TAMPA — The Lightning's Steven Stamkos won the battle of No. 1 overall draft picks, but Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks won the war.
The Hawks were able to overcome Stamkos' first career hat trick with an offensive onslaught of their own in a 5-3 comeback victory Tuesday night over Tampa Bay. The triumph kicked off a three-game trip and improved the Hawks' mark away from home to 17-11-3 as they won for the sixth time in eight overall contests.
Jonathan Toews had two goals and an assist and Kane added a goal and two assists to support Cristobal Huet in net.
After Stamkos reeled off three consecutive goals—the last two while on the power play—to erase a 1-0 Hawks lead, Toews scored his first of the night and Kane, the first pick of the '07 draft, snapped an eight-game goal-less skid to tie it at 3-3 early in the third. Dave Bolland and Toews then scored to give the Hawks the victory.
"When it was 3-1 you're thinking it's going to be one of those games that they can kind of sneak out one," said Kane, who scored his second goal in his last 22 games when he rifled a wrist shot from between the circles past Tampa goalie Karri Ramo with the Hawks on a man advantage. "We totally dominated the play. We knew we had to just stick with it and keep playing the way we were."
The Hawks sent a season-high 49 shots at Ramo and controlled the play throughout.
"It was one of those games we started hard and had a lot of shots and a lot of scoring chances," Toews said. "We stuck with it and didn't let that momentum rattle us. We just kept driving and kept getting scoring chances. We knew eventually that they had to go in."
Duncan Keith got the Hawks off to a good start with his seventh goal of the season midway through the first. With the teams skating four-on-four following penalties, Martin Havlat sent a cross-ice pass to Keith and the defenseman redirected it past Ramo for a 1-0 lead.
Stamkos, the first pick of the '08 draft, then took over with his three goals putting the Hawks in a 3-1 hole late in the second. The final two scores came during a four-minute high-sticking penalty to Hawks winger Craig Adams.
Stamkos scored both with shots from the left circle to become the first rookie in Lightning history to record a hat trick.
The Hawks regained momentum on a power-play goal in the final minute of the middle period. Toews sent a shot from the goal line that hit a skate and ricocheted in the net.
Kane then rifled a wrist shot from between the circles past Ramo to tie it. Bolland knocked in his 13th of the season from in close after a strong effort by Havlat to control the puck and Toews finished things off with his 20th of the season.
"This was a very memorable night and something I'll remember for a long time," Stamkos said. "But I'd much rather have the win."
Said Kane: "He had a hat trick [but] it's nice to get the win overall."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun