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Dominik Kubalik recorded a hat trick with three goals in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied past the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 on Thursday night.

 

Slater Koekkoek scored his first goal of the season and Brandon Saad added another score as Chicago beat the Lightning for the first time in regulation since Dec. 13, 2009.

 

The Blackhawks scored three goals in a span of 5:20 and five goals total in the third period to erase a two-goal deficit. Kubalik tied the game at 5:02 to tie the game, provided an insurance goal on the power play at 11:43 and capped it off with his third of the period into an empty net at 17:29.

 

Kubalik is the third rookie in Blackhawks' history to score three goals in one period, joining George Hay (Feb. 19, 1927) and Ryan Hartman (Jan. 8, 2017).

 

Chicago's Corey Crawford finished with 37 saves.

 

Tampa Bay had won eight consecutive games against Chicago and was 14-0-2 in the last 16 meetings in the regular season.

 

Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point each had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay, which lost its fourth consecutive game. Curtis McElhinney stopped 22 shots for the Lightning, which had been 28-0-4 on the season when entering the third period with the lead.

 

Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos missed the game with an undisclosed injury as he underwent further testing on Thursday and winger Pat Maroon was scratched due to injury.

 

The Blackhawks are at Florida Panthers on Saturday.

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