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RECAP: Blackhawks Fall to Panthers 5-4

Chicago falls on home ice to Florida in final meeting of the season

by Leah Pascarella /

The Blackhawks chased the Panthers all night trying to tie the game in the final seconds, but it wasn't enough to defeat the visitors. The home team fell 5-4 Saturday night at the United Center.

Connor Murphy, Alex DeBrincat, Kirby Dach and Dominik Kubalik scored a goal a piece, Adam Guadette had a two-point night and Kevin Lankinen made 37 saves.

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CHI: 0, FLA: 1
1st - 7:54 - Anthony Duclair (Sam Bennett, Gustav Forsling)

The Florida Panthers opened the scoring in the first period with Anthony Duclair finding the back of the net for the visitors. The right winger took a trip behind the net, broke free to the middle of the ice and fired a wrister to give Florida a 1-0 lead.

CHI: 0, FLA: 2
2nd - 2:30 - Nikita Gusev (Radko Gudas, Ryan Lomberg)

Florida netted their second tally of the night early in the second. Nikita Gusev skated to the front of the net and tucked the puck past Kevin Lankinen for his first goal as a Panther.

CHI: 1, FLA: 2
2nd - 15:19 - Connor Murphy (Brett Connolly, Adam Gaudette) - PP

Late in the second, Connor Murphy blasted one from the point for a power-play goal to put the Blackhawks on the board.

Video: FLA@CHI: Murphy wires shot through traffic for PPG

CHI: 2, FLA: 2
2nd - 16:11 - Alex DeBrincat (Adam Gaudette, Ian Mitchell)

Less than a minute later, Alex DeBrincat kept the momentum going for the home team. The left winger received a nice pass from Adam Gaudette and found the back of the net tallying his 25th goal of the season and tying the game at 2-2.

Video: FLA@CHI: DeBrincat caps off a nice pass from Gaudette

CHI: 2, FLA: 3
2nd - 19:53 - Aleksander Barkov (Gustav Forsling, Anthony Duclair)

The Panthers responded to the Blackhawks' surge with Aleksander Barkov finding twine with under seven seconds left in the period giving Florida a 3-2 lead.

CHI: 2, FLA: 4
3rd - :28 - Anthony Duclair (Aleksander Barkov, Grigori Denisenko)

Florida got off to a fast start in the beginning of the third with Anthony Duclair making a move around Lankinen to tally his second goal of the night.

CHI: 2, FLA: 5
3rd - :59 - Owen Tippett (Sam Bennett)

Just seconds later, Owen Tippett received a perfect feed from Sam Bennett to give the visitors a 5-2 lead.

CHI: 3, FLA: 5
3rd - 12:28 - Kirby Dach (Philipp Kurashev, Brandon Hagel)

Kirby Dach closed the gap as he stormed the net for a power-play goal to put the Blackhawks within two with under seven minutes left to play.

Video: FLA@CHI: Dach swings and bats puck in for a PPG

CHI: 4, FLA: 5
3rd - :18 - Dominik Kubalik (Patrick Kane, Alex DeBrincat)

Dominik Kubalik gave the Blackhawks another chance and found the net with just :18 left of play putting the home team within one.

Video: FLA@CHI: Kubalik scores in 3rd period

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