Chicago Blackhawks

Forsling’s goal in OT lifts Hawks

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Gustav Forsling, (42) celebrates with teammates after Forsling scored against the Buffalo Sabres during overtime in an NHL hockey game Friday Dec. 8, 2017, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Gustav Forsling, (42) celebrates with teammates after Forsling scored against the Buffalo Sabres during overtime in an NHL hockey game Friday Dec. 8, 2017, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

CHICAGO – Gustav Forsling scored on a screened shot from the blue line with 4.9 seconds left on the clock in overtime, and the Blackhawks rallied to beat the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, on Friday night to snap a five-game losing streak.

Forsling, who had two assists in regulation, fired a low drive between Robin Lehner’s pads with Buffalo defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen blocking the goalie’s view.

Sabres star Jack Eichel failed to score on a penalty shot at 1:31 of overtime when Corey Crawford dropped and made a stick save. The attempt was awarded after Forsling held and hooked Eichel from behind as he broke in.

The Hawks’ Tommy Wingels scored a short-handed goal with 3:22 left in the third period to tie the game at 2. Hawks rookie Alex DeBrincat scored his 12th goal in the second period.

Jason Pominville and Kyle Okposo scored in regulation for the Sabres, who got 48 saves from Lehner.

Crawford blocked 26 shots in his return after missing three games with a lower-body injury.

Pominville’s power-play goal late in the first ended Buffalo’s string of 30 straight failed chances with the man advantage.

Okposo had just one goal in his previous 12 games, an empty-netter versus Edmonton on Nov. 24.

Pominville opened the scoring with 18 seconds left in the first on a nifty tip-in, giving Buffalo its first power-play goal since Nov. 14 at Pittsburgh. He cruised into the slot and used a backhand deflection of Eichel’s pinpoint feed from the right wing to send the puck over Crawford’s right shoulder.

DeBrincat’s power-play goal, at 8:30 of the second and on the Hawks’ 20th shot of the game, tied it at 1. He beat Lehner from the left circle with a quick shot and Brandon Saad screening at the edge of the crease.

It was only the Hawks’ second power-play goal in their past 23 chances.

Okposo put the Sabres back in front, 2-1, only 2:30 later on a quick shot from between the circles. Alone in the slot, Okposo took Scott Wilson’s feed and fired over Crawford’s left shoulder as Forsling blocked the goalie’s view.

Moving through the slot, Wingels knotted it at 2 late in the third on the Hawks’ 40th shot of the game when he tipped Forsling’s shot from the left point.

The Hawks outshot Buffalo, 17-7, in the third. With Lehner down, Patrick Sharp hit the post on a shot from a goalmouth scrum with 22 seconds left in regulation.

Notes: To make room for Crawford, the Hawks sent goaltender Jean-Francois Berube to Rockford of the AHL. ... The Hawks recalled center Vinnie Hinostroza from Rockford and assigned center Tanner Kero to Rockford. The 23-year-old Hinostroza led the IceHogs with 22 points in 23 games. On Friday night, he centered a line with Sharp and veteran wing Richard Panik. ... Hawks right wing Ryan Hartman, who doesn’t have a goal in 15 games, was a healthy scratch for the second time this season. ... Buffalo center Zemgus Girgensons and defensemen Josh Gorges and Nathan Beaulieu were scratched for the second straight game.

UP NEXT

Sabres: At the St. Louis Blues on Sunday in the finale of a four-game trip.

Hawks: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday.

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