It wasn’t very long ago when some Blackhawks fans were saying that Alex DeBrincat should be sent down to the Rockford IceHogs. That crowd has been very quiet over the past few games and especially after his first career NHL hat trick in a dominating 7-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.
About five minutes into the game, Ryan Hartman found Patrick Sharp all by himself in the right circle, but John Gibson was able to grab his shot that may or not have sailed over the net. Sharp finally ended his 17 game goal drought at the 8:57 mark of the first period by firing a one-timer, off a feed from behind the net by Hartman, off the head of Gibson and into the net. DeBrincat had the secondary assist on Sharp’s third tally of the year.
DeBrincat scored his first goal of the evening at 16:22 has he, once again, found a soft in the slot and fired home a one-timer off a great pass from Nick Schmaltz. Brent Seabrook was credited with the secondary assist.
Shortly after the Ducks had a goal disallowed because of a pass with a high-stick, Brandon Saad extended the Blackhawks lead to 3-0 at the 18:11 mark of the opening period. Saad lifted the stick of Derek Grant and then roofed a shot from the slot. Jan Rutta and Richard Panik had the helpers on Saad’s ninth goal of the year and second in as many games.
The goal scoring fun continued at 4:15 of the second period as Artem Anisimov made it 4-0 while on the power play. Anisimov’s initial shot was blocked, but he batted the puck out of mid-air and past Gibson. Schmaltz and Patrick Kane assisted on Arty’s team-high 11th goal of the season.
Two minutes later, Jakob Sifverberg was credited with his sixth goal of the season as his shot hit off of Seabrook in front of the net and got in behind Corey Crawford.
DeBrincat quickly got the goal back, at 7:49, as he got to the front of the net and batted home a rebound off of a Hartman shot back into the net behind Ryan Miller, who replaced Gibson during the previous television timeout. Sharp picked up another point with the secondary assist.
Just over a minute later Chris Wager scored his first of two goals on the night as his shot somehow found its way in between the legs of Crawford for a rather soft goal.
DeBrincat became just second youngest player in team history to score a hat trick with his third goal of the night at the 14:14 mark. While on a 4-on-3 power play, DeBrincat headed straight for the net on an odd man rush for the easy tap-in goal off a feed from Kane. Duncan Keith was credited with his 15th helper on the play.
Wagner scored again, while on the power play, just 1:33 into the third period to cut the lead to 6-3. Wagner was left alone in front of the net where he was able to tip home a feed from the point by Hampus Lindholm.
Schmaltz capped off the scoring just over four minutes later with his fourth goal of the year. Schmaltz split two defenders to get to the front of the net where he had a perfect pass from Kane waiting for him for the easy tap-in goal. Connor Murphy had the secondary assist, his first as a member of the Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks will head to Nashville tomorrow night and with a regulation win, they can gain four points on the third place Predators in 24 hours. Let’s do this!