NHL

Kane's hat trick leads Blackhawks past Coyotes 6-3

  • Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) reacts after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) reacts after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) scores a goal on Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) scores a goal on Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)  (The Associated Press)

  • Arizona Coyotes right wing Radim Vrbata (17) and Chicago Blackhawks center Nick Schmaltz (8) go for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

    Arizona Coyotes right wing Radim Vrbata (17) and Chicago Blackhawks center Nick Schmaltz (8) go for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)  (The Associated Press)

Patrick Kane scored three goals for his third career hat trick to lead the surging Chicago Blackhawks past the Arizona Coyotes 6-3 on Thursday night for their third straight win and eighth in nine games.

Kane has 23 goals to lead Chicago, which closed within three points behind first-place Minnesota in the Central Division and Western Conference.

Rookies Nick Schmaltz and Ryan Hartman each had a goal and assist. Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival scored his first goal of the season in his first game since Jan. 15.

Chicago captain Jonathan Toews added two assists to extend his points scoring streak to five games and increase his output to 22 points in his past 13.

Jakob Chychrun, Ryan White and Radim Vrbata scored for the Coyotes. Chychrun and Vrbata each scored for the second straight game.