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RECAP: Blackhawks Comeback to Top Golden Knights, 5-3

Down 2-0 early, Chicago scores five straight to earn first-ever victory over Vegas

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

The Blackhawks went down 2-0 early, but rattled off five straight goals to pick up their first-ever win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday night, a 5-3 final at T-Mobile Arena. 

PLAYER OF THE GAME: With his third three-point night in the last four games, Patrick Kane (1G, 2A) sparked the five-goal comeback and led all Blackhawks forwards in ice time with 18:50.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: Kirby Dach notched the first multi-point game of his career with a goal and an assist in the win, his second straight game with a goal.

UP NEXT: Chicago now heads to Nashville to face the Predators on Saturday night. 


In the opening minute of play, Zack Smith earned a penalty shot as Nicolas Hague committed a hooking infraction with the veteran forward on a breakaway. Smith beat Marc-Andre Fleury with his penalty shot, but rang it off the iron behind the Vegas netminder. 

Just over two mintues later, it was Hague who helped open the scoring for the Golden Knights, firing a shot from the point that deflected off William Carrier in front for a 1-0 lead at 2:58 of the first. 

William Karlsson would double the lead at 6:29 of the opening frame on the power play, getting in solo and sliding a backhander between the legs of Corey Crawford in net. 

Just 16 seconds after Karlsson's goal, Kane ripped a one-timer off a feed from Dylan Strome to cut Vegas' lead to 2-1 at 6:45 of the first. 

Video: CHI@VGK: Kane fires home heavy one-timer 

In the second period, the Blackhawks took quick control of the game in a wild 60 seconds of action. First, the Golden Knights thought they had taken a 3-1 lead as Alex Tuch rang a shot off the crossbar and then the post. Upon review, the goal called on the ice was reversed and the momentum quickly swung to the other end of the ice. 

Only 15 seconds later, Calvin de Haan notched his first as a member of the Blackhawks, going top shelf past Fleury from the high slot at 4:09 of the second. With a primary assist on the goal, Zack Smith recorded his first point as a Blackhawk and his 100th career NHL assist. 

Video: CHI@VGK: de Haan picks the corner on Fleury

Then, 45 seconds after the equalizer, Erik Gustafsson kept the defensive party going with his first of the season on another wrister from the slot that beat the Golden Knights netminder high at 4:54 of the middle frame. 

Video: CHI@VGK: Gustafson roofs wrist shot from the slot 

Dach would give the Blackhawks a two-goal lead in the third period off a feed from former Golden Knight Ryan Carpenter at 3:57. The rookie drove the net and knocked home his own rebound to notch his second career goal against Vegas, his second goal in as many games and his first multi-point night in the NHL. 

Video: CHI@VGK: Dach pots own rebound to extend lead

Strome would make it a three-goal lead at 16:39 of the third, burying a feed from Alex DeBrincat on a breakaway, going high on Fleury.

Video: CHI@VGK: Strome beats Fleury on the rush

Nate Schmidt added a late goal at 19:00 with a shot from the point through traffic in front. 

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