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RECAP: Blackhawks Finish Off Three-Goal Comeback in OT, 5-4

Chicago scored three times in 2:51 span in third period, Hagel scores OT winner

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

The Blackhawks overcame a three-goal third-period deficit and pulled out an overtime victory over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night at the United Center, 5-4.

Pius Suter, Wyatt Kalynuk, Vinnie Hinostroza and Dominik Kubalik all scored in regulation and Brandon Hagel scored the game-winner in overtime as Malcolm Subban made 34 saves in the win. 

STAT OF THE NIGHT: Chicago struck thrice in a span of 2:51 in the third period to pull even, 4-4.

UP NEXT: The Blackhawks and Predators meet for the third straight outing on Friday night (7 p.m. - NBCSCH+). Stock up for puck drop with Bud Light and Drizly here!


GAME RECAP


CHI: 1, NSH: 0
1st - 3:13 - Pius Suter (Brandon Hagel)

Chicago struck early on home ice as Vinnie Hinostroza and Brandon Hagel combined to create a turnover at the offensive blue line as Nashville attempted to clear. Hinostroza chased down Roman Josi as he tried to skate it out of his own end and knocked the the Predators' captain off the puck, with it then bouncing right to Hagel. The rookie jumped into an abbreviated 2-on-1 and found Pius Suter with a saucer feed that the latter put five-hole on Juuse Saros for a 1-0 lead.

Video: NSH@CHI: Hagel, Suter team up to kick off scoring


CHI: 1, NSH: 1
1st - 14:16 - Eeli Tolvanen (Victor Arvidsson, Ryan Johansen)

The Predators got on the board late in the frame as Victor Arvidsson put in the hard work to setup the equalizer. The forward dodged a check entering the Chicago zone, circled behind the net and slipped a backhand feed to Eeli Tolvanen on the doorstep for the quick tally, 1-1.


CHI: 1, NSH: 2
2nd - 13:39 - Colton Sissons

Nashville took the lead just past the midpoint of the evening as Colton Sissons pounced on a bouncing puck that Connor Murphy couldn't cleanly handle and walked in on a partial breakaway. Sissons popped a still-rolling puck over the shoulder of Malcolm Subban for a 2-1 advantage.


CHI: 1, NSH: 3
2nd - 19:58 - Mikael Granlund (Mattias Ekholm)

With just over a second to play in the second, Mikael Granlund doubled the Predators lead on a last-second odd-man rush. Granlund got the puck from Mattias Ekholm just inside the blue line, walked in and pulled a toe-drag around a pressuring Connor Murphy at the top of the circle before slipping a shot past Malcolm Subban for a 3-1 lead.


CHI: 1, NSH: 4
3rd - 0:58 - Luke Kunin (Mikael Granlund, Roman Josi)

The Predators made it a 4-1 game in the opening minute of the third as Roman Josi pulled up on the half wall on a rush and fed a backhander to Mikael Grandlund entering the zone with speed. Granlund sent a cross-crease feed to Luke Kunin for a point-blank one-timer and the early tally.


CHI: 2, NSH: 4
3rd - 10:04 - Wyatt Kalynuk (Patrick Kane, Brandon Hagel)

The Blackhawks pulled one back midway through the final frame as Wyatt Kalynuk joined the odd-man rush up the ice. The rookie defenseman eluded his defender to get to the back post, where Patrick Kane found him with a centering feed for a 4-2 score.

Video: NSH@CHI: Kalynuk scores in 3rd period


CHI: 3, NSH: 4
3rd - 11:13 - Vinnie Hinostroza (Kirby Dach, Nikita Zadorov)

Just 69 seconds later, Vinnie Hinostroza struck with his first goal since returning to the Blackhawks off a give-and-go with Kirby Dach. Hinostroza hit Dach with a feed just inside the blue line on a rush, where the sophomore center pulled up and threaded the needle to a streaking Hinostroza in the slot to make it a 4-3 game.

Video: NSH@CHI: Hinostroza puts home pass to trim deficit


CHI: 4, NSH: 4
3rd - 12:55 - Dominik Kubalik (Pius Suter)

Chicago struck for a third time in a span of 2:51 to pull even, 4-4. Pius Suter intercepted a D-to-D pass behind the Nashville goal and quickly found a wide-open Dominik Kubalik in the slot for the 4-4 equalizer.

Video: NSH@CHI: Kubalik hammers feed to tie game in 3rd


CHI: 5, NSH: 4
OT - 3:00 - Brandon Hagel

Chicago completed the epic comeback in overtime as Brandon Hagel picked a top corner over the shoulder of Juuse Saros for the winner, 5-4. 

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