moved to Anisimov’s center position on line with Kane and Artemi Panarin and had two assists.