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MATT CARLSON | Associated press
CHICAGO (AP) – Alex DeBrincat scored 1:27 in overtime and the Chicago Blackhawks overcame a two-goal deficit early to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Friday.
DeBrincat beat Jordan Binnington for his 12th goal with a receiving shot from the left side of the crease after catching a cross pass from Patrick Kane during a 2-1 break.
Chicago ended a five-game losing streak against St. Louis. The Blackhawks improved to 6-2-0 under caretaker coach Derek King.
“To be a good team you have to win these games,” said DeBrincat. “Even when you’re down you have to come back to find a way and I think that’s what we did tonight. Hopefully we can build on that. “
Chicago started the season 1-9-2 and was almost unresponsive under Jeremy Colliton. King took over on November 6.
“Earlier in the season we were down 2-0 and it’s probably over,” said DeBrincat. “But I think we had a good reset there in the (first) intermission and went out and played hard.”
Brandon Hagel scored for the third game in a row – on a deviation with 5:04 left in the third – to tie it at 2. At the edge of the crease, Hagel redirected Seth Jones’ shot from the point past Binnington.
The Blackhawks outscored the Blues 10-2 in the third and patiently took charge of the game.
“We talked about that earlier, the confidence these guys build with every game, the ups and downs,” King said. “I thought the second and third for us were the best we’ve played – just straightforward hockey and true to the program. “
And the Blues lost a forward after David Perron left with an upper body injury in the first period and failed to return.
“It looked like we didn’t have much in the tank,” St. Louis coach Craig Berube said. “I think we ran out of energy.”
Jujhar Khaira also scored in regulation for Chicago, which had 23 saves from Kevin Lankinen and two assists from Jones.
Pavel Buchnevich and Ivan Barbashev scored in the first half for Saint-Louis. Binnington made 24 saves as the Blues slipped to 2-5-2 in their last nine.
The Blackhawks beat the Blues for the first time since April 3, 2019.
The Blues beat Chicago 1-0 in St. Louis behind Binnington on October 30. The two teams have only met four times in the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season and did not face each other in 2020-21 when the NHL juggled it. divisions for a campaign of 56 games.
Buchnevich opened the scoring 59 seconds behind the first, completing a 3-1 break after Jones was caught by the ice. Buchnevich scored his second goal in two scoring games in an open net after taking advantage of Jordan Kyrou’s cross pass.
Barbashev’s power-play goal with 3:21 left in the first made it 2-0. After Robert Thomas’ center pass hit his skate, Barbashev released a free puck just outside the crease in front of a thrown Lankinen.
Khaira reduced the score to 2-1 in 34 seconds after the start of the second period, picking up the rebound of Mike Hardman’s shot from the air.
Binnington made a glove save on Hardman’s attempt to get closer, but the keeper returned the puck upward. On the goal line, Khaira waited for the puck to fall below the crossbar, then hit it.
NOTES: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has gone scoreless in his first 20 games this season after his apparent equalizer at 4:30 in the first period was disallowed following a video review. Toews shot a loose puck into an empty net after it rolled from the heel of Binnington’s stick behind the net, but teammate Patrick Kane was ruled offside upon entering the zone on play… The Blackhawks placed F Adam Gaudette on waivers on Friday. The 25-year-old has scored one goal and one assist in eight games. King said there was simply no room or Gaudette in the lineup…. St. Louis veteran F James Neal missed his second straight game after “changing” something in practice on Wednesday, Berube said. … Blackhawks D Wyatt Kalynuk played his first game this season. Chicago F Dylan Strome and D Caleb Jones were healthy stripes.
Blues: Host Columbus on Saturday.
Blackhawks: Host San Jose on Sunday.