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10 observations: Hawks beat Predators in King’s debut

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Alex DeBrincat

The Blackhawks defeated the Nashville Predators 2-1 in overtime at the United Center on Sunday.

Here are 10 observations from the win:

1. Blackhawks interim head coach Derek King made his NHL coaching debut after taking over for Jeremy Colliton. He said before the game he was "nervous, scared, anxious and excited." He sat down with NBC Sports Chicago for an exclusive interview, which you can watch here.

2. Alex DeBrincat scored the overtime winner and immediately went to pick up the puck, which he gave to King for his first career NHL win as a head coach. Classy gesture.

3. The Blackhawks generated 13 high-danger chances at even strength, according to Natural Stat Trick. They allowed seven — six of them came in the second period.

4. The Blackhawks allowed only two scoring chances off the rush and four odd-man rushes, according to Sportlogiq. It was a strong defensive effort.

5. Brandon Hagel, who scored his fourth goal in six games, left in the third period with an apparent injury. He fell awkwardly on his arm. King didn't have an update after the game and said the team will know more on Monday.

6. The line of Hagel, Dominik Kubalik and Jonathan Toews was, hands down, the best trio. When the three of them were on the ice together at even strength, the Blackhawks led in shot attempts (15-5), shots on goal (8-3), scoring chances (11-2) and high-danger chances (4-2).


7. Kevin Lankinen was named the third star of the game after stopping 20 of 21 shots for a save percentage of .952. He wasn't tested very much, but was sharp. It's his first win of the season.

8. The Blackhawks registered 40 hits. Their per-60-minute average going into this game was 28.4. Jujhar Khaira led the way with seven and Riley Stillman was right behind him at six.

9. The Predators recorded the game's first three shots on goal, but the Blackhawks had the next nine and didn't allow a shot for more than 12 minutes. They gave up only one high-danger chance in the first period.

10. Erik Gustafsson logged only 6:21 of ice time. It was a season-low. Connor Murphy (26:46) and Seth Jones (26:26) were the ice time leaders for the Blackhawks.

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