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Blackhawks, Senators combine for 15 goals in thriller

The Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators tied for the highest scoring game in the NHL this season and Alex DeBrincat notched a hat trick to carry the Blackhawks to an 8-7 win.

Fifteen total goals.

Four goalies used.

Twenty-three skaters with at least a point.

No, this wasn’t the aftermath of a seven-game series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Instead, it was a Monday night sizzler between the Chicago Blackhawks and visiting Ottawa Senators -- a wild and wacky affair that, when the dust settled, saw the Blackhawks emerge with an 8-7 victory.

The game had five goals combined within the first 7:55 of the opening period. By the time the 17:46 mark came, there were nine goals scored, and there was 12 lamps lighted just after the halfway point of the game.

Here’s a quick summary:

1st period:

  • OTT - Ryan - 2:06
  • OTT - Balcers - 2:40
  • CHI - DeBrincat - 3:54
  • CHI - DeBrincat - 5:07
  • OTT - White - 7:55
  • CHI - Kane - 12:36
  • CHI - Strome - 13:22
  • CHI - Saad - 14:53
  • OTT - Stone - 17:46

2nd period

  • OTT - White - 1:32
  • CHI - DeBrincat - 8:19
  • CHI - Forsling - 10:31

3rd period

  • CHI - Toews - 3:51
  • OTT - Chabot - 9:01
  • OTT - Chabot - 14:43

And here’s the full breakdown from the NHL game sheet.


Alex DeBrincat’s night ended with a hat trick and five points while Dylan Strome and Patrick Kane each had three-point efforts for the Blackhawks.

Colin White had a three-point night for the Senators while Thomas Chabot scored twice as Ottawa nearly came back in the third.

Collin Delia lasted just 7:55 after allowing three goals on 10 shots. Cam Ward replaced him, allowing four on 28 for Chicago.

Anders Nilsson didn’t fare much better, lasting 13:22 after giving up four goals on 12 shots. Craig Anderson came off the bench and allowed four on 30 shots in relief.

Chicago shot at a 19 percent success rate, edging out Ottawa’s 18.4 shooting percentage in the game.

The puck dropped in the game at 7:38 CT and the final horn didn’t sound until 10:11.

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck