Blackhawks rally for much-needed victory over Hurricanes

Aubrey Yates
November 12, 2017

DeBrincat now has five goals and 10 points in 17 games this season. The sooner, the better. "We have a lot of guys who can get the job done so when we play the right way you see how things happen for us".

Sure enough, the long-awaited offensive breakthrough the Hawks have been talking about for weeks finally came.

The Blackhawks snapped their three-game losing streak versus Carolina the last time they faced the Hurricanes, winning 2-1 at home on January 6 of last season. Brandon Saad leads Chicago with six goals, Patrick Kane has nine assists and Ryan Hartman has 28 shots on goal. Forsberg made 35 stops to improve to 2-9-2 in his career. "Nice to get those two points". "Hopefully it gives us some confidence going forward".

Saad's night was emblematic of the Hawks' night.

Chicago cut the lead in half about eight minutes into the second; at the tail end of a powerplay, Chicago forward Jonathan Toews and DeBrincat came in on a two-on-one rush, and Toews made a flawless pass across the crease that DeBrincat finished to make it 2-1. But 61 minutes and 44 seconds into what would have been his 11th game in a row without a goal, Saad took a nifty backhanded leave by DeBrincat and fired the game-winner between Darling's pads for an emphatic and cathartic goal.

After the Canes failed to capitalize on numerous chances to make it 4-2, including a third unsuccessful power play, Blackhawks defenseman Gustav Forsling tied the game at three with a point shot that beat a screened Darling with 8:31 to play. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays.

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Brock McGinn scored twice and Jeff Skinner picked up his eighth of the season for the Canes, who led 2-0 after the first period and 3-1 after two.

Special teams continued to be an issue for Carolina in this one, as Chicago struck right after a power play in the second period, and the Canes went 0 for 3 with the man advantage, running the scoreless streak on the power play to five games. The one thing that he hasn't done yet and doesn't look to be doing tonight is putting a line out there of Alex DeBrincat-Nick Schmaltz-Patrick Kane.

"To see our group battle back like this shows a lot of character", said Saad, who now leads the National Hockey League with five game-winning goals.

"I think it's good timing for me", DeBrincat said. The Blackhawks have been much more consistent with its defense and that's a sign that the wins will start picking up once the offense can show up. "If we have it, we'll be moving".

Saad hadn't scored a goal since October 14 against Nashville, and just like he did in that game, Saad earned the game-winner with an overtime tally to lead the Blackhawks to victory.

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