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Late goal by Toews helps Blackhawks edge Jets

Patrick Williams  - Correspondent | Monday, 03.30.2015 / 12:02 AM

WINNIPEG -- When the Chicago Blackhawks face setbacks at this time of year, they can always rely on their experience to guide them.

Jonathan Toews scored with 30.8 seconds left to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on Sunday.

After Patrick Sharp helped Chicago rally from a 3-2 early in the third period, Toews tipped Niklas Hjalmarsson's right-point shot past Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec.

The Blackhawks (45-24-6) reclaimed third place in the Central Division from the Minnesota Wild and ended a two-game losing streak. They have a one-point lead on Minnesota.

Winnipeg (39-25-12) holds the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference, two points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings. Minnesota holds the first wild card and is five points ahead of Winnipeg.

"I don't think anybody panicked or anyone lost their cool or anything," Toews said. "We've all been in situations like that before, whether it's the playoffs or the regular season. We were talking this morning that we can rely on some of our experience there, and I think we did that here.

"When you go down in the third period, for most teams it would cross your mind that maybe it's not meant to be and you're not going to win that game. But we stuck with it and it's nice for us to get a bounce the way we did. It's huge for us to get a bounce. In a lot of ways, that's a big win for us. Not only standings-wise, but for our confidence as a team."

Five of Winnipeg's final six games of the season will be against teams above the playoff line. A win Sunday would have moved the Jets within two points of Chicago; instead, the Jets find themselves trying to fend off Los Angeles and the Calgary Flames in a bid to retain the second wild card.

"It was a tough loss," said Jets coach Paul Maurice, whose team lost in regulation for the second time this season when leading after two periods (27-2-6).

Andrew Shaw's 13th goal with 1:30 left in the first period provided Chicago its first lead since a 3-1 win at the Carolina Hurricanes on March 23.

Two goals 3:06 apart early in the second period put Chicago behind 2-1. Dustin Byfuglien tied the game for the Jets 4:34 into the second period. Blake Wheeler followed with a shorthanded goal at 7:40.

Chicago center Brad Richards made it 2-2 with 3:41 remaining in the second period, but Byfuglien's second power-play goal of the game gave Winnipeg a 3-2 lead with 26 seconds left in the second.

The Blackhawks erased another deficit at 6:27 of the third period on Sharp's breakaway goal.

Byfuglien has three goals in his two games since returning from a nine-game absence because of an upper-body injury. Jets captain Andrew Ladd had two assists to set a new season high with 61 points, and Drew Stafford's second-period assist moved his point streak to nine games (four goals, seven assists), the longest active streak in the NHL.

Corey Crawford had 31 saves for Chicago. Pavelec made 20 saves.

The Blackhawks did not record their first shot until 9:41 of the first period. After the Jets controlled most of the period, the Blackhawks began to push.

Chicago's power play was 1-for-12 in its previous games, but it converted its first opportunity of the game with Byfuglien off for elbowing.

Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith's diving play to keep a puck inside the Winnipeg zone set up the first goal. Keith moved the puck to Brandon Saad, whose shot from the left side produced a rebound that Shaw swept past Pavelec.

Moments after the Blackhawks failed to finish a 2-on-0 shorthanded breakaway, Byfuglien's 17th goal tied the game. His snap shot from the slot bounced through traffic and dribbled past Crawford.

With defenseman Toby Enstrom penalized for tripping, the Jets' NHL-leading 10th shorthanded goal gave them their first lead of the game. Wheeler took a pass from defenseman Tyler Myers and beat Crawford for his team-leading 25th goal. Wheeler's four shorthanded goals lead Winnipeg, and he has nine goals in his past 13 games.

Richards scored his 12th goal when he tipped Johnny Oduya's left-point shot high over Pavelec.

Marian Hossa's hooking penalty set up Winnipeg's second power play. With seven seconds remaining on the minor penalty, Byfuglien's long shot from inside the blue line beat Crawford's left glove.

"Guys hung [in there]," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "The attitude going out there for the third period was, 'Hey, a lot of good things are here. Let's go 20 [minutes] and see what happens.' At the end of the day, when you look back at some of the big wins we've had, this is probably No. 1."

Winnipeg continues its four-game homestand against the New York Rangers on Tuesday. Despite the loss, the Jets are 12-3-2 in their past 17 home games.

"I was pretty happy with our game and the way we played," Ladd said. "I thought we did a lot of the things that we wanted to do. [We] had chances, and had the lead. I think we had pressure, and we did a lot of good things. It's tough obviously giving that one up late."

Minnesota had passed Chicago on Saturday and taken over third place in the Central Division. Sharp admitted that falling back into a wild-card position grabbed the players' attention.

"You look at the standings every day, especially this time of the year. I don't want to say you're comfortable or used to anything, but you see your name where it was [in the standings] for [most] of the season and all of a sudden it slides down. It should be a little bit of a wake-up call," Sharp said. "I think we responded well.

"At this point, we'll take the points however we can get them, but to steal both points and keep (Winnipeg) from getting any was really big for us."

The Blackhawks departed Winnipeg immediately afterward to return home for a game against Los Angeles on Monday.

"I think we can feed off our game tonight and bring more excitement, more energy tomorrow night because we know we're going to need it," Toews said.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
18:30CHI PPG - Andrew Shaw (14) ASST: Brandon Saad (26), Duncan Keith (35) 1 - 0 CHI
2nd Period
04:34WPG PPG - Dustin Byfuglien (17) ASST: NONE 1 - 1 Tie
07:40WPG SHG - Blake Wheeler (25) ASST: Tyler Myers (19), Andrew Ladd (36) 2 - 1 WPG
16:19CHI Brad Richards (12) ASST: Johnny Oduya (7), Antoine Vermette (25) 2 - 2 Tie
19:34WPG PPG - Dustin Byfuglien (18) ASST: Andrew Ladd (37), Drew Stafford (25) 3 - 2 WPG
3rd Period
06:27CHI Patrick Sharp (14) ASST: NONE 3 - 3 Tie
19:29CHI Jonathan Toews (25) ASST: Niklas Hjalmarsson (15), Marian Hossa (34) 4 - 3 CHI
Three Stars of the Game
Dustin Byfuglien
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: -1TOI: 22:09
Blake Wheeler
G: 1Shots: 7
A: 0Hits: 5
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 21:04
Duncan Keith
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 24:43
Penalty Summary
1st Period
17:41WPG Dustin Byfuglien  Elbowing against  Andrew Shaw
2nd Period
01:06WPG Mark Stuart  Closing hand on puck
03:29CHI Niklas Hjalmarsson  Elbowing against  Mark Scheifele
06:10WPG Toby Enstrom  Tripping against  Marian Hossa
17:40CHI Marian Hossa  Hooking against  Tyler Myers
3rd Period
04:03CHI Brad Richards  Hooking against  Lee Stempniak
16:15CHI Michal Rozsival  Tripping against  Jiri Tlusty
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/32/4
Faceoff Wins2432
Blocked Shots919
Penalty Minutes86
2D. KeithD0101024:43
4N. HjalmarssonD0113222:33
7B. SeabrookD0020019:05
10P. SharpL1011014:23
11A. DesjardinsL0000010:54
16M. KrugerC0000013:48
19J. ToewsC1014020:32
20B. SaadL01-10018:05
23K. VersteegL0001016:57
27J. OduyaD0122024:06
29B. BickellL0001011:08
32M. RozsivalD0000216:01
44K. TimonenD000109:15
65A. ShawR1002014:00
80A. VermetteC0120012:07
81M. HossaR0112218:31
86T. TeravainenC0002011:34
91B. RichardsC1014215:19
50C. Crawford3134.91260:00
2A. PardyD0001017:49
5M. StuartD00-21217:16
8J. TroubaD0002020:17
12D. StaffordR01-14018:48
15M. HalischukR000107:10
16A. LaddL0213018:28
17A. LowryL0002016:39
19J. SlaterC00-20012:42
20L. StempniakR00-21012:34
22C. ThorburnR00-1108:41
26B. WheelerR1007021:04
33D. ByfuglienD20-15222:09
39T. EnstromD00-10220:18
55M. ScheifeleC00-11019:58
57T. MyersD0102019:40
67M. FrolikR0002019:27
85M. PerreaultC000008:40
91J. TlustyC00-11013:34
31O. Pavelec2024.83359:57