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Recap: Canes Fall to Blackhawks in OT

McGinn scores twice, but Canes fall 4-3 in overtime

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Carolina Hurricanes squandered a two-goal lead in the third period but managed to salvage a point in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Brock McGinn tallied twice in regulation, but Alex DeBrincat's pair of goals and Brandon Saad's game-winner in 3-on-3 overtime propelled Chicago.

Here are five takeaways from tonight's cross-conference tilt.

One

The Hurricanes' power play remains an albatross.

The man advantage was 0-for-3 tonight, and the Canes are now 0-for-14 on the power play in their last five games and 1-for-26 in their last 10 games. Tonight, it had a chance to be a difference-maker in the third period. Up a goal, 3-2, the Hurricanes could have restored their two-goal advantage. Instead, their third opportunity went by the wayside, and the Blackhawks tied the game about three minutes later.

"The power play has been struggling as of late," Jeff Skinner said. "We've got to find a way to turn it around because it's costing us in some situations where we need a bit of a jump and we could maybe use one from the PP and we're not getting it. It's got to be better."

"I think we have to [reassess everything]. I think we have to make some personnel changes, myself," head coach Bill Peters said. "I'll have to talk to Roddy and see what he wants to do."

Two

Stepping back for a broader assessment of the third period, the Hurricanes entered the final 20 minutes with a two-goal lead. Anything less than two points - especially at home - is going to feel like a letdown in that situation, no matter the opponent.

"It's tough," Derek Ryan said. "You've got to be able to close those ones out. I thought they got a couple of bounces, but at the same time we have to make sure we're locking it up defensively, and we didn't do that."

Playing their sixth period in as many nights, you could point to fatigue as what plagued the Hurricanes' third period tonight. But, that didn't seem to be the issue. The Canes doubled up the Blackhawks in shots in the third, 10-5.

Video: Hear from Bill Peters Postgame

"I felt like my legs were there," Ryan said. "I felt good."

"I think the ice time was divvied up well," Peters said. "I didn't think there was much [given up]."

Three

DeBrincat scored the Blackhawks' first two goals of the game, and a seeing-eye point shot tied the score in the third. Gustav Forsling's shot from up top found its way through seemingly every other body on the ice to beat Darling.

"A little bit of duplication on the game-tying goal, which led to their D-man being open," Peters said. "Self-inflicted wound there."

In 3-on-3 overtime, DeBrincat drew two Canes defenders to the middle of the ice before dropping the puck off to Saad, who took a couple of steps and beat Darling five-hole for the game-winner.

Four

Brock McGinn was one of the Canes' best players tonight to cap what's been a productive week for the third-year forward.

McGinn had a pair of goals to extend his goal-scoring streak to three games (four goals in that stretch). He also leveled Jan Rutta along the near boards in the neutral zone in the first period, a booming check that was one of his two recorded hits in the game. And, prior to scoring his second goal, he blocked a Cody Franson clapper, taking it right off the shin.

Video: CHI@CAR: McGinn lights the lamp twice for Hurricanes

McGinn opened the scoring at the 6:53 mark of the first period. Justin Williams put a shot towards the net from the far boards. Ryan swung at the rebound, getting enough on it to where McGinn was able to tap it home.

The highlight reel belonged to McGinn in the second period when Ryan skied a pass to McGinn, who chased the puck down and backhanded a filthy shot top shelf to give his team a two-goal lead.

Five

With his assist on McGinn's first goal, Williams now has assists in three straight contests and seven helpers in his last seven games. The veteran forward paces the team in both points (13) and assists (11) through just over a month of play in the regular season. We knew how shrewd of an acquisition that was on July 1, and it's proving to be just that so far.

Video: CHI@CAR: Skinner draws iron, doubles the lead

Elsewhere on offense, Skinner scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season to make it a 2-0 Canes lead early in the first period. He nearly scored in the slot, a nifty shot that slid through Anton Forsberg but was cleared away in the crease by Brent Seabrook. The puck came back to Skinner along the far wall, though, and he beat Forsberg, who was a bit out of position, from a tough angle.

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