Alex DeBrincat is providing a bright spot in an otherwise dark season for the Chicago Blackhawks.
The rookie forward snapped a 13-game goalless skid, recording his third hat trick of the season to break the franchise record for hat tricks by a rookie. Steve Larmer had two in 1982-83. DeBrincat also tied Tony Granato (New York Rangers, 1988-89) for most hat tricks in a season by a U.S.-born rookie.
DeBrincat’s first hat trick was Nov. 28 against Anaheim and his second came Jan. 25 at Detroit in his home state.
DeBrincat, 20, put the Hawks in front 1-0 with a power-play goal at 13:07 of the first period to end his goal drought, and extended the lead to 2-0 at 19:08 when he stuffed the puck into the net. He added his third goal of the game at 16:47 of the third period.
DeBrincat is now tied with Patrick Kane for the team lead in goals at 25. DeBrincat has 45 points (25 goals, 20 assists) in 73 games this season.