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RECAP: Blackhawks Top Canadiens, 4-1

Full coverage from Chicago's 4-1 win over Montreal

by Monterey Pepper /

A shorthanded goal by Zack Smith opened up the scoring to jumpstart the Blackhawks 4-1 victory over the Canadiens Wednesday night. 

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Zach Smith netted two goals in the first period with one coming during a penalty kill. 

STAT OF THE NIGHT: With an assist on Alex DeBrincat's goal, Patrick Kane is two points away from 1,000.

UP NEXT: The Blackhawks head to Toronto for a 6:00 p.m. game on the last stop of their three-game road trip


Zack Smith opened up the scoring for the Blackhawks at 5:42 of the first period during a penaly kill. Charlie Lindgren left the crease to play the puck behind the net and Drake Caggiula grabbed the puck and passed it out into the slot to Smith who buried it shorthanded to make it 1-0. 

Video: CHI@MTL: Smith buries Caggiula's feed for SHG

Smith netted his second of the night at 8:32 after redirecting a shot from Slater Koekkoek going top shelf to give the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead in the first.

Video: CHI@MTL: Smith tips in second goal of the 1st period

Montreal got on the board 54 seconds into the second period. Ilya Kovalchuk sent a backhanded pass near the boards to Phillip Danault who buried it to cut Chicago's lead in half at 2-1. 

The Blackhawks padded their lead with a power-play goal at 11:27 of the second period when Kane set up DeBrincat for a one-timer from the slot to make the score 3-1. 

Video: CHI@MTL: DeBrincat scorches PPG on one-timer

Drake Caggiula made it 4-1 at 11:40 of the third period when he stole the puck in the neutral zone, walked in and ripped a shot off the post and in to extend Chicago's lead. 

 Video: CHI@MTL: Caggiula steals puck, wires home wrister

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