The Hawks continued a recent trend of fast starts scoring on their second shift of the game when Marian Hossa intercepted a pass in the Leafs zone and squeaked one by goalie James Reimer for his 18th of the season.
Just three minutes later another turnover led to a two-on-one break between Troy Brouwer and Michael Frolik. Frolik finished the scoring chance for his second as a Hawk. For good measure, the Hawks added a late tally when Hossa, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Kane hooked up for a pretty goal. After Hossa got the puck to Kane he feathered a pass to Toews as he crashed the net for his seventh goal in five games and 27th of the year.
The Hawks could have had more but failed on an extended 5-on-3 power play midway through the period.
The visitors didn’t give up many scoring chances in the opening 20 minutes but did give up a 2-on-1 in the first minute of the game. Nick Leddy got his stick on a shot attempt, deflecting it out of play. It was arguably the Leafs’ best scoring chance of the period.