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Patrick Kane has hat trick, Blackhawks beat Penguins 4-1

  • Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane celebrates his goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane celebrates his goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) makes a high shoulder save as Pittsburgh Penguins' Carter Rowney tries for a rebound during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) makes a high shoulder save as Pittsburgh Penguins' Carter Rowney tries for a rebound during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pittsburgh Penguins' Scott Wilson (23) scores past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling, left, as Michal Kempny also defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Chicago. The goal was awarded after video review. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Pittsburgh Penguins' Scott Wilson (23) scores past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling, left, as Michal Kempny also defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Chicago. The goal was awarded after video review. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)  (The Associated Press)

Patrick Kane had his second hat trick in three games, Scott Darling made 36 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Pittsburgh 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. It was the first meeting this season between the last two Stanley Cup winners.