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Alex DeBrincat's hat trick, 5 points lead Blackhawks' wild win over Senators

Blackhawks left wing Alex DeBrincat (center) watches the "Ice Crew" girls pick up hats on the ice after his third goal of the game against the Senators during the second period Monday at the United Center.
Blackhawks left wing Alex DeBrincat (center) watches the "Ice Crew" girls pick up hats on the ice after his third goal of the game against the Senators during the second period Monday at the United Center.

CHICAGO – Alex DeBrincat had the best game of his career, and the Blackhawks needed all of his production.

DeBrincat had three goals and two assists, and the Hawks held on to beat the Ottawa Senators, 8-7, on Monday night for their ninth win in 11 games.

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 past six games and points in 11 of his past 12.

“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 Hawks on Nov. 25, and Brandon Saad, Gustav Forsling and Jonathan Toews also scored to help the Hawks move a point behind Minnesota for the second wild card in the Western Conference.

The wide-open game might have been entertaining, but Hawks coach Jeremy Colliton disliked the sloppiness.

“I didn’t particularly enjoy it back there (behind the bench),” Colliton said. “It wasn’t pretty defensively. ... The good news is we won when we maybe didn’t have our best effort. We found a way.”

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 past 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 Hawks led, 5-4, after a wild first period loaded with defensive breakdowns and few soft goals. Both starting goalies – the Hawks’ 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.

Cam Ward got the win as he finished with 24 saves on 28 shots.

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 the Hawks back ahead. Forsling ripped in a screened slap shot from inside the blue line 1:12 later to increase the Hawks’ lead to 7-5.

Set up by DeBrincat, Toews whipped in a power-play goal at 3:51 of the third to give the Hawks 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. The Hawks then killed an Ottawa power play over the past 1:40 with the Senators’ Craig Anderson pulled for an extra attacker.

Ryan had a power-play goal, and Balcers scored even-strength 34 seconds apart to put Ottawa up, 2-0, only 2:40 in.

DeBrincat tied it at 2-all 2 1/2 minutes later with a power-play goal and an even-strength tally of his own in a 1:13 span.

White’s first goal put the Senators back ahead 3-2 at 7:55 and chased Delia, who faced 10 shots.

Kane and Strome connected 46 seconds apart to put the Hawks ahead, 4-3, with 6:38 left, prompting Boucher to send in Anderson.

Nilsson gave up the four goals on 12 shots. Anderson, who had missed the previous three games with an eye injury, allowed four goals on 30 shots.

Saad was wide open at the edge of the crease for a tap-in with 5:07 left in the first to made it 5-3, then Stone scored countered from the slot with 2:14 left to pull Ottawa within one.

NOTES: Kane has assists in 17 straight games, matching Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey for the third longest assist streak in league history. Only Gretzky (23 games in 1990-91) and Adam Oates (18 games in 1992-93.) have had longer such streaks. ... The nine goals by both teams in the first period set a Senators team record for combined goal in a period. ... The Hawks made a minor-league deal before the game, acquiring forward Peter Holland from the New York Rangers for defenseman Darren Raddysh. ... The Senators are rumored to be shopping pending unrestricted free agents forward Matt Duchene, defenseman Stone and forward Ryan Dzingel as next Monday’s trade deadline approaches. Scouts from no fewer than nine other NHL teams were in the press box, including two from Winnipeg.


Senators: At New Jersey on Thursday night.

Hawks: At Detroit on Wednesday night.

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