Hagel has goal, two assists for Blackhawks in OT win against Predators


CHICAGO — Brandon Hagel scored at 3:00 of overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-4 win against the Nashville Predators at United Center on Wednesday.

Hagel skated around Predators forward Mikael Granlund and scored top shelf for the Blackhawks (22-20-5), who scored three goals in a span of 2:51 in the third period to tie.

Hagel had a goal and two assists, Vinnie Hinostroza and Pius Suter each had a goal and an assist, and Malcolm Subban made 36 saves for Chicago, which won its first game against Nashville this season (1-4-2).

The teams play the series finale of the three-game set here Friday. The Predators won 5-2 in Nashville on Monday.

Granlund had a goal and an assist, Eeli Tolvanen scored in his return after missing seven games with a lower-body injury, and Juuse Saros made 25 saves for Nashville (25-21-2).

Luke Kunin scored on a tap-in 58 seconds into the third period to give the Predators a 4-1 lead.

Wyatt Kalynuk cut it to 4-2 at 10:04 when he tapped in Patrick Kane‘s backdoor feed, Hinostroza made it 4-3 at 11:13 with a tap-in and Dominik Kubalik tied it 4-4 at 12:55.

Hagel forced a turnover by Predators defenseman Roman Josi at the point and made a saucer pass on the rush to Suter, who gave Chicago a 1-0 lead at 4:14 of the first period.

Tolvanen tied it 1-1 at 14:16 when he scored at the top of the crease off Viktor Arvidsson‘s pass behind the net.

Colton Sissons gave the Predators a 2-1 lead at 13:39 of the second period after he skated between two Chicago defenders to grab a loose puck.

Granlund extended the lead to 3-1 at 19:58 when he scored from the left face-off circle.

Blackhawks defenseman Calvin de Haan sustained a right hip injury in the first period and did not return.

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