Alex DeBrincat scored two goals and Corey Crawford made 42 saves to help the Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 in overtime on Friday.
Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson was a healthy scratch for Friday's game against the Predators with the NHL trade deadline expiring at 2 PM central on Monday.
TSN's Pierre LeBrun reported Gustafsson was held out for precautionary reasons.
Last season Gustafsson had a career-high 17 goals and 60 points. He has 26 points (six goals, 20 assists) in 59 games this season, and has a plus-8 rating during 5-on-5 play.
Jesse Granger of the Athletic had reported earlier that the Vegas Golden Knights were interested in the 27-year-old D man.
Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith recorded his 600th NHL point after he picked up the secondary assist on Alex DeBrincat's third-period goal that tied it 1-1, then sent DeBrincat the lone helper in overtime to help win it for the Hawks.
Keith currently has 99 goals and 502 assists with Chicago.
Corey Crawford and Pekka Rinne engaged in an epic goalie battle at the United Center on Friday. Through regulation, Crawford made spectacular save after spectacular save. The first goal of the game came at 14:56 of the second period when Mattias Ekholm scored.
Rinne was fantastic as well, not getting scored on until almost midway through the third period. In the first period, the Preds goalie stopped Brandon Saad on a breakaway and Saad's penalty shot after he was hooked on the play.
The Blackhawks and Alex DeBrincat would get the best of Rinne and the Preds. DeBrincat scored his second goal of the game 4:02 into overtime to win it for the Hawks. Crawford saved 42 of 43 shots through OT and Rinne stopped 36 of 38.
Improved power play
The Hawks' power play got off to a good start on Friday. On their first power play of the game (Matt Duchene slashing against Alex Nylander), Chicago spent a lot of time in the Preds' zone and recorded 10 shot attempts, including seven on net.
Then, at 9:05 of the third period on their fourth man advantage of the game after Filip Forsberg tripped Kirby Dach, Alex DeBrincat scored a power-play goal by deflecting a Patrick Kane shot past Rinne.
Chicago was 1-for-4 on the power play for the game.
Too many penalties
Not only did the Hawks take too many penalties - five - which greatly diminished their 5-on-5 time, but they had repeat offenders in the box.
Keith was tagged with two infractions (holding and hooking in the second period) and Slater Koekkoek recorded three penalties (tripping in the first, interference in the second and tripping in the third).
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