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RECAP: Blackhawks Top Predators in OT, 2-1

A 42-save performance from Crawford and a two-goal night from DeBrincat lead comeback victory over Nashville

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

It was a goaltending duel as Corey Crawford and Pekka Rinne combined for 78 saves on 81 shots, but Alex DeBrincat's two-goal night sealed a come-from-behind 2-1 overtime win for the Blackhawks over the Nashville Predators on Friday at the United Center.

Crawford stopped 42 of the 43 shots he faced on the night and his .977 save percentage on the night set a season high for a non-shutout performance. 

PLAYER OF THE GAME: DeBrincat's two-goal performance led the way for Chicago in the OT win. 

STAT OF THE NIGHT: With an assist in his second straight game, Duncan Keith logged his 600th career point with a helper on DeBrincat's third-period goal. The defenseman is the 10th player in franchise history to reach 600 points in a Blackhawks sweater.

UP NEXT: Chicago embarks on a four-game road swing on Sunday afternoon in Dallas. 


After a flurry of saves at both ends of the rink over the opening 34 minutes, Mattias Ekholm opened the scoring on Nashville's 26th shot of the night at 14:56 of the second period. Off a Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews chance in the offensive zone, the Predators went the other way on an odd-man rush, where Rocco Grimaldi found the trailer Ekholm with a centering feed that the defenseman snuck past the blocker of Crawford with a quick shot from the top of the circle.

Seconds after a pair of power-play chances by Patrick Kane and DeBrincat that Rinne robbed off the goal line, the duo combined on the man advantage to level the game at 9:05 of the third period. Keith sent a point-to-point pass to Kane, who fired a wrister that DeBrincat tipped home past the glove of Rinne to tie things up 1-1. 

Video: NSH@CHI: DeBrincat scores PPG in 3rd period

The Blackhawks made a late push for the game-winner in regulation, but the game went to overtime deadlocked 1-1. 

In the final minute of the extra frame, Keith sprung DeBrincat on a breakaway, where the winger beat Rinne blocker side for the game-winner at 4:08.

Video: NSH@CHI: DeBrincat nets OT winner to lift Blackhawks

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