MONTREAL — It was solely a matter of time earlier than Alex DeBrincat scored his first NHL objective.
The 5-foot-7 proper winger, who was a scoring machine for the Erie Otters in junior hockey, received his first as a Blackhawk and arrange one for Artem Anisimov as Chicago spoiled the Montreal Canadiens’ house opener with a three-1 victory on Tuesday night time.
And tallying his first towards a Vezina Trophy winner like Carey Worth made it that a lot better.
“It’s fairly cool,” stated DeBrincat. “He’s an incredible goalie. I used to be fortunate sufficient to get one previous him.”
The 19-yr-previous DeBrincat was drafted thirty ninth general by Chicago in 2016, on a decide obtained in a commerce from Montreal, within the midst of a junior profession that noticed him rating 167 objectives in 193 video games over three seasons for Erie.
Final season, he was voted prime participant within the Ontario Hockey League after a sixty five-aim season.
So it was no shock for him to seek out the web on the subsequent degree of hockey.
“You need to rating your first objective however you recognize it’s not going to be straightforward,” the Michigan native stated. “I attempted to maintain it out of my thoughts. It was sure to return eventually.”
Brandon Saad additionally scored for Chicago (three-zero-1), which was coming off an additional time loss Monday night time in Toronto.
Tomas Plekanec scored for Montreal (1-three-zero) when he picked off a Ryan Hartman cross within the Blackhawks zone, wheeled and scored on a wrist shot contained in the close to submit 1:15 into the sport.
Patrick Sharp intercepted a Jordie Benn clearing try and fed DeBrincat for a one-timer aim at 17:fifty three. Solely 19 seconds later, Saad obtained this fifth aim of the season on a faucet-in whereas ending a 3-man rush with Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik.
DeBrincat made the decisive move in a tic-tac-toe play with Cody Franson that Anisimov completed with a faucet-in on an influence play 10:forty four into the second body.
The Canadiens, who outshot the Blackhawks forty two-25, have misplaced three in a row and scored solely 4 objectives…