Chicago at Detroit

DeBrincat's hat trick lifts Blackhawks over Detroit 5-1

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DETROIT (AP) Alex DeBrincat has been one of the few bright spots this season for the Chicago Blackhawks.

The 20-year-old rookie had his second hat trick, and the Blackhawks chased Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard in the first period on their way to a 5-1 victory over the Red Wings on Thursday night. DeBrincat, a Farmington Hills native, also had an assist in his return to the area where he was born.

''The puck was bouncing my way today,'' DeBrincat said. ''It feels good to get that done in front of my family and friends.''

DeBrincat, Anthony Duclair and Vinnie Hinostroza scored in the first 8:47 before Howard was pulled, and the Red Wings never got back in the game. DeBrincat added another goal in the second period and scored an empty-netter in the third, bringing his season total to 17.

Anton Forsberg came within 3:51 of his first career shutout before Anthony Mantha scored for Detroit.

DeBrincat opened the scoring after just 3:19 when he wheeled around and shot from near the top of the right circle. With Chicago's Jonathan Toews creating traffic in front, the puck went past Howard for a 1-0 lead.

Duclair made it 2-0 with a shot from the high slot. Then Hinostroza came in on a 2-on-1 and decided to shoot himself, beating Howard to give Chicago a three-goal advantage.

Howard headed to the bench after making only six saves, and Petr Mrazek replaced him.

''Really bad start from us,'' Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg said. ''Too many guys who were not ready to go when the puck dropped. That's unacceptable. That's on me. I got to get the guys ready when the puck is dropped.''

Detroit's Gustav Nyquist hit the post shortly after the Red Wings fell behind 3-0, but Detroit didn't create much sustained pressure, even though it was Chicago that had played the night before. The Blackhawks had lost four in a row and are in last place in the Central Division, but after going just 1-4-1 on a six-game homestand, Chicago heads into the All-Star break on a better note with the win at Detroit.

''Certainly it feels a lot different than the experience we've had over the last week,'' Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. ''I thought we did a lot of good things in our two prior games without getting a `W' - so maybe there's a corner that's turned.''

Forsberg was closing in on a shutout in his 27th career game, but Mantha redirected a pass from Zetterberg into the net. Zetterberg moved into a tie with Pavel Datsyuk for fifth place on Detroit's career assists list with No. 604.

The Red Wings pulled their goalie at the end, and that gave DeBrincat an opportunity to shoot into the open net in the final minute.

NOTES: DeBrincat also had a hat trick against Anaheim on Nov. 27. ... Forsberg made 23 saves, bouncing back after allowing five goals on 35 shots in his previous start against the Islanders. ... Quenneville said he's hoping G Corey Crawford (upper-body injury) will be back on the ice during the break, and then the team can decide whether he goes on a road trip next week. ... Chicago had a goal waved off in the second period. Duclair went down near the goal and actually ended up inside the net, behind Mrazek. A shot went past both of them and into the goal, but it was immediately disallowed.

UP NEXT

Blackhawks: Play at Nashville on Tuesday night.

Red Wings: Host San Jose on Wednesday night.

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Scoreboard
Chicago  (23-19-7) «3115
Detroit (19-21-8)0011
Three Stars
A. DeBrincat
CHI


Goals: 3
Assist(s): 1
A. Duclair
CHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
A. Forsberg
CHI


Saves: 23
Save Pct.: .958

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:19 - Alex DeBrincat (18), Wrist Shot. Assist: Murphy, Duclair
05:43 - Anthony Duclair (11), Snap Shot. Assist: DeBrincat, Keith
08:47 - Vinnie Hinostroza (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Duclair
2ND PERIOD
11:31 - Alex DeBrincat (19), Wrist Shot. Assist: Toews
3RD PERIOD
16:09Power Play - Anthony Mantha (17), Tip-In. Assist: Zetterberg, Kronwall
19:41 - Alex DeBrincat (20), Empty Net. Assist: Hartman
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
14:21Kronwall, 2 min, Interference
3RD PERIOD
05:58Tatar, 2 min, Hooking
14:57Anisimov, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
 123T
CHI1171028
DET861024
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Anton Forsberg60:00231
Jimmy Howard 8:4763
Game Information
Attendance - 19515
Referees - Dan O'Halloran, T.J. Luxmore
Linesmen - Devin Berg, Tim Nowak
 
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