CHICAGO (AP) –Kirby Dach broke the tie in the third period and Patrick Kane had three goals and an assist, helping the Chicago Blackhawks beat the New Jersey Devils 8-5 on Friday night.
Brandon Hagel also scored three times for Chicago, which had lost three in a row and seven of nine overall. Alex DeBrincat and Seth Jones each had three assists, and Kevin Lankinen made 31 saves after returning from a right-hand injury that had sidelined him since Jan. 22.
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Jesper Bratt scored twice for New Jersey for the second straight game. Jack Hughes and Jonas Siegenthaler each had a goal and two assists, with Yegor Sharangovich also scoring.
Siegenthaler tied it at 4 with a long shot from the boards outside the left circle, but Dach put Chicago in front to stay when he kept the puck on a 2-on-1 and beat Jon Gillies with a backhand with 5:56 to play.
After Ryan Carpenter and Bratt traded goals, Kane and Hagel completed their hat tricks with empty nets in the final minutes.
Gillies made 29 saves for New Jersey, which was coming off an impressive 6-1 win at Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
The Blackhawks played without defensemen Jake McCabe and Calvin de Haan due to injuries. McCabe was scratched with lower back pain and de Haan was sidelined with a sprained right groin.
Chicago trailed 2-1 after one, but took the lead with three power-play goals in the second. He has scored a total of two power-play goals in his previous five games.
Kane tied it at 2 when he beat Gillies on the goalie glove side, then was credited with his 15th of the season when his shot was deflected by New Jersey defenseman Damon Severson at 11:24.
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Hagel got a pass from Kane and scored from the high slot at 14:09, making it 4-2 with his 16th goal.
New Jersey got one back when Bratt broke away for a breakaway and beat Lankinen between the goalie’s legs with 2:17 to go. Bratt’s 17th goal this year came on a long pass from Severson.
Hagel also turned a New Jersey turnover into the game’s first goal, but Hughes and Sharangovich answered for the Devils. Hughes converted a net drive for his 17th of the season, then got his 20th assist when Sharangovich scored with 1:05 left in the first.
CLUB OF THE CENTURY
Hagel, Sharangovich and Blackhawks forward Philipp Kurashev each played their 100th career NHL game.
Devils: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.
Blackhawks: Host the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.
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