Toews’ hat trick was his first since Nov. 17, 2010 at Edmonton and a season best four points. Andrew Shaw had two goals and Marian Hossa added a goal and two assists for the Hawks. Milan Michalek and Kyle Turris each recorded a goal and assist while Joe Corvo, Mika Zibanejad, and Zack Smith added a goal for the Senators.
Shaw opened the scoring early for the Hawks’ sixth straight game with a power play goal. Nine seconds into the power play Shaw deflected Patrick Sharp‘s shot from the point for a 1-0 lead.
With less than a minute left in the first the Senators tied it on Michalek’s wrister and went ahead 2-1 after Turri’s score.
50 seconds later Toews began cleaning up the mess with an assist to Hossa to tie it. The Sens then scored two goals within a minute on Corvo’s blast from the blue-line and Zibanejad’s battle in the crease.
Toews leveled the score with a wraparound off a rebound late in the second and then crashed the net, finishing a Johnny Oduya pass to make it 4-4 early in the third.
The go-ahead goal, Toews’ third was scored with the captain knocking in a rebound with less than 11 minutes to go. Shaw’s second score on a rebound made it 6-4 with less than six minutes left before the Sens added a late goal.
Crawford improved to 7-2-2 on the season with 14 saves in relief.
The Hawks return to action on the road Saturday afternoon against the Winnipeg Jets at 2:00 p.m. CT (CBC, NHLN.US, WGN/WGN 720).