Blackhawks 4, Devils 3
Mar. 08, 1987
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Chicago defenseman Doug Wilson scored two goals, including the game-winner with 2:56 to play, and the Blackhawks defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-3 Saturday to extend their NHL unbeaten streak to eight games.
Wilson's game-winner came when he put his own rebound past Devils goalie Craig Billington. Denis Savard set up the goal, breaking into the New Jersey zone and firing a shot at Billington, who made the save. The rebound bounced out to Wilson, who got it past Billington on his second try.
Chicago began play two points behind second-place St. Louis and one ahead of fourth-place Minnesota in the Norris Division. The Blackhawks have won six and tied two in their last eight outings.
Trailing 3-1 in the second period, the Devils' Peter McNab scored a power- play goal at 14:14 by deflecting Bruce Driver's shot and Rich Chernomaz, recalled from Maine last month, tied the game with 8:42 left in the third period when he beat Chicago goalie Murray Bannerman with a 15-foot shot along the ice to the glove side.
Chicago took a 2-1 lead in the first period when Wilson and Wayne Presley scored 58 seconds apart after Claude Loiselle gave New Jersey its only lead with a short-handed goal at 7:45.
Wilson tied the game with a 15-foot shot and Presley made it 2-1 by firing a 10-foot shot past the Devils' goalie after skating around defenseman Craig Wolanin. It was the 27th goal of the season for Presley and the fifth straight game in which he has scored.
Defenseman Gary Nylund extended the lead to 3-1 at 4:06 of the second period when his shot from the blue line deflected into the net off Devils' defenseman Ken Daneyko.
Wilson said his first goal helped set up the second one, at least the strategy for it.
''The puck came out to me and I went for the five hole (between the goalie's legs) where I had scored before,'' said Wilson, who now has 14 goals this season. ''On the first goal, Savard made a perfect pass and I just had to find a hole.''
On the Blackhawks first goal, Savard skated around the Devils' net and found Wilson all alone with a perfect cross ice pass.
Bannerman stopped 29 shots for Chicago, including many from in close as the Devils capitalized on just one of five power-play opportunities.
''It was pretty even game,'' said Chicago Coach Bob Pulford. ''We were fortunate to come out with two points. Bannerman was the reason.''
The loss stretched the Devils' winless streak to five games (0-4-1) and left them 10 points out of a playoff spot with 15 games to play.
''We're in a situation where we've been playing well the past four games, but not well enough,'' said Billington. ''This is playoff hockey. We've got to have them. There is no two ways about it. Games in hand are of no use to us.''