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RECAP: Blackhawks 4, Canucks 3 OT

Alex DeBrincat scored two, while Jonathan Toews secured the win in overtime as the Blackhawks beat the Canucks to pull within two points of the final Wild Card spot

by Chris Wescott /

RAPID REACTION: Jonathan Toews buried his 24th goal of the season in overtime to lift the Blackhawks to a 4-3 overtime win over the Vancouver Canucks, extending their win streak to six games.

The Blackhawks managed to kill off more than a minute of 5-on-3 hockey and, then the rest of the penalty, in the first period to keep the game scoreless.

Video: VAN@CHI: Toews nets beauty in overtime

Special teams played a role early in this one as Chicago scored on a lengthy power play of their own at 17:59 of the first. Patrick Kane worked the puck down low for Dylan Strome, who sauced a pass to Alex DeBrincat at the far faceoff dot. DeBrincat scored his 27th of the season to give the home team a 1-0 lead.

Brandon Saad made it a 2-0 game just 59 seconds later when he found a loose puck in front and buried it past Jacob Markstrom. Artem Anisimov and Brent Seabrook recorded the assists.

The Canucks drew within one with an Alex Biega point blast at 2:20 of the second. Then Josh Leivo sniped a shot far side at 4:41 of the middle frame.

DeBrincat stole back the Blackhawks lead at 14:01 of the second when he buried a silky smooth feed from Strome. The goal was his 28th of the season, tying last year's career high. Connor Murphy recorded the second assist.

Video: VAN@CHI: DeBrincat nets second on Strome's nifty pass

With 1:52 left in the game, on the power play and with their goalie pulled, the Canucks got a big-time goal from their big-time rookie. Elias Petterson scored his 25th goal of the season to tie the game at 3-3.

With 1:39 left in OT, Toews drove to the net and scored to secure the extra point in the standings. Strome recorded the lone assist.

KAN'T BE STOPPED: Every game you can say something about Kane. His remarkable season continued as he extended his point streak to 13 games with a secondary assist on DeBrincat's goal. Kane now has 10 goals and 19 assists during the streak.

GET OTTER HERE: Kane wasn't the only one to extend a streak on the first goal. The former Erie Otters teammates turned NHL linemates Strome and DeBrincat stayed hot as well. With his two-goal night, DeBrincat has a seven-game run going with five goals and seven assists in that span. Strome is now on a three-game streak but has been effective over the last month with 13 points in his last eight games since Jan. 14.

DeBrincat is now the fourth player in Blackhawks history to record multiple point streaks of seven or more games in one season. Eddie Olczyk, Denis Savard and Bobby Hull are the other three.

Strome now has 27 points in 31 games since joining the Blackhawks via trade. He had 16 in 48 appearances with Arizona before that.

KNEEL BEFORE SAAD: Speaking of offensive production… Saad has been great for Chicago of late. He now has six goals in his last eight games.

Video: VAN@CHI: Saad buries rebound on the power play

WHAT'S NEXT: Chicago will test their win streak against the Detroit Red Wings in a Sunday afternoon matchup. The game, at 2 p.m. CT, can be seen on NBCSCH, heard on WGN 720 or streamed on or via the NBCSCH MyTeamsApp.

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