Blackhawks outlast Senators in wild, high-scoring affair
DeBrincat leads Chicago with 5-point night; Kane extends league-leading point streak
Alex DeBrincat had the best game of his career, and the Chicago Blackhawks needed all of his production.
The five points for the 21-year-old set a career high, and his fourth NHL hat trick gave him 32 goals in his second season.
"High-scoring affair, obviously," DeBrincat said. "It's a pretty crazy game, more like a summer hockey game. But we got the win so we'll move on from here."
DeBrincat continues to thrive on a line with Dylan Strome, his former juniors teammate. He has six goals and six assists in his last six games and points in 11 of his last 12.
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"They're giving me the puck a lot in each game, so all I have to do is bear down and put it in the net," DeBrincat said.
Patrick Kane scored his 36th goal and added two assists to extend his point streak to 18 games — with 14 goals and 26 assists during the stretch— the longest by a player in the NHL this season. Strome also had a goal and two assists in his fourth three-point game since joining the Blackhawks on Nov. 25, and Brandon Saad, Gustav Forsling and Jonathan Toews also scored to help Chicago move a point behind Minnesota for the second wild card in the Western Conference.
The wide-open game might have been entertaining, but Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton disliked the sloppiness.
Colin White had two goals and an assist, Thomas Chabot scored twice, and Mark Stone, Bobby Ryan and Rudolfs Balcers also had goals for NHL-worst Ottawa, which lost for the eighth time in its last 11.
"I've seen a lot of weird games, and that's one of them," Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said. "It's definitely not one of those games you spend a long time watching video on."
The Blackhawks led 5-4 after a wild first period loaded with defensive breakdowns and few soft goals. Both starting goalies — Chicago's Collin Delia and Ottawa's Anders Nilsson — were pulled before the end of the period.
"Nine goals in one period, I think that's the first time I've ever seen that," Chabot said.
White's second goal, on a wrister from the left circle, tied the score 1:32 into the second.
DeBrincat completed his hat trick on a screened one-timer at 8:19 to put Chicago back ahead. Forsling ripped in a screened slap shot from inside the blue line 1:12 later to increase the Blackhawks' lead to 7-5.
Set up by DeBrincat, Toews whipped in a power-play goal at 3:51 of the third to give Chicago a three-goal lead.
Chabot scored from the left wing at 9:01 to make it 8-6, then buried a rebound with 5:17 left to pull Ottawa within a goal. Chicago then killed an Ottawa power play over the last 1:40 with the Senators' Craig Anderson pulled for an extra attacker.