CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane scored 2:24 into overtime to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to their third straight win, 3-2 over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.
Kane gained a step on Florida’s Mike Matheson, broke in on James Reimer and beat the goalie with a high shot on the stick side for his 11th goal.
Chicago captain Jonathan Toews tied it at 2 with 6:02 left in the third period, breaking in alone and also beating Reimer high on the stick side after a terrific pass from Brandon Saad. It was Toews’ third goal in five games and No. 9 on the season.
Toews and Saad each had a goal and an assist. Blackhawks rookie Alex DeBrincat added two assists.
Nick Bjugstad scored in the second for Florida, and Jamie McGinn put the Panthers in front with his fifth of the season 3:53 into the third. Reimer made 25 saves.
Corey Crawford had 35 stops for the Blackhawks, who had lost five in a row before their win streak.
The Blackhawks had the better chances in the first and broke through when Saad opened the scoring with 3:11 left in the period.
Saad partially fanned on a one-timer at the edge of the crease after taking DeBrincat’s nifty feed from behind the net, but the puck slid in past Reimer’s outstretched left skate.
Bjugstad tied it 11:12 into the second when he beat Crawford low on the stick side on a breakaway. Bjugstad got the puck behind Chicago’s defense after Aleksander Barkov flipped it from inside the Panthers zone.
Chicago center Artem Anisimov missed on a point-blank chance late in the second, and McGinn scored in the third after the Blackhawks lost control of the puck just inside their blue line.
McGinn skated in for a 2-on-1 with Vincent Trochek, and then found himself alone on the left side of the crease after Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook fell down. He beat Crawford on the short side, lifting a shot between the goalie’s right shoulder and the left post.
After Toews tied it, Anisimov tipped a shot off the post with two minutes left in regulation.
NOTES: Florida C Denis Malgin took a hard hit from Chicago D Connor Murphy early in the first and didn’t return. … Blackhawks LW Patrick Sharp played his 900th NHL game. … Chicago RW Richard Panik was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. Panik has gone 21 games without a goal. … LW Ryan Hartman, a scratch the past two games, returned to the Blackhawks lineup. … Chicago D Cody Franson missed his second game with an upper-body injury. … Florida RW Evgenii Dadonov returned after missing eight games with an upper-body injury. … Panthers RW Radim Vrbata, who hasn’t scored since netting a hat trick on Oct. 26, sat out.
Panthers: At Colorado on Wednesday in the third game of a four-game trip.
Blackhawks: Visit Winnipeg on Wednesday.
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