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David Bolland scores OT winner as Chicago beats the Maple Leafs 5-4 @NHL

TORONTO - David Bolland spoiled the party on Wendel Clark Night.

The Chicago Blackhawks forward scored 49 seconds into overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on the night Clark's No. 17 went to the rafters at Air Canada Centre.

Bolland was standing in front of the Leafs goal and handled a nice pass from Duncan Keith before sliding the puck around Vesa Toskala to complete a three-goal comeback for Chicago.

Patrick Sharp, with two, Patrick Kane and Ben Eager also scored for the Blackhawks (10-4-5).

Pavel Kubina, Matt Stajan, Dominic Moore, Alexei Ponikarovsky replied for Toronto (7-8-5).

The night was filled with tributes to Clark. The Toronto players wore patches with his number on their jerseys and many among the sellout crowd of 19,474 sported stick-on handlebar moustaches that were handed out at the stadium.

The Maple Leafs emerged from the first period with a 1-0 lead thanks to a late push. Kubina opened the scoring at 17:37 with a knuckleball shot that sailed high over Nikolai Khabibulin.

Stajan had a chance to extend that advantage on a penalty shot after getting hauled down with 8.7 seconds left in the period, but the Chicago goalie got his pad on the backhand deke attempt.

Revenge was soon to come. Stajan scored his sixth goal of the season at 3:23 of the second after taking a nice touch pass while skating through the offensive zone and backhanding the puck behind Khabibulin.

It looked like the romp might be on when Moore's nifty backhander made it 3-0 Toronto, but Sharp responded with a pair of goals just 2:20 apart. He tipped Keith's point shot behind Toskala at 13:43 and pumped his fist wildly after beating the Leafs goalie with a hard wrister at 16:03.

However, Ponikarovsky restored the two-goal advantage before the end of the period when his weak shot found a way through Khabibulin. It was just the sixth time in 20 games this season Toronto had a lead heading into the final period.

The advantage didn't last long. Kane scored 58 seconds into the third before Eager swooped in and tied it with a goal from in-close at 12:27.

Notes: The Maple Leafs failed to score on a 5-on-3 power play that lasted 55 seconds during the second period. They're now 0-for-15 on the season with a two-man advantage ... John Mitchell was back in the Leafs lineup after missing five games with a shoulder injury. He had an assist ... Chicago scratched Brent Sopel and Dustin Byfuglien ... Both teams finished 1-for-3 on the power play ... It's been 17 games since Toronto was last outshot.

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