At the beginning of the day on Sunday, Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane sat at 96 points on the season, Marian Hossa had 499 career goals and Head Coach Joel Quenneville had 799 career regular-season wins. By the end of day, Patrick Kane had broken the 100-point barrier for the first time in his career, Joel Quenneville won his 800th career regular season game and Marian Hossa? Well, he was still at 499 goals.
The Blackhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Anisimov and Kane. By time the second period rolled around, the Blackhawks had opened up a 6-2 lead on the Boston Bruins. Kane added two more goals while Jonathan Toews and Artemi Panarin added a goal each. The Blackhawks would go on to win the game 6-4 after holding off a late comeback attempt by the Bruins in the third period.
For the second time this season, Patrick Kane recorded a hat trick and for the second night in a row, Artemi Panarin recorded four points. Over the last two games, the second line of Kane-Anisimov-Panarin has combined for 16 points and contributed to eight of the team’s last 11 goals. When Panarin was asked, through his translator, about his recent success over the last two games, he said with a smirk, “Kane woke up.”
Patrick Kane became the first Blackhawk to record 100 points in a season Jeremy Roenick did it in the 1993-1994 season. Joel Quenneville continued to climb the ranks for most all-time wins by a coach in NHL history as he recorded his 800th regular season victory. Only Scotty Bowman has won more games as an NHL coach with 1,244 wins.
With Patrick Kane scoring his 100th point of the season in the second period and Quenneville well on his way to win No. 800, it seemed destined that the Hawks would reach three milestones in a single game. Marian Hossa had several golden chances in the first and second periods but couldn’t net his 500th career goal. Midway through the third period, Marian Hossa collided with a Bruins player at center ice and limped his way off the bench and to the locker room and didn’t return to the game.
Quenneville said post-game that Hossa seemed okay and that he could play against Arizona on Tuesday.
The Blackhawks have only three games left in the regular season before the playoffs begin. The Blackhawks take on the Arizona Coyotes at home on Tuesday and St. Louis Blues on Thursday before closing out the regular season on the road against the Columbus Blue Jackets.