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Alex DeBrincat, Blackhawks top Sabres 5-4 in shootout

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Patrick Kane moves into fourth place on Chicago’s all-time points list.

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Artem Anisimov scored two goals and Alex DeBrincat tallied the game-winning goal in a shootout to lead the Blackhawks to a 5-4 win over the Sabres on Thursday night at the United Center.

Duncan Keith and Anisimov scored in the first period to give the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead, with Patrick Kane picking up two assists to surpass Steve Larmer for fourth place on the Blackhawks’ all-time points list. Stan Mikita (1,467), Bobby Hull (1,153) and Denis Savard (1,096) are the top three. Corey Crawford made 35 saves in his first home start since Dec. 16 when he suffered a concussion that sidelined him for two months.

But the Sabres turned the tide with three goals in the first 6:45 to take a 3-2 lead. Vladimir Sobotka, Brandon Montour and Zach Bogosian all scored in a span of 3:29, with Bogosian’s coming shorthanded. Hutton made 41 stops for Buffalo, who lost its eighth straight game at the United Center since Jan. 14, 2009.

Keith opened the scoring for the Blackhawks when he backhanded the puck from the slot past Carter Hutton for a 1-0 lead at 16:01 of the first. Anisimov made it 2-0 at 18:26, when he faked a shot glove side then scored stick side on a breakaway off a pass from Dominik Kahun.

Then the Sabres roared back.

Sobotka tapped the puck from the left of the crease, Montour tied it 1:23 later with a wrister from the high slot and Bogosian gave the Sabres the lead with a shorthanded tally after drawing Crawford out of crease.

Anisimov tied the game 3-3 with his second goal of the game at 4:48 of the third period.

Kyle Okposo brought the Sabres up 4-3 at 7:20.

Brendan Perlini tallied his third goal in as many games just 37 seconds later with a snap shot from the slot to send the game to overtime 4-4.

The Blackhawks dominated the overtime session from the jump when Brandon Saad had a chance in front, but Carter Hutton was able to corral the puck to make the stop.

In the shootout, Jonathan Toews scored first and Jack Eichel beat Crawford at the other end. Kane dangled his way to a goal then Sam Reinhart was denied by Crawford. DeBrincat then buried the game-winner.

3 Stars

  1. Artem Anisimov (CHI) — 2 goals

2. Zach Bogosian (BUF) — 1 goal, 1 assist

3. Patrick Kane (CHI) — 2 assists

What’s next?

The Blackhawks visit the Stars on Saturday at American Airlines Center in Dallas.