Blackhawks late winner sinks Canadiens
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s Brandon Saad scored with 27 seconds left to give the surging Blackhawks a 4-3 win over Montreal on Friday and their fifth straight victory.
While Chicago moved within a point of Central Division leader Nashville, other results saw Anaheim re-establish its sole leadership of the Western Conference by edging Minnesota, and a Bryan Little hat trick led Winnipeg past Colorado.
Chicago’s late winner came when Saad snapped a shot past Corey Price from the low edge of the right circle.
Earlier, Jonathan Toews scored a power-play goal early in the third to tie it 3-3. Michal Rozsival and Ben Smith also scored for the Blackhawks.
Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher scored and set up 40-year-old Sergei Gonchar’s first goal in nearly a year. P.K. Subban added a power-play goal for the Canadiens.
Anaheim’s Matt Beleskey scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the Ducks held on to beat Minnesota 5-4.
Ryan Kesler had two goals, and Jakob Silfverberg and Tim Jackman also scored for the Ducks, who led 3-0, fell behind 4-3 and then came again to snatch the victory.
Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise, Jonas Brodin and Justin Fontaine scored for the Wild.
Winnipeg’s Bryan Little recorded the first hat trick for the Jets in four years as the hosts defeated Colorado 6-2.