CHICAGO ( Associated Press) — Alex Debrincat scored the only goal in the shootout after making three assists in regulation and the Chicago Blackhawks broke an eight-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.
In the third round of the shootout, Debrincat defeated James Reimer with a tight move. Chicago’s Kevin Lankinen blocked Eric Carlson’s shot from the slot as Chicago ended a 0-6-2 slide.
Jaykob Magna scored in the third with 3:25 on a flurry rebound and sent it overtime to tie at 4. After blocking Timo Meier’s shot, Magna spills onto the ice attached to Lincoln.
Patrick Kane scored his 24th goal and made two assists for Chicago. Dylan Strom scored the 21st goal of his career and an assist, and Taylor Radisch and Calvin de Haan scored. Seth Jones had two assistants. The Blackhawks’ losing streak was their second longest this season, after leading 0-7-2 in their first nine games.
Mayer scored his team’s 32nd goal for the Sharks, who have lost eight in a row (0-5-3). Scott Ready and Rudolphs Balser also scored for San Jose, with two assists from Tomas Hertl.
Lincoln made 33 saves via overtime. Reimer blocked 28 shots.
Kane opened the scoring 1:18 in the first when he completed a 3-on-1 break with Strom and Debrincat in a shot from the left circle.
Meier tied it at 1:45 a.m. He fired an open net from the left circle after a shot from Brent Burns went off the post from right point.
Radish’s power-play goal put Chicago 2–1 at 13:35 of the second. Jones dropped a shot that hit Radish’s skate and went to the crease.
Ready tied 2 just two minutes later, when his shot from the slot hit De Haan’s skate.
Chicago took a 3-2 lead with 1:18 remaining in the second on De Haan’s tip-in to Kane’s shot during 4-on-4.
Strom gave the Blackhawks a two-goal lead at 4:07 of the third, converting Jones’ cross-ice feed to complete a graceful passing sequence.
Balser made it a one-goal play again only 1:33 after converting a loose rebound with Lancinon.
Reimer stopped Debrinkt point-blank with 56 seconds remaining in overtime.
Jordan Samuels-Thomas made his debut as an NHL referee, and on April 2, 2004, Jay Sharers became the NHL’s first black referee since serving in a game between the Islanders and the Hurricanes.
A 31-year-old native of West Hartford, Connecticut, Samuels-Thomas was an NCAA and minor-league forward, and was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2009.
Linesman Shandor Alfonso, who is in black, also worked the game.
Pat Foley, the Blackhawks play-by-play broadcaster for the 39th season, called his final game on Thursday. A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, 69-year-old Foley has been telecasting since 2008 with his broadcast partner, analyst Ed Olzic.
Fans chanted Foley’s name during a pregame ceremony on the ice, and the team video highlights the suburban Chicago native’s career during the competition. Chris Woosters will take over as the team’s TV play-by-play voice next year.
Blackhawks 20-year-old rookie de Alex Vlasic skated for the first time in the NHL against his cousin, 35-year-old Shark de Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
Notes: Meyer ends a five-game goal drought. He scored his 31st on March 31 against Colorado to make a career-high. … among Chicago’s five healthy scratches was the slip of F Dominic Kubalik, who sat in third straight. Kubalik has scored just one goal in his last 15 matches and has scored two goals in 27.
Sharks: Saturday in Dallas.
Blackhawks: Saturday in Nashville.
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