CHICAGO – Alex DeBrincat had three goals and an assist, Patrick Sharp stopped a 16-game scoring drought and the surging Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks, 7-3, on Monday night.
Nick Schmaltz had a goal and two assists and Artem Anisimov scored his team-high 11th goal as Chicago won for the fourth time in five games. Brandon Saad also scored and Patrick Kane collected three assists, extending his season-high point streak to seven games.
DeBrincat, who turns 20 on Dec. 18, became the second-youngest player in franchise history to record a hat trick, trailing Jeremy Roenick by four days. The rookie has nine goals and three assists in 11 November games.
The banged-up Ducks dropped their fourth consecutive game. Ryan Kesler, Ryan Getzlaf and Patrick Eaves remain out with long-term injuries, Rickard Rakell missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury and defenseman Brandon Montour left midway through the third, favoring his right side as he skated off the ice.
Chris Wagner had two goals for Anaheim, and Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and an assist. John Gibson made 18 saves on 22 shots before he was replaced by Ryan Miller in the second period.
Chicago grabbed control with three in the first period. Sharp beat Gibson on a one-timer at 8:57 for his first goal since Oct. 14. DeBrincat then scored his eighth of the season off a slick pass from Schmaltz, and Saad made it 3-0 when he stole the puck from Derek Grant and banked one in off the left post with 1:49 left in the period.
The Blackhawks were only getting started.
Silfverberg got one back when his centering pass went off the stick of Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook and in 6:14 into the second. But DeBrincat responded with a rebound goal and then scored again off a pass from Kane, making it 6-2 at 14:14.
Schmaltz added his fourth of the season at 5:48 of the third, tapping in a beautiful pass from Kane.
Ryan Hartman had two assists for Chicago, and Corey Crawford finished with 25 saves.
NOTES: The Ducks also played without Jared Boll (lower body) and Ondrej Kase (upper body). ... The Blackhawks scratched D Michal Kempny, C Tanner Kero and D Jordan Oesterle.
Ducks: Visit St. Louis on Wednesday night.
Blackhawks: Visit Nashville on Tuesday night.
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