Brandon Saad plays 'dangerous' game in win over Oilers

Brandon Saad plays 'dangerous' game in win over Oilers
November 10, 2013, 10:45 pm
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Nina Falcone

Brandon Saad was confident it was only a matter of time before his record showed a better indication of his performance.

After failing to record a point throughout the Blackhawks' last five games, Saad kicked things off in the first period of Sunday's matchup against the Oilers by flying toward Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk to score the first goal of the night. 

It was Saad's first goal in six games, and it got the Blackhawks going as they went on to record a 5-4 victory inside the United Center.

"It always feels good to get some goals and some points," Saad said after the win. "I've been pretty happy with my play but it was only a matter or time before I got a couple."

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His night didn't stop there.

After trailing the Oilers in the second period, the Blackhawks' offensive production gained some traction as Saad picked up an assist off a terrific pass to Andrew Shaw to tie the game heading into the second intermission.

"I heard Shawzy there yelling in the middle and kinda threw it there, and he ended up getting the goal," Saad said of the play. "It was a good talk on his part, good chemistry and it was a nice goal."

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Bryan Bickell followed up by recording the Blackhawks' third goal of the evening, but it was that play between Saad and Shaw that he continued to praise after the game.

"(Saad's) hand-eye coordination on that one, rocks it over Kaner's head to bat that in and somehow find Shawzy with the eyes in the back of his head in the back door," Bickell said. "It was a great play."

Saad was happy with his play in recent games. He knew the points would come.

So did his coach.

"I though he trended with a good game last night (against the Dallas Stars)," Joel Quenneville said. "I thought today he was dangerous as well. I thought he had the puck a lot in the offensive zone and was dangerous off those turnovers in the neutral zone as well.

"Always good to finish and it was a great first goal, it was almost out of there air where he batted it. He's got some nice plays and nice play recognition. It was nice to see the finish."