10 observations: Alex DeBrincat, Blackhawks beat Stars in overtime

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10 observations: DeBrincat, Blackhawks beat Stars in OT originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Blackhawks defeated the Dallas Stars 2-1 in overtime on Sunday at American Airlines Center.

Here are 10 observations from the win:

1. Alex DeBrincat has been absolutely terrific since returning to the lineup. He scored two goals, including the overtime winner, and had a game-high seven shots on goal, extending his point streak to five. He has nine points (four goals, five assists) over that span.

2. The Blackhawks had four overtime/shootout losses and did not have a single win in extra time until Saturday. In picking up the win, the Blackhawks have picked up at least a point in nine of their last 10 games.

3. Malcolm Subban started in goal for the first time since Jan. 26 and was terrific. He stopped the first 27 shots he faced and finished with 30 saves on 31 shots for a save percentage of .968. 

4. The Stars are the top-ranked team in goals per game at 4.00 but the Blackhawks held them to one goal in 62:56 of action. That's certainly something to be proud of, given how leaky the Blackhawks' defense has been over the last few seasons.

5. It's no secret that the Stars have the No. 1-ranked power play in the league. The Blackhawks killed off all three penalties and are now 19-for-20 on the penalty kill over the last seven games, which is a big positive after a slow start.

6. The Stars went into this game giving up the fifth-fewest shots per game at 26.5. The Blackhawks recorded 32 in regulation and finished with 35 total. Not bad.

7. Jamie Benn and Nikita Zadorov dropped the gloves at the 3:10 mark of the second period, and it was the first fight of the season for the Blackhawks. It was a staged fight and felt like two players trying to spark some momentum after a dull opening period.

8. The Blackhawks had a strong defensive start to this game. They gave up only one shot on goal in the first 12:25 of action and dictated the pace of play for the majority of the first period. 

9. Brandon Hagel is still searching for his first career NHL goal but he could easily have five this season. He had four shots on goal, one of which came from the slot but Jake Oettinger made the save. The puck luck hasn't been there for Hagel, but he's getting really close to breaking through.

10. The Blackhawks scored the first goal for only the fifth time in 13 games this season. They're now 4-0-1 when scoring first.

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