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Florida Panthers Drop Heartbreaker in Overtime Against Chicago

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    • Patrick Kane scored 2:24 into overtime to lift the Blackhawks to their third straight win, 3-2 over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

    • Nick Bjugstad scored in the second for Florida, and Jamie McGinn put the Panthers in front with his fifth of the season.

    Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks found a way to eke out another victory despite another less-than-rousing performance.

    Kane scored 2:24 into overtime to lift the Blackhawks to their third straight win, 3-2 over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

    Kane gained a step on Florida's Mike Matheson, broke in on James Reimer and lifted a shot past the goalie on the stick side for his 11th goal. Kane streaked in after taking a pass from Artem Anisimov, who had stolen the puck from Matheson.

    "I just kind of took off when I saw (Anisimov) had the puck," Kane said "He made a nice play putting it on my tape. I just had to skate into it and pick a corner."

    Chicago closed out a perfect homestand against three of the worst teams in the NHL that included two overtime wins.

    Captain Jonathan Toews tied it at 2 with 6:02 left in the third period, breaking in alone and also beating Reimer on the stick side after a terrific pass from Brandon Saad. It was Toews' third goal in five games and No. 9 on the season.

    "It's nice to get some confidence and score goals late in games when we're down a goal or two or it's 0-0 or 1-1," Toews said. "We've got to really feed off that momentum.

    "It's only 30-some games into the season, but it's huge."

    Toews and Saad each had a goal and an assist, and linemate Alex DeBrincat added two assists.

    Corey Crawford had 35 stops for the Blackhawks, who had lost five in a row before their win streak.

    Nick Bjugstad scored in the second for Florida, and Jamie McGinn put the Panthers in front with his fifth of the season 3:53 into the third. Reimer made 25 saves.

    The Panthers salvaged a point after winning 2-1 in overtime in Detroit on Monday night.

    "I think it was a gutsy effort on our part," Florida coach Bob Boughner said. "We all played hard. We played 60 minutes.

    "You know back-to-back is never easy, especially against a team like this."

    The Blackhawks had the better chances in the first and broke through when Saad opened the scoring with 3:11 left in the period.

    Saad partially fanned on a one-timer at the edge of the crease after taking DeBrincat's nifty feed from behind the net, but the puck slid in past Reimer's outstretched left skate.

    Bjugstad tied it 11:12 into the second when he beat Crawford low on the stick side on a breakaway. Bjugstad got the puck behind Chicago's defense after Aleksander Barkov flipped it from inside the Panthers zone.

    Anisimov missed on a point-blank chance late in the second, and McGinn scored in the third after the Blackhawks lost control of the puck just inside their blue line.

    McGinn skated in for a 2-on-1 with Vincent Trochek, and then found himself alone on the left side of the crease after Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook fell down. He beat Crawford on the short side, lifting a shot between the goalie's right shoulder and the left post.

    "It was one of these games where we could have pulled out a win," Reimer said, "but a well-earned point and (we) feel good about our effort."