NHL Roundup: Kane hat trick gets Hawks first win; Draisaitl notches 4 points; and Cirelli downs Caps

The NHL had only three games on the docket for Monday.

For the first time this season, the Blackhawks won a game thanks to Patrick Kane’s hat trick. Also a first, the Capitals lost in regulation to the Lightning.

Finally, Leon Draisaitl notched a four point game for the Oilers to close out the schedule.

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Blackhawks 5, Senators 1

Patrick Kane had a hat trick and an assist and Brandon Hagel scored twice to back a solid effort from goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and lift host Chicago past Ottawa for the team’s first victory of the season.

“There’s obviously been a lot going on, and even though I wasn’t with the team the past 10 days, you could feel not having a win weighing on us,” Kane said. “It’s just huge to get the first one. Now we kind of got the monkey off our back.”

The Blackhawks earned just two points in their first nine games, skating to overtime losses at New Jersey on Oct. 15 and against Toronto on Oct. 27. They doubled that point total Monday in the 16th four-point game of Kane’s career.

Ottawa lost for the fourth time in five games. The Senators have lost two of their three contests away from home this season, and they are set to conclude a three-game road trip when they visit Minnesota on Tuesday night.

Lightning 3, Capitals 2

Anthony Cirelli recorded the go-ahead goal and added two assists as the Tampa Bay Lightning dealt visiting Washington its first regulation loss, beating the Capitals 3-2 on Monday.

“I think we’re just building each and every game and trying to get better in practice,” Cirelli said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do, but we’re going in the right direction.”

In a matchup between perennial Eastern Conference powers, the Lightning defeated Washington for the second time in just over two weeks. They earned a 2-1 overtime road win against the Capitals on Oct. 16.

Red-hot Alex Killorn and Brayden Point scored for the Lightning, who crafted their first three-game winning streak thus far. In his eighth career game, rookie forward Taylor Raddysh registered an assist for his first NHL point.

Brett Leason — one of four rookies in Washington’s lineup — notched his first career goal in his second game. Conor Sheary produced his first tally of the season, and goalie Vitek Vanecek made 23 saves. After claiming points in eight straight (5-0-3) in October, the Capitals failed to match their best point-streak start ever — nine games, set last year during a 6-0-3 beginning.

Oilers 5, Kraken 2

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Nov 1, 2021; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers /forward Leon Draisaitl (29) carries the puck in front of Seattle Kraken defensemen Jamie Oleksiak (24) during the third period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Leon Draisaitl scored twice in a four-point game to lead host Edmonton past Seattle for its seventh win in eight games, tying the franchise record for the best record through eight contests.

Duncan Keith, Kyle Turris and Kailer Yamamoto also scored for the Oilers, and goaltender Mikko Koskinen made 27 saves. Draisaitl moved into a tie with teammate Connor McDavid for the top spot in the league’s scoring race with 17 points. McDavid, who collected one assist against the Kraken, has at least one point in every game this season.

“I think it speaks to the depth of our group that we can win in different ways,” Draisaitl said. “We can win on the power play, we can win with special teams in general, our goalie can steal one, defensemen are chipping in, our third line has won us games, so there’s all types of different ways that we can win a game.”

Jaden Schwartz and Carson Soucy replied for the Kraken, who lost games on consecutive nights. Goalie Joey Daccord stopped 18 shots.

–Field Level Media