Subban Is The Man: Blackhawks 4, Lightning 3 (SO) – March 5, 2021

This game had a familiar feeling. It may not have ended with a buzzer-beater, but the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning put on a show in the second of back-to-back games. This time, the Blackhawks get the last laugh, winning in the shootout thanks to Malcolm Subban and Philipp Kurashev, 4-3 the final score.

The Blackhawks record moves to 13-7-5 on the season with 31 points in the standings, as they become the fourth team in the Central Division to reach the 30-point plateau.

Malcolm Subban started the game off shaky, allowing two goals within the first handful of minutes. Although it would’ve been easy for Chicago to get down on the slow start — chalking it up to how much was put into last night’s overtime loss — the Blackhawks rebounded later in the period with Alex DeBrincat scoring on the powerplay.

And, boy … DeBrincat has been on a tear here lately, scoring 11 points over an eight-game point streak, reaching 100 career goals and 200 career points with his first of what would be two goals in the game (he added a second goal in the second period). Naturally, Patrick Kane had his 11th multi-point game of the season, adding assists on both DeBrincat goals, extending his team-lead in points to 37 for the year.

The Blackhawks again showed that they can hang with the best teams in the NHL after tonight’s effort. After falling behind 2-0 and 3-2, they pulled the game even and forced overtime.

That’s two nights in-a-row that the Lightning and Blackhawks put in an overtime effort that took some years off my life.

Two-on-one after two-on-one chance, back and forth action for all five minutes, and a penalty-kill by the Blackhawks to force the shootout. Subban finished the 65-minute effort with 37 saves on 40 shots faced, and made all three saves in the shootout. He sees his record move to 4-2-1 on the season.

Everyone take some time on Saturday to collect yourselves. We get to do this one more time on Sunday.

Final Thoughts

•   Brent Seabrook was in the United Center tonight. He was given a standing ovation from the teams and officials during his tribute video in the first period. It was emotional and a damn, damn shame that 22,000 fans couldn’t be in the building to honor him properly.

•   In the first intermission, Seabrook talked with Blackhawks announcer Eddie Olczyk about his decision to end his playing career. You can see him get emotional towards the end of the first part of the interview when talking about his Dad. Damn man, it sucks to see Seabrook go out not on his own terms.

•   Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane are the top two leaders in points for the Blackhawks this season and are key to their level of success so far this year. Tonight, they both registered multi-point efforts. It’s the eighth multi-point night for DeBrincat and the 11th multi-point game for Kane this season.

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Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.

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