NHL on NBCSN: ‘Hawks, Pens meet again after Tuesday’s OT thriller


Last night’s Pittsburgh-Chicago game — a 3-2 win for the Blackhawks in OT — was a pretty exciting affair.

So why not do it again?

Well, that’s exactly what NBCSN’s got tonight, as the two teams will flip locations (the United Center) but look to carry over the back-and-forth action that made Tuesday night’s game so compelling.

REMINDER: You can catch the game on TV, or online using NBC Sports’s Live Extra.

Chicago’s Artemi Panarin was the hero yesterday, with his second goal of the game coming at the 3:47 mark in OT. It put the Russian rookie at 13 goals on the season and kept him firmly in the conversation for this year’s Calder Trophy.

It also won him further accolades from his head coach.

“He’s been great for our team, with what he brings with his energy, as well as skill,” Joel Quenneville said, per NHL.com. “That line has been so effective for us, and him and [Patrick Kane] are together and share the puck at the appropriate moments.”

While Pittsburgh failed to extend its winning streak to three games last night, it did send the game past regulation — and that’s important. The Pens have now garnered at least a single point in six of their last seven games, points they’ll need in order to claw back into playoff position.

Pittsburgh heads into tonight’s action sitting one point back of Boston for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. The club will undoubtedly look to captain Sidney Crosby to continue his solid play of late — with a goal last night, Crosby now has five in four games, his first four-game goal streak since 2010.