DeBrincat notches 40th goal as Hawks win in overtime


Alex DeBrincat’s 40th goal of the season in overtime capped a road win for the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night, as the Hawks beat the Arizona Coyotes 4–3 in overtime to seal two points.

Chicago started quickly and took the lead within the first minute of the game. Jake McCabe swept in the point and fed Jonathan Toews. Toews attempted to stuff one in from the far-right post. The rebound bounced to the slot, where McCabe was waiting and he buried it to make it 1–0.

With less than five minutes in the frame, Dominik Kubalik would add to the Hawks’ lead with his 14th goal of the season. Toews fed Tyler Johnson from the behind the net; his attempt was thwarted by Coyotes netminder, Karel Vejmelka, but Kubalik was there to pounce on the rebound. The Hawks took the 2–0 lead into the second period.

After the Coyotes cut the lead in half at 2–1 from a Barrett Hayton goal just over halfway through the period, Chicago would reclaim the two-goal lead when rookie Alex Vlasic scored his first NHL goal. Patrick Kane’s missed feed to Dylan Strome in the slot made its way to the point, and Vlasic calmly sent a wrist shot to the goal mouth. The puck deflected off a Coyote defender and into the back of the net for a 3–1 Blackhawks advantage.

Nathan Smith and Anton Stralman tallied third period markers to send the game into overtime tied at 3–3. In the extra frame, Kane retrieved a rebound on the left side of the net after his initial shot hit the post. He sent a pass across the goalmouth to DeBrincat, who popped it in the open cage.

Kevin Lankinen was solid with 32 saves on the evening. The Hawks continue their West Coast trip on Thursday night at 9:30 p.m. CDT against the Los Angeles Kings.

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