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RECAP: Blackhawks Take Third Straight with 3-2 OT Win Over Montreal

Kubalik, Kane snap goal droughts; Kurashev finds first game-winner of the year in OT

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

The Blackhawks are rolling, winners of three straight after a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night at the United Center.

Dominik Kubalik (6) and Patrick Kane (13) each snapped multi-game goal droughts in regulation for the Blackhawks and Philipp Kurashev netted the game winner in overtime -- a play that was reviewed twice for different elements of the play -- as Chicago pulled out a third consecutive victory over the last five days. Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 stops in his fifth straight start. 

BLACKHAWK OF THE GAME: Kurashev netted his first game-winner of the season in overtime and had several scoring chances throughout the night, including three shots on goal. 

STAT OF THE NIGHT: Kane logged team highs with 22:31 of ice time and four shots on goal in regulation, plus a couple shots that hit iron to his name.

UP NEXT: The Blackhawks face the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night at the United Center (TICKETS).


GAME RECAP


CHI: 1, MTL: 0
1st - 7:42 - Dominik Kubalik (Jonathan Toews, Riley Stillman)

Chicago opened up the scoring in quick transition as Riley Stillman broke up a Canadiens rush at the Blackhawks blue line and kicked the puck to Jonathan Toews back in support. The captain quickly turned and found Dominik Kubalik turning back up the ice between the Montreal defense, springing the winger on a breakaway from the blue line in. Kubalik tucked a shot under the glove of Sam Montembeault for a 1-0 lead.

Video: MTL@CHI: Kubalik opens scoring for Blackhawks


CHI: 1, MTL: 1
2nd - 12:41 - Jeff Petry (Alexander Romanov, Ryan Poehling)

The Canadiens capitalized on a second-period surge just past the game's midpoint off a faceoff win to Marc-Andre Fleury's right. Ryan Poehling won the duel cleanly back to the point for Alexander Romanov, whose shot intentionally missed the net and ricocheted off the end boards to Jeff Petry at the bottom of the far-side circle. Petry's quick shot on goal beat a diving Fleury for a 1-1 score.


CHI: 1, MTL: 2
2nd - 18:16 - Mike Hoffman (Cole Caufield, Ben Chiarot) -- PP

Montreal took the lead late in the period on the power play. Cole Caufield attempted a shot from the high slot that was blocked in front, but the second-year forward was able to collect his own rebound and dish a pass to Mike Hoffman at the side of the net. Hoffman put a one-timer into the open cage behind the play for a 2-1 lead.


CHI: 2, MTL: 2
3rd - 2:21 - Patrick Kane (Erik Gustafsson, Alex DeBrincat) -- PP

Patrick Kane pulled the Blackhawks even again with his first goal since Dec. 4, snapping a 13-game goal drought. Set up along the half wall on the power play, Kane looked like he was going to feed Jonathan Toews in the slot with a pass, but snuck a quick shot short side on Sam Montembeault for a 2-2 scoreline.

Video: MTL@CHI: Kane ties game in 3rd


CHI: 3, MTL: 2
OT - 2:24 - Philipp Kurashev (Brandon Hagel, Erik Gustafsson)

The Blackhawks found the game-winner in overtime as Philipp Kurashev put the difference-maker across the goal line off a partial breakaway. The play was reviewed not once, but twice -- first that the puck crossed the line before the net fully came off its moorings and then upon confirmation of that, that Kurashev was not offside entering the zone before the goal was scored. Both reviews came up on the side of the home team and the game was called for the Blackhawks, 3-2. 

Video: MTL@CHI: Kurashev scores OT winner

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