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Patrick Kane reaches century mark with four-point game

Patrick Kane celebrates his third goal on Sunday afternoon. (AP Photo)

Artemi Panarin had a pretty good explanation for how he broke out of a nine-game funk with back-to-back four-point games.

“Kane woke up,” he said with a smirk, through an interpreter.

Indeed, after posting just one goal and four assist in a 10-game stretch, Patrick Kane is getting hot again at just the right time. Kane followed up a two-point night in Winnipeg with a hat trick and an assist in Sunday’s 6-4 win over the Boston Bruins, reaching the 100-point mark for the first time in his career.

Kane has 43 goals and 57 assists with three games left. It was the second regular-season hat trick of the season, after going without one for his first eight years in the NHL.

“It’s special,” Kane said. “That’s a mark you always kind of dream of hitting, and for it to happen this year in front of the home crowd with a few games left is pretty special. I had some of my close friends and some family — my sister is in town — so it was fun to do it in front of them. The only bad thing was my dad wasn’t here. I know he would have loved to see it, my dad and mom. That’s unfortunate, but I’m sure they were having fun watching it on TV.”

The recently dormant Kane, Panarin and Artem Anisimov line combined for 11 points, with Panarin matching his jersey numbers with 72 points — the most by an NHL rookie since, you guessed it, Kane in 2007-08. Kane has benefitted from Panarin’s presence as much as Panarin has benefitted from being on a line with Kane.

“Getting 40 goals is a big achievement,” Joel Quenneville said. “Getting 100 points in today’s game, not too many have accomplished that feat. He’s had a special year. [Panarin] has been a nice linemate, he’s had a special year, as well. And [Anisimov] quietly goes about his business, but he should get a little more recognition than he’s probably received this year.”

Kane, 27, said his career season has been a product of several factors.

“I think it’s a combination of everything,” he said. “The power play has been good this year for the most part. Out line has pretty much been intact the whole season, so you gain some chemistry with those guys. I’d like to say I’ve been maybe trending in this direction that past three years. Without getting hurt in the past two and then the lockout season, who knows what would have happened at the end of those seasons but pretty cool to hit this milestone now and kind of get it out of the way.”

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