It wasn’t easy, but their game against the Florida Panthers sure was satisfying for the Chicago Blackhawks as they won a 5-4 overtime decision to cap off a three game road trip.
The win was the Blackhawks’ first against a road opponent since mid-October, and it snapped a brief two game losing streak for the team.
Without further adieu, here are the Blackhawks’ Three Stars of the Game:
Third Star: David Kampf
With his team trailing by two goals early in the second period, Kampf carried the puck into the zone, made a couple of brilliant moves around defenders, and scored this gorgeous goal to get his team on the board:
The goal was Kampf’s third of the season, and he would later add an assist in the winning effort.
Second Star: Erik Gustafsson
It’s been a bit of an up and down season for Gustafsson, but he had one of his finest moments of the year in the overtime period, as he used his speed and nose for the goal to score and give the Blackhawks the victory.
After he scored the game-winner, he did something even cooler than scoring when he gave his stick to a lucky child near the Blackhawks’ bench:
First Star: Brandon Saad
Saad has been one of the Blackhawks’ best players in recent games after a sluggish start to the season, and he kept that up in this game, dishing out two assists and impacting the game in a big way on both ends of the ice.
His second assist came on Alex DeBrincat’s game-tying goal with less than two seconds to go in regulation, as he made a spinning pass that landed right on the talented sophomore’s stick and ended up behind James Reimer:
Saad also had a beautiful feed to Patrick Kane on his game-tying goal in the second period, and kept up the strong play that has characterized his game in recent weeks.