Saad scores in OT to give Blackhawks 4-3 win over Hurricanes

Associated Press

Saad scores in OT to give Blackhawks 4-3 win over HurricanesBy MIKE POTTER

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Brandon Saad scored at 1:44 of overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win over the Carolina Panthers on Saturday night.

Alex DeBrincat scored two goals and Gustav Forsling had one for Chicago, which scored three times after falling behind 3-1. DeBrincat and Forsling also assisted on Saad’s game-winner.

Brock McGinn had two goals and Jeff Skinner scored one for Carolina.

Chicago’s Anton Forsberg had 35 saves.

Scott Darling, who spent the previous three seasons with the Blackhawks, stopped 26 shots for the Hurricanes.

Carolina led 2-0 after an opening period in which the Hurricanes outshot the visitors 16-15. Darling stopped a penalty shot by Saad just 1:57 into the game.

McGinn put the Hurricanes ahead at 6:53 on a backhander from the left doorstep with assists from Derek Ryan and Justin Williams. McGinn has goals in three straight games, while Ryan has points in three straight and Williams has assists in the last three.

Jeff Skinner added his eighth of the season, unassisted from the same spot at 9:01.

The Blackhawks scored on a rush just after a power play ended at 7:34 of the second, with DeBrincat converting on Jonathan Toews’ pinpoint pass to the right doorstep.

Back came Carolina at 9:58, with McGinn roofing the puck past Forsberg on a rush.

DeBrincat scored his second goal early in the third, and Forsling tied it on a blast from the left point with 9:31 remaining.

Along with Darling, Carolina forwards Joakim Nordstrom, Teuvo Teravainen and Marcus Kruger and defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk were members of the 2015 Blackhawks team that won the Stanley Cup.

NOTES: C Patrick Brown and D Klas Dahlbeck were healthy scratches for Carolina. … C John Hayden, D Michal Kempny and D Jordan Oesterle were Chicago’s healthy extras. … The teams’ other meeting is in Chicago on March 8.


Blackhawks: Return home on Sunday to face New Jersey in the opener of a two-game homestand.

Hurricanes: Host Dallas on Monday night to complete a two-game homestand.

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