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Blackhawks rally past Blue Jackets in OT, split two-game set

DeBrincat wins it 35 seconds in after Soderberg ties it late in third period

by Brandon Cain / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

DeBrincat buries game-winner

CBJ@CHI: DeBrincat bats puck out of air for OT-winner

Alex DeBrincat bats the puck out of mid-air and past Joonas Korpisalo for the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the Blackhawks

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CHICAGO -- Alex DeBrincat scored 35 seconds into overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at United Center on Saturday.

Patrick Kane passed from the top of the left face-off circle to DeBrincat, who juggled the puck before batting it in off goalie  Joonas Korpisalo's left arm.

"[Kane] was able to get it through, it bounced off my stick and I obviously wanted to put it toward the net," said DeBrincat, who has two overtime goals in his past four games. "It worked out this time, but pretty lucky."

Kane had two assists, and Kevin Lankinen made 29 saves for the Blackhawks (7-5-4), who are 5-1-1 in their past seven games.

"Big win for us, obviously, to respond and get two points," Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton said. "It was a battle. I liked our first period, thought we deserved better from the chances we created, a couple of really good power plays (0-for-2). As the game went on it tightened up, they had the lead and did a good job of making it hard for us to generate things. Missed opportunities, but I like how we stayed in it. We were one shot away and we continued to be one shot away until we got our chance."

Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist, and Korpisalo made 28 saves for the Blue Jackets (7-5-4), who were coming off a 6-5 win here on Thursday.

"We got away from our style a little bit and they capitalized on those opportunities," Atkinson said. "It's nice that we got a point, but I think we should have come away with two."

Patrik Laine gave Columbus a 1-0 lead at 6:39 of the first period, taking a pass from Atkinson at center ice before scoring with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle that went in off the left post.

"That's how I'm getting my paychecks to do that, so it's just all natural," Laine said. "I'm not thinking about it, I'm just shooting it and I know I'm good at it."

Video: CBJ@CHI: Laine picks the corner on Lankinen

Nicolas Beaudin scored for a second straight game to tie it 1-1 at 3:12 of the second period when he got to a loose puck in the right circle and beat Korpisalo short side.

Atkinson redirected Zach Werenski's shot from the point five-hole on Lankinen for a 2-1 lead at 14:47. Atkinson has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past three games.

Korpisalo preserved the lead with 1:40 remaining in the second when he made a left-toe save on Dylan Strome's backhand shot.

Carl Soderberg scored his first goal with Chicago to tie it 2-2 at 16:15 of the third period. Philipp Kurashev knocked the puck away from Werenski to Soderberg, who turned and beat Korpisalo blocker side.

"It was probably right place, right time thing," said Soderberg, who signed a one-year contract with Chicago on Dec. 26, 2020. "Just tried to shoot at the end and hit it pretty good."

Video: CBJ@CHI: Soderberg wires wrister past Korpisalo

Columbus outshot Chicago 12-4 in the third period.

"We probably played one of our best periods in the third period," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "We gave them one chance and they scored a goal. … In the third period, I thought the checking part of our game, being above the puck, sticks on puck, all sorts of things defensively, I thought we played really well."

NOTES: Columbus defenseman Seth Jones had an assist on Atkinson's goal to extend his point streak to six games (one goal, six assists). … Blue Jackets forward Jack Roslovic had his six-game point streak end. … Kane has scored 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in his past eight games. … Chicago's win was its first when trailing entering the third period (1-4-0). … Werenski played 22:26 in his return after missing three games because of a lower-body injury.

Video: DeBrincat's OT-winner lifts Blackhawks to 3-2 win

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