The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Nashville Predators 2-1 in overtime in Derek King’s debut as coach Sunday at the United Center.
Alex DeBrincat scored 37 seconds into the extra frame off a backhand pass from Patrick Kane on a 2-on-1 to give the Blackhawks (2-9-2) their second win of the season.
King replaced Jeremy Colliton as coach Saturday. The Blackhawks fired Colliton following an 87-92-96 record in his four seasons as Chicago coach. King serves as the interim coach after being elevated from his position as head coach of the Rockford IceHogs, Chicago’s AHL affiliate.
Brandon Hagel scored, and Kevin Lankinen made 20 saves and had an assist on DeBrincat’s game-winner.
Hagel made it 1-0 at 7:15 into the second period, scoring off a rebound at the right side of the net after Seth Jones’ shot caromed off the end boards.
But Hagel left the game at 9:46 of the third period with an upper-body injury following an awkward fall in the Nashville zone. King did not have an update on Hagel’s status after the game.
Alexandre Carrier scored the Predators’ lone goal at 9:05 of the second period with a backhand shot along the goal line.
Kane’s assist on DeBrincat’s goal was his 1,100th NHL point. Kane is the third Blackhawks player to reach the milestone, joining Stan Mikita (1,467) and Bobby Hull (1,153).
Blackhawks forward MacKenzie Entwistle also left the game with 9:10 remaining in the third period with an undisclosed injury. King also did not have an update on Entwistle’s status.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Blackhawks continue their three-game homestand with a matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night. Marc-Andre Fleury, who won three Stanley Cup championships with the Penguins, will likely start in net against his former team. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 PM CST and the game will air on NBC Sports Chicago.
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