Da Hat Trick For DeBrincat, Hawks Pummel Ducks

On Hockey Fights Cancer night at the United Center, the Blackhawks hosted an emotional pregame ceremony that included Eddie Olczyk helping drop the first puck.

Then the Hawks went about the business of beating the crap out of the Anaheim Ducks.

Patrick Sharp hadn’t scored a goal since Oct. 14, but nine minutes in he got back into the act with his third of the season.

Ryan Hartman and Alex DeBrincat were credited with assists on the Sharp goal, starting what would become the biggest night of DeBrincat’s young career.

At 16:22, DeBrincat snapped home his eighth of the season to extend the lead to two.

Less than two minutes later, Brandon Saad joined the party.

Saad’s ninth of the year put an exclamation mark on a strong opening 20 minutes in which eight different Blackhawks had a point and Chicago held a 16-7 shot advantage.

John Gibson started in net for the Ducks but he wouldn’t survive seven minutes in the second period. He was caught tripping Nick Schmaltz 2:16 into the second and Artem Anisimov made the Ducks pay, scoring his 11th of the year on the power play.

Two minutes after the Anisiomv goal, Jakob Silfverberg ended Corey Crawford’s shutout bid.

Gibson was pulled after allowing four goals against 22 shots in a little more than 26 minutes. Ryan Miller took his place and was under siege almost immediately.

DeBrincat would get that goal back 95 seconds later with his second of the night and ninth of the season.

The kid wasn’t done, though.

Chris Wagner scored 90 seconds after DeBrincat’s second goal of the night to make the score 5-2, but DeBrincat got that goal back, too.

DeBrincat’s first career hat trick was completed on the Hawks’ second power play goal of the night. At the end of 40 minutes, the following Blackhawks had a multi-point night in the books already: DeBrincat, Schmaltz, Hartman, Sharp and Patrick Kane.

Chicago had a 29-15 shot advantage through two periods and were controlling every area of the ice. Late in the second period, the typical Anaheim cheap shots started coming as Miller, Kevin Bieksa and Mike Liambas took liberties without a whistle.

Wagner scored a power play goal 1:33 into the third period to cut the lead to 6-3, but Kane had some more magic in store. He fed Schmaltz with a dirty saucer pass for an easy goal to make the score 7-3 in favor of the Hawks.

Connor Murphy picked up an assist on the Schmaltz goal, making him the 12th Blackhawks skater to pick up a point in the game.

The final 14:12 came and went without another goal, and the Blackhawks “hung on” to win 7-3.

DeBrincat became the second-youngest player in Blackhawks history to score a hat trick, missing Jeremy Roenick’s record by only four days. He led the way with four points for Chicago and was also credited with a team-leading five shots on net in 15 minutes of ice time.

Kane had three assists, three shots on goal, two blocked shots and two takeaways.

Schmaltz had one goal and two assists, three shots on goal and one takeaway.

Sharp had two points and three shots on net.

Hartman had two assists, two hits and was plus-three. He also won seven of 12 at the dot.

Jonathan Toews didn’t register a point but won 12 of 19 faceoffs.

Tommy Wingels led Chicago with five hits. Duncan Keith had a team-leading four takeaways. And Gustav Forsling had a team-high three blocked shots.

Crawford made 25 saves.

The Hawks are back on the ice on Tuesday night in Nashville.

47 thoughts on “Da Hat Trick For DeBrincat, Hawks Pummel Ducks

  1. 100% Seabrook’s fault they only won by 4. And clearly Toews is broken if he isn’t one of the 12 Blackhawks to register a point in the game. Neither one of them is earning their salary. I’m thru.

  2. Oh, almost forgot.

    Bowman hasn’t done anything to help this franchise. He hasn’t drafted a half-decent player yet and every trade he’s ever made has backfired miserably.

    < /sarcasm >

  3. Unbelievable game by Debrincat, kid is something to watch. He certainly has disproved all doubts and any 3rd line questions put to rest for now. Keep it going in Nashville.

  4. Those two passes from Kane (from the left wing) were things of beauty-especially the first one thru the legs of Lindholm right on the tape-wow.
    DCat a natural scorer— can we finally put RTF’s decree that he would start the season in Rockford to bed? lol
    Jumps from 10th to 5th in rookie scoring.

    Seabs-own goals happen but he was sleeping on one of the last goals-he seems to wander and not take anyone at times.

  5. Hossa is still sorely missed. He was at the game tonight; buddy of mine was lucky enough to bump into him and snag an autograph on his crap knockoff jersey lol; ah well now he has even more to love that jersey. It’s alright…from tethe back…..

  6. I’ve noticed and noted that, in the last few games, DeBrincat’s game is really starting to come. The speed of the game is slowing down for him and his results are showing that. The kid has actually, at times, taken the team on his 19y/o shoulders, He’s thriving with Sharp and Hartman. If this keeps up, then the Blackhawks will have 3 dangerous lines. Four, if you consider that on many nights, when the hawks were not playing well, the 4th line was always solid. Now, the hawks lead the league in hitting the goalposts. If that trend reverses itself and those shots start going in??? Look for a surprising second half of the season. My prediction.

  7. The game may have gone differently if the Ducks weren’t missing a lot of their top players but thems the breaks and we’ll take it. That doesn’t take anything away from the way the Hawks are playing lately which is much improved in the passing execution phase of the game allowing them to play fast which makes them a much better team.

    Nice to see a few “schneid-meisters” get goals tonight – Sharp, Saad and Schmaltz. DCat with the hattie and the Hawks win big – what’s not to like?

    Bigger test tomorrow against them mustard clad hillrods. Just keep it going boys.

  8. And … Foley or Konroyd mentioned that Hayden has spent extra time practicing keeping control of the puck on his stick and the results are showing. Tonight and the previous couple games Hayden has skated around the o-zone and controlled the puck looking to make a play. The practice is paying off and he is a big part of why the 4th line has some pretty good shifts. Hope he keeps up the extra work and he keeps improving his game.

  9. Are our hawks finally back? Biggest difference to me in this transition we’ve seen is less time with the puck individually. They’re making passes prior to the opposition reaching them. Makes for a more hectic style of play, but the hawks seem to excel at fast paced, instinctive hockey. Also, i have to say the puck was finally bouncing in our favor for once. Great effort throughout the lineup, but those 2 Kane passes were the highlight for me. Hopefully they can keep riding this wave…

  10. Tab – can’t believe you forgot to mention Seabrook’s contract in your rant! Actually thought we played better in the last three games. We were a bit too loose after getting up by three even though the Ducks are struggling with all the injuries. Other than speed, Dcat’s skills are pretty special. Keep feeding big minutes to Schmaltz, Dcat and Forsling as they are key to longer term success.

  11. Swagger. Don’t underestimate it.

    I thought Toews was a checking line center that was being drug around by Saad… So why does Toews have more points?

    We had a Patrick Sharp appearance!

    Nick Ritchie with a slash to the hands of 88 well after the play…and Corey (Katy) Perry gave Hartman a good sucker punch. The only plus was seeing Perry’s chin with 20 stitches from the butt end of Ben Chiarot’s stick a few days ago after Perry cross checked Chiarot and then they came together. He was so mad he looked like he was gonna cry. It was great.

    https://youtu.be/TFXNjrVt_1w

    Ian Cole is available. Kempny for Cole swap anyone?…. didn’t think so.

  12. Tab, dcat doesnt make up for the horrendous Teravainen trade. TT now a PPG player and a centerpiece for Carolinas future. That trade was easily Bowman’s worst decision. The jury is in on the trade. call it out.

  13. Pete…back to the future is a movie …we cant go back in time for Teuvo …Dcat will be a better player because he play with his Heart ….2 years now that Teuvo is gone …get over it …and look at the new Hawks ..stronger,faster ,they hit ,the block shots. And dcat has now 10 goals

  14. There’s a thing about hat tricks. They tend – at least to some extent – to explain talent. Anyone who wasn’t there last night could have a difficult time understanding this. The team is on the uptick, and as an added blessing, was a very good game for #11.

  15. Lets be realistic about TT, he had a few good games but hasn’t cracked the top 40 in league scoring yet, hardly cornerstone for future of a franchise numbers. Lets wait and see what if can do it for season before getting carried away, hope does well over his career but the key word is does.

  16. @ Tab

    Getting out the main points right away! This was a big game, a fun game to watch, this is a big week let’s be honest. 5 games in a week isn’t easy. This was a home ice win against a banged up bunch. It was a statement, now the Hawks need to go into Nashville and have another good game.

  17. The first few comments made this post about Bowman. The TT trade is part of his body of work and should be discussed objectively if fans want to evaluate Bowman. It often takes years to evaluate a trade. If we dont want to evaluate Bowman as fans then I agree talking about the TT trade is a waste of time. Bowman has done some great things but in my opinion this move was a disaster. He cleared off cap space for a year and the team gets swept in the first round anyway and the Hawks lost an up and comjng star in the process. Its an unpleasant reminder that many Hawks fans want to forget about hence the vitriol when i bring it up.

  18. “Bigger test tomorrow against them mustard clad hillrods. Just keep it going boys.” – Ebonyraptor

    Har! That may be my quote of the year thus far! Salute!

    Go Blackhawks!!!!

  19. TT was very soft in the corners and got knocked off the puck all the time. Good offensive player: yes. Future great: No. D-Cat is already a tougher, better all-around player than TT will ever be. Bowman is not batting 1.000, but he is a hell of a lot better than almost every GM out there. Wouldn’t trade him for any of them.

  20. I guess when Seabrook doesn’t particularly stand out for bad play that’s a good thing according toTab. That’s a very low bar for a player eating big salary cap dollars to the end of time. Keep his minutes down and sit him once in a while that’s what I say. In my mind he’s 5th or 6th on the depth chart.

  21. Despite the mini roll the Hawks had been on going into the weekend, I felt if the 3rd line could get going then it would really get interesting. Ask and you shall receive! Third line woke up last night finally and look at the results when a team can roll 4 lines like the Hawks did. It really was a team effort as the Hawks left the Ducks chasing almost the entire game. ER said it right about Ducks missing some key guys, but even with a full complement the Ducks would have had their hands full with a Hawks team that had some serious jump last night.

    Yes DeBrinkat is sure playing with some confidence and Q is comfortable putting the kid out there early and often. Exciting to see him pot the Hat Trick at the UC last night! What a beautiful defensive play and pass by Duncan Keith to launch the odd man rush that got the 3rd goal for DeBrinkat! Kaner looks like he is having some fun again too. Some pretty setup passes last night for tap ins. Schmaltz with a nice dish to the Kat too.

    Tip of the cap to the 3rd line. They came to play and looked enthusiastic all over the ice. After getting robbed early on Sharpy finally buried one. Hartman actually looked like the player he was last year getting active physically and skating hard. If we get more of the same from the 3rd line on a consistent basis this team is going to be just fine.

    Another excellent game by the 4th line hit men. Hayden fits well with Bouma and Wingels. Loved seeing Wingels hammer Manson into the wall. You give you get.

    Crow let a rough softie in, but the Hawks offense was in overdrive and wouldn’t be denied.

    This Preds game in Nashville tonight is a serious season marker imo. Nashville has not only beaten the Hawks, but they have shut them down offensively going back to playoffs last year. Lets hope for a solid 60 minute effort to turn those tables. Preds didn’t look that great against Canes Sunday and the refs let them get away with plenty that didn’t get called.

    Beat the Preds!

    Lets GO Haaawks!

  22. Confidence sure goes a long way!!

    We’re down in Nashville for the game, tonight. Let’s see if the Hawks can keep the ball rolling down hill. The speed and puck possession game is improving. The young guys are gaining some experience. I like what I see!

  23. Pete…the new Wall. We all know you hate that move. But we’ve explained ad nauseam why he wouldn’t have been on the roster for 17/18 regardless if he was traded then or not. We were all enamored with his skill. He’s had a stellar few weeks. Prior to that he was at his career average of about .5ppg. The Hurricanes were hesitant to resign him and were actually shopping him. So even they didn’t think he could put it together.

  24. I posted numerous times over the summer into the preseason re: Debrincat and that a player like him doesn’t grow on trees — either you have a knack for scoring goals or you don’t. Barring injury, he is going to score 25 goals this year, he is a natural. Bowman deserves the highest accolades for his shrewd selection of him.

    Bowman has consistently exhibited a keen eye for young (i.e. draft) and non-NHL established (college, Jr and European free agents) talent; even players like Kempny (who should playing in my opinion), and lower end players like Nordstrom & Rasmussen are serviceable NHL players. Saad, Shaw, Danault, Hayden, Hinostroza…. the list is longer and will continue to grow. He also has done of fine job of cutting bait with younger players that don’t pan out. This aspect of Bowman’s job deserves an “A” grade, valedictorian of the GM class.

    For the time being, Bouma & Wingels are holding their own, I still maintain neither of them should have been signed, but it what it is, and I hope they continue their level of play and prove me incorrect thru parade IV.

    There is a concern, however, that Q mentioned yesterday morning. He stated that Tootoo is “very close” to returning. Let’s hope Bowman translates “returning” to playing hockey in Rockford.

  25. since we’re on the Bowman comment bandwagon:

    everyone needs to remember that when you’re selling and the entire world knows you need to sell, you have little/no leverage. When you’re up against the cap every. single. year. you have to make tough decisions and sell before you want to at times. What makes a “dynasty” is reloading, not rebuilding. Bowman has done a good job of precisely that.

    When Saad left, he brought in Panarin from Russia.

    When Panarin left (bringing back Saad as a Hossa replacement), in comes DeBrincat.

    For the sake of comparison as of Nov 27:

    Panarin: 24 GP, 5 G, 11 A, 16 Pts, 20:11 ATOI
    DeBrincat: 23 GP, 10 G, 7 A, 17 points, 14:10 ATOI

    I’m not saying Bowman is batting 1.000 – no GM has ever been perfect. But let’s not continue to bitch & moan about Teravainen. We’ve been over the context(s) there a hundred times. He’s gone.

  26. Iceman don’t see Tootoo staying he cleared waivers and been on ltir since so still exempt. Given their not wanting to chance waivers and 42,44,40 &8 as only other ones exempt.

  27. I saw the statement by Q about Tootoo also and can only pray that we don’t see him in Chicago anymore. Really enjoying the growth of Forsling, DeBrincat and Ruuta. I believe Murphy is improving and the team as a whole is starting to jell. Hoping for a solid game in Nashville.
    Go Hawks!

  28. Agree w/ Tab as to Teavo, it is what it is, he had to go, Q wasn’t a huge fan as well. He’s a decent player, he fits in nicely with Blackhawks South. It would be nice to have Danault back as well. As Tab stated, Bowman’s not perfect, far from it, but overall he has done a solid job, especially in light of a hard salary cap.

    One last point re: Teavo, he couldn’t even handle the post-Cup III partying, he left early for Finland because he said he was “tired of partying”.

  29. I was as big a TT fan boy as there was and was sorry to see him traded, but that was then. Now it’s TT who?

  30. Will be in Chicago for the first time Dec 8 hopefully get to see Hawks-Buff. What are the must see attractions in the Windy city at this time of year?

  31. @ Tab

    its a valid concern for fans when the Hawks highest priced D-man and forward aren’t contributing as they should. One of the best things Q has done over the last few games was skate Seabroke less and pull him and Sharp off the PP all together. Moving Schmaltz to wing and Artey to 2nd line was another smart move. Q is a great Coach but sometimes it takes him a while to make changes, if anything, he is giving his guys the benefit of doubt. The Hawks need to continue to win games and get points. The Preds and Blues aren’t going anywhere. The Jets can be had the Stars are 2 pts back. The Hawks need to play well in the division if they want to be playing in April.

  32. Miss the Rockford updates-
    anyone know how Raddysh is playing–not many points, and seems to be missing the odd game, but the best plus-minus on the team.
    Just curious about his future?
    I know the Rockford d-men are quite young, most 21 to 23

  33. re: valid concern – the Blackhawks’ highest paid forward(s) have 25 (Kane) and 16 (Toews) points thru 23 games, respectively. Toews is at a 60-point pace and is still playing a strong all-around game. He’s winning roughly 57% of his even-strength faceoffs. So where the “isn’t contributing as he should” stuff is a lot of “Wall said it enough that I believe it now” garbage. The fact that we’re still using points as the only indicator of “contributing” for 19 needs to end.

    Seabrook isn’t worth his cap hit. Nobody has argued that point.

  34. I went to the game last night and one thing that I noticed that is not as evident on TV is Toews got the crap beat out of him. I think he got cross checked at least 5 times, twice went down to the ice with no penalties. Every time up the ice there are at least two checks on him. I think teams are saying the blackhawks top line will not beat us and thats how they start defending us. I still think moving Schmaltz up to the top line to stretch the ice a little bit and open up ice for Toews and Saad. Move little debbie up with Kane and watch the magic.

  35. Lines vs. IA 11/24
    Hinostroza-Kampf-Jurco
    Fortin-Highmore-Johnson
    Louis-Dauphin-Martinsen
    Knott-Sikura-Pelletier

    Gustafsson-Raddysh
    Snuggerud-Pokka
    Svedberg-Norell

    So they had Raddysh on the top pair. Skating will be his issue.

  36. Not contributing as they should…that sounds an awful lot like Saad’s dragging Toews around the ice talk. If you want to use points as your only point of reference. Please refer to Saad’s point total to date. Fewest points on his line.

  37. Golden theres lots of good places. Hyatt on the river is sweet. Malnatis is a must after having your first Malnatis the next time you see that pizza your almost druling. Even just a pic of it. Smith and Wollenskys is a cool place to get steak I know theres other good ones. Chicago dogs and Mr Beefs (ask Sharpy) is a good spot for Italian beef sandwich. Navy pier is pretty good. Hit the beachs on the north coast for volleyball and blonde beach girls when warm. Goose island has farmhouse and other beers only available there and sit next to a member that person can get you a rare beer only served to members. Way too many things to do there. Eat like a Lion. Stop at the Swig in Wicker Park one of our friends here owns the Chiefs and not telling who.

  38. GOLDENBLADZ, I would be happy to meet up. Ticket/tickets should be no problem. You can Uber rides or get taxis. Wicker Park is near West side and not that far from the UC. CTA trains close by as well as buses. Yes, Swig in Wicker Park is my sons bar that welcomes Hawks fans. Chicago is a great town for eaters and drinkers. Beer scene is massive with many quality breweries, and food is pretty much what do you want. Chicago deep dish pizza a bit over rated imo, but as Mo said Malnatti makes a good one along Gino’s East and of course Uno and Due. Those places get packed though. Manny’s deli makes famous sandwiches near South side. Steak houses are numerous with excellent quality. Mo also correct in saying Chicago is about hot dog and beef sandwich joints. Near UC Goose Island Tap room is convenient for beer before a game. UC has excellent beer choices on draft these days but $11.00. Mrs. Levi’s does great corned beef, turkey sandwiches on Club Level where I sit. If it’s just you I have an extra seat for the game if you are interested section 131. Not sure how to get in touch or exchange email addresses, but its always fun to meet up with Committed Indians.

    Lets Go Hawks!

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