The Blackhawks fell 4-3 in overtime to the Maple Leafs Monday night at the Air Canada Centre. Jan Rutta and Richard Panik each had one goal and one assist. Jonathan Toews added his second goal of the season. The Chicago penalty kill went 5-for-6 (83.3 percent). The season percentage now stands at 80 percent. Anton Forsberg made 39 saves on 43 shots in his Blackhawks debut.
Chicago holds a 157-299-103-4 mark all-time against Toronto, including a 57-174-48-4 record on the road. The Blackhawks won both games vs. the Canadiens a season ago. Patrick Kane paced the team with four points (2G, 2A) in two meetings against Montreal last season. Kane (5G, 7A) and Toews (7G, 5A) share the most career points against the Canadiens. Crawford has a 7-0-2 career mark against Montreal.
Through the first three games of the season, there are five Blackhawks who have points in each outing: Gustav Forsling (3A), Toews (2G, 2A), Ryan Hartman (1G, 6A), Panik (3G, 2A), Brandon Saad (4G, 2A) and Rutta (2G, 1A). Forsling's three-game streak ties a career high set last season with Chicago.
Saad has recorded four points and two assists through three games this season. He recorded an assist Monday night against Toronto for his sixth point of the year. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native now shares the team lead in points with Kane and Hartman. The twotime Stanley Cup champion has reached the 50-point plateau in each of the last three seasons with Columbus and Chicago.
John Hayden and Tommy Wingels each had one assist and shared the team lead with three hits ... Duncan Keith tallied three shots on goal and led the team with 28:11 of ice time ... Tanner Kero led Blackhawks skaters with 4:01 of shorthanded ice time.
3 OPPONENTS TO WATCH
D Shea Weber: Weber led the Canadiens in ice time during the 2016- 17 season. His 25:03 TOI per game was 10th among all NHL skaters last season. Weber has averaged at least 25 minutes per game in every season since 2010-11.
LW Max Pacioretty: Pacioretty paced the Canadiens in goals (35) and points (67) a season ago. His 67 points tied a career high set in the 2014-15 season. Pacioretty has led Montreal in points in each of the last six seasons, and held at least a share of the team lead in goals for the past five seasons.
G Carey Price: The 30-year-old netminder's 2.23 goals-against average tied for sixth among NHL goaltenders a season ago, while his .923 save percentage tied for seventh. Price's 512 career games played are third in Canadiens history for goaltenders, 44 games behind the all-time leader, Jacques Plante.