Chicago Blackhawks: Alex DeBrincat finishes off amazing comeback

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The Chicago Blackhawks are officially eliminated from playoff contention. They were in the race much longer than people anticipated before the season began which is nice but it could have been better. The coaching staff and players should mostly be proud of themselves for getting the most out of a lesser group but the management team should be ashamed of themselves. Despite all of that, they were able to win a very fun game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.

The Chicago Blackhawks pulled out a very nice win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Hawks went down 1-0 to the Canes at 9:49 of the first period and that score would remain for most of the game. That was until Riley Stillman scored his first NHL goal at 16:59 of the third period. The Hawks literally snatched victory from the hands of defeat when Alex DeBrincat’s snipe in overtime won the game for Chicago.

The Carolina Hurricanes are a very good team so it was great to see the Hawks beat them. They showed perseverance in a game that they really had no business even winning. Collin Delia was outstanding in goal as he made 36 saves on 37 shots to give his team a chance.

Alex DeBrincat deserves a lot of credit for the way that he has played this season. That was his 29th goal of the season which would be a lot even in a full season. It would be nice to see him get that 30th over the Hawks’ last two games. He is probably going to be a big piece going forward as this team looks to get things back going in the right direction.

Add 23 assists to those 29 goals for 52 points in 50 games that DeBrincat has played. He is a top-20 NHL scorer for his efforts which is really nice to have in your team’s second-best forward. He slumped a little bit in 2019-20 so it is so good (and important) to see him play this well in 2021. The sky is the limit for a player like this.

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The Chicago Blackhawks are (more than likely) not going to be in the lottery conversation so they might as well try and close out this season strong. Certain players having some confidence going into the offseason is just what they need. Their last two games of the season will come this weekend at the United Center against the Dallas Stars.