Alex DeBrincat had three goals and two assists, and the Blackhawks held off Ottawa 8-7 in Chicago on Monday night for their ninth win in 11 games.
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. Dylan 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.
DeBrincat, 21, set a career high with his five points. His fourth NHL hat trick gives him 32 goals in his second season.
“It’s a pretty crazy game, more like a summer hockey game,” he said.
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.
The Blackhawks led 5-4 after a wild first period loaded with defensive breakdowns and a few soft goals. Both starting goalies — Chicago’s Collin Delia and Ottawa’s Anders Nilsson — were pulled before the end of the period. Cam Ward got the win as he finished with 24 saves on 28 shots.
Capitals 3, Kings 2: Alex Ovechkin scored two power-play goals, and visiting Washington beat Los Angeles. It was the 10th multigoal game this season for Ovechkin, who leads the NHL with 42 goals. Alex Iafallo and Ilya Kovalchuk had third-period goals for the Kings, who are 0-3-2 in their past five games.
Lightning 5, Blue Jackets 1: Nikita Kucherov had two goals and three assists, and visiting Tampa Bay won its sixth straight game.
Avalanche 3, Knights 0: Andrew Agozzino scored his first NHL goal, Semyon Varlamov stopped 40 shots for his second shutout of the season and Colorado ended a six-game home skid.
Flames 5, Coyotes 2: Michael Frolik and Mikael Backlund each had a goal and an assist in the third period to help host Calgary beat Arizona.
Ailing Okposo: Buffalo forward Kyle Okposo has been sent home for further evaluation three days after being punched in the face during a fight with the Rangers’ Tony DeAngelo. Okposo, 30, has a history of concussion-related troubles in 12 NHL seasons.
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