The Chicago Blackhawks ended a two game skid last night, edging the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime.
The Blackhawks fell into a 2-0 hole early in the first period, courtesy of a pair of quick goals from Brock McGinn and Jeff Skinner. The Blackhawks failed to capitalize on a number of opportunities to score, including a pair of chances on an early penalty kill, and an early penalty shot afforded to Brandon Saad.
The Blackhawks finally got on board early in the second, with Alex DeBrincat burying a pass from Jonathan Toews in the dying seconds of a powerplay. The Hurricanes answered two minutes later with a partial breakaway goal from McGinn. DeBrincat cut the Blackhawks deficit to one goal early in the third. Gustav Forsling tied the game with nine minutes left in the period. Saad won the game in overtime, going five hole on former Blackhawks backup Scott Darling.
Backup goalie Anton Forsberg had a serviceable performance in his first win as a Blackhawk, stopping 35 out of 38 shots he faced. He, much like most of the team, had a shaky first half of the game, but stabilized himself through the second half and through overtime. The Blackhawks’ record improves to 8-7-2.
DeBrincat DeBreaks out
It was a coming out game for the Blackhawks rookie. He had three points in the win, and was bar none the best player on the ice for the Hawks. DeBrincat has not been bad in these early games, but he hasn’t been noticeable either. But tonight was above and beyond DeBrincat’s best game so far wearing the Indian Head.
For the second straight game, the Blackhawks came out of the gate seeming like they forgot what time the game actually started. The Hurricanes peppered the Hawks with 14 shots within the first 10 minutes of the game. To the Blackhawks’ credit, though, they stabilized themselves quickly, erasing the huge deficit in shots on goal and finishing the first period only down by one shot. This was also only the second time this season that the Blackhawks won a game after trailing for two periods.
The Blackhawks have a quick turn around, facing the New Jersey Devils on home ice for the second game of another home and away back to back. The Devils are one of the hottest teams in the league now, and they are coming from a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers Saturday night.
The Blackhawks are healthy, apart from Jordin Tootoo, Marian Hossa and Michal Roszival in LTIR.
My three stars:
3. Brandon Saad 1G
2. Brock McGinn 2G
1. Alex DeBrincat 2G 1A