Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane so rarely need extra motivation.
But with several former teammates returning to the United Center for the first time as visitors and Kane looking to break out of lengthy and uncharacteristic slump, both had added incentive in a 3-1 victory Friday over the Florida Panthers.
Kane set up Toews for a breakaway goal in the first period before before Toews repaid the favor in the second, getting an assist when Kane fired a shot past Jose Theodore (19 saves) on a 2-on-1 in the second to snap a streak of seven games without a goal.
"A lot of guys have been producing around here. It was nice to come up for the team tonight and score a big one," Kane said. "Anytime you can score after a slump with a lot of focus on it, it's a good feeling."
The win kept up the pressure on their divisional rivals in the ultra-competitive Central and vaulted the Hawks from fifth to first in the Western Conference with 64 points.
"It's real crazy," Kane said. "But the West has always been like that so it's tough to put too much focus on where you stand at a given day."
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