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Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 4-3 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday:

1. A gutsy comeback victory

Going into Saturday, the Blackhawks were 5-19-3 when giving up the first goal for a win percentage of .185, which ranked second-to-last in the NHL. Meanwhile, the Wild were 9-1-1 when leading after one period for a win percentage of .818, which ranked sixth.

The Blackhawks battled back and traded goals with the Wild twice before Erik Gustafsson scored the game-winner in overtime for his first multi-goal effort of his NHL career. He had previously gone 15 straight games without a goal. What a way to snap out of that drought.

Since returning from a nine-day break, the Blackhawks have won back-to-back road games in a span of 24 hours and stretched their winning streak to four games, which is a new season long. And they're now only three points out of a wild card spot in the Western Conference, although they still have six teams to jump and all six of those clubs have games in hand. 

2. Power play bounces back

After going 0-for-2 in Buffalo that ended a streak where they scored a power play in nine consecutive games, the Blackhawks bounced back with the man advantage and did so in a big way. 

The Blackhawks were awarded five power plays, and failed to capitalize on the first three. But they didn't on the final two.

 

Jonathan Toews put the Blackhawks in front 3-2 with 3:35 left in regulation when he tipped in a shot on the power play. Minnesota responded just 1:33 later, but Ryan Suter committed a delay of game penalty with 19 seconds remaining and the Blackhawks converted on a 4-on-3 man advantage in overtime. It was a perfect rebound performance.

3. Point streaks extended

Patrick Kane has been on a ridiculous streak for more than a month now. All season, really. And that continued on Saturday. After recording a primary assist on Toews' power-play goal, he extended his season-long point streak to 11 games and has 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) over that span.

In other news, Alex DeBrincat scored a goal and added two assists to extend his point streak to five games. He's also recorded at least one point in nine of his past 10 games, and has eight goals during that stretch. His 26 goals is two away from matching the total (28) from last season during his rookie campaign, which led the Blackhawks.

And finally, Toews' point streak is now up to four games. He has nine points (five goals, four assists) during that stretch.

4. Dylan Strome heating up

All the attention has been on DeBrincat, Kane and Toews as of late, but there's one notable Blackhawk that's flying under the radar and continues to produce. With two assists against the Wild, Strome has had a multi-point outing in four of his last six games after having just one point in his previous six.

In 29 games with the Blackhawks, Strome has nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points for a points-per-game rate of 0.79. His 82-game pace would be 26 goals and 39 assists for 65 points. He's been a terrific acquisition so far.