[CHICAGO] The Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 Saturday on Alex DeBrinicat‘s tap-in goal with nine seconds left in overtime.

All five of Chicago’s games have gone into overtime, an NHL record for overtime games to begin a season.

“We’ve got to figure out a way to keep the lead from the start,” DeBrincat told writer Louie Korac. “We’re coming out and playing well, getting two-goal leads, and they seem to disappear. We have to do something about that.

“We want to come back and win every game. It gives us confidence to come back, but we’d definitely rather keep the lead we have.”

Fresh off the Chicago bench, Erik Gustafsson took a shot-pass from the left circle to DeBrinicat, who smoothly deflected it past goalie Jake Allen. See it here: https://www.nhl.com/news/st-louis-blues-chicago-blackhawks-game-recap/c-300904188

The Road to Overtime

Artem Anisimov, who had the second assist on DeBrincat’s winner, gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead at 11:51 of the first, and a power-play goal by Patrick Kane at 16:01 made it 2-0.

Brayden Schenn started a three-goal run by the Blues with his first at 12:35 of the second, and David Perron tied it 2-2 on the power play at 1:44 of the third.

Schenn’s second goal at 4:47 into the third gave the Blues a 3-2 lead to end St. Louis’ three-goal surge.

DeBrinicat’s tying goal came seven seconds after Duncan Keith picked off a rink-wide pass on the Chicago half of the neutral zone, spun, pushed the puck up to Jonathon Toews at the left point. Toews found the 20-year-old DeBrinicat blasting between Blues’ players. DeBrinicat ripped a shot past Allen with 6:54 remaining in the third. Boom, boom and boom.

Puck Patter

The Blackhawks honored Keith, who played his kid hockey in Fort Frances, Ontario, for playing in his 1,000th game. Only five other players have played 1,000 games for Chicago.

Cam Ward made 35 saves for the Hawks and Blues’ goalie Jake Allen made a career-high 46 saves. He had no chance on Debrinicat’s  winner, Chicago’s 50th on goal.

The Hawks (3-0-2) are off until Thursday when they host the Arizona Coyotes at 7:30 p.m. Central. St. Louis (1-1-2) hosts Anaheim tonight (Sunday) at 6 p.m. Central.

Cover photo of DeBrinicat's tying goal: NHL.com
Roger Dier
Roger Dier covers the Chicago Blackhawks for Full Press Coverage. Follow him on Twitter @rogerdier.

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