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Blackhawks rally, top Hurricanes

Saad scores at 1:44 of overtime after Chicago scores twice in third period

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Correspondent

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Brandon Saad scored at 1:44 of overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Saturday.

Saad, who scored the game-winning goal in each of Chicago's first four wins of the season, had been held without a goal for the previous 10 games.

 

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"I think the biggest thing is getting the win, helping contribute," Saad said. "Goals are going to come. You just keep getting chances. But that one definitely felt good."

The Blackhawks (8-7-2) trailed 3-1 in the third period but got goals from Alex DeBrincat, who scored twice, and Gustav Forsling. Anton Forsberg made 35 saves to earn his first NHL win as a starter.

"I liked our response coming off [Carolina's] third goal," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "Obviously, a couple nice plays. We had more traffic at the net than we've seen lately. Coming back from down two is a huge win for us."

Brock McGinn scored two goals for Carolina (6-5-4). Scott Darling, who spent his first three seasons as the Blackhawks backup goaltender, made 26 saves in his first start against his former team.

McGinn gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead at 6:53 of the first period when Derek Ryan found him at the left side of the net. The goal gave McGinn a three-game goal-scoring streak.

Video: CHI@CAR: McGinn flips a backhander past Forsberg

Carolina extended the lead to 2-0 on a strong individual effort from Jeff Skinner. After his backhand shot was cleared from the crease by Brent Seabrook, Skinner gathered the puck along the boards and shot to the far post for his eighth of the season at 9:01.

Darling kept the Blackhawks off the scoreboard early in the period when he made a save on Saad's penalty shot at 1:57.

DeBrincat's fourth of the season made it 2-1 at 7:34 of the second period. After a nice breakout sequence, Jonathan Toews made a nice pass to DeBrincat at the far post just as a penalty against Marcus Kruger expired. Richard Panik earned the secondary assist for his 100th NHL point.

McGinn scored his second goal at 9:59 to make it 3-1. He took a pass from Ryan in the neutral zone and got a step on Duncan Keith before he lifted a backhand over Forsberg's shoulder on the short side.

DeBrincat's second goal made it 3-2 at 3:16 of the third period. Patrick Kane made a short pass to the slot to find DeBrincat alone for a quick shot.

Video: CHI@CAR: DeBrincat hits the post, notches second goal

"I think it's good timing for me," DeBrincat said. "We definitely needed that win. I thought it was a pretty good game for us too. Confidence is a lot in this game. If we have it, we'll be moving."

Forsling tied the game at 11:29 with a hard shot from the left point.

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

Video: CHI@CAR: Forsling scores through traffic, ties game

 

Goal of the game

DeBrincat's goal at 7:34 of the second period.

Video: CHI@CAR: DeBrincat finishes Toews' cross-ice feed

 

Save of the game

Forsberg stopped Elias Lindholm 54 seconds into overtime.

Video: CHI@CAR: Forsberg makes two point-blank stops in OT

 

Highlight of the game

Saad's overtime goal at 1:44.

Video: CHI@CAR: Saad goes five-hole for game-winning goal

 

They said it

"It's different. I thought [Darling] played pretty well, especially early on in that first period when we had some chances around the net. He's a big goalie, so he gets his body in front of a lot of pucks. It's weird facing (Trevor) van Riemsdyk and Kruger as well. I wish them all the best, but it was nice to beat them tonight though." -- Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane on playing against Hurricanes goalie Scott Darling

"The power play has been struggling as of late, but we've got to find a way to turn that around. It's costing us in some situations where we need a bit of a jump, and we're not getting it." -- Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner

 
Need to know

DeBrincat, who set up the overtime goal, had the first three-point game of his NHL career. ... The Hurricanes have scored one power-play goal in the past 10 games.

 

What's next

Blackhawks: Host the New Jersey Devils on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSCH, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Hurricanes: Host the Dallas Stars on Monday (7 p.m. ET; FS-SW, FS-CR, TVAS, NHL.TV)

 

Video: DeBrincat leads Blackhawks to 4-3 victory in overtime

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