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Blackhawks end Canadiens' win streak

Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane score in second period to deny Montreal of fifth straight victory

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane was determined to give the Chicago Blackhawks a lead in the second period against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.

The goal he scored at 16:23 while being tripped did even more for the Blackhawks, who made it stand up as the game-winning goal in a 3-2 victory at United Center.

Less than five minutes after right wing Marian Hossa tied it 2-2, Kane gave the Blackhawks (11-3-2) the lead with speed and skill. After getting the puck from center Jonathan Toews, he dipped around Montreal defenseman Jeff Petry, charged to the net and beat goalie Al Montoya to the far side while being sent to the ice by Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty.

 

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"I tried to make a play and go around the defenseman," Kane said. "Kind of got tripped up, and at that point you're just kind of throwing it at the net and hoping something happens and I got lucky there. It was nice to see it go in."

It wasn't nearly as enjoyable for the Canadiens (13-2-1), whose four-game winning streak ended, but even they admired the skill.

"He's a world-class player," said coach Michel Therrien, who coached his 500th game with the Canadiens. "It was a spectacular play."

It capped Chicago's answer to goals scored by Canadiens defensemen Shea Weber and Andrei Markov early in the second to give Montreal a 2-1 lead. Weber scored a power-play goal 59 seconds into the period and Markov scored at 2:40.

Video: MTL@CHI: Hossa sweeps rebound past Montoya in 2nd

Hossa started the comeback with his ninth goal of the season to make it 2-2 at 11:29 of the second, which extended his goal streak to four games. Kane scored less than five minutes later to give Chicago a 3-2 lead.

Montoya and Crawford dominated the third. Each goalie made big saves to prevent the score from changing. Crawford made 11 of his 23 saves and Montoya made 13 of his 32 saves.

Crawford came up with one of his biggest saves late in the period, stopping forward Alex Galchenyuk from close range with 19.6 seconds left and Montoya on the bench.

The Blackhawks have earned points in 11 straight games (9-0-2) and have won six straight against the Canadiens.

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Goal of the game

Kane's goal with 3:37 left in the second was one to remember. After having a shot near the net blocked by Markov, he got the puck back from Toews and did the rest himself. "That had the 'wow' factor all over it," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "Off that original play and then all of a sudden he makes a play with a guy draped all over him, and makes a great shot falling to the ice. It was a spectacular goal by a great player and fun to watch."

Video: MTL@CHI: Kane dekes defender, scores outstanding goal

 

Save of the game

Montoya made several big saves in the third, but his stop on rookie Ryan Hartman's breakaway topped the list. Montoya, who'd allowed 10 goals in his previous start, used his glove to knock down Hartman's wrist shot.

Video: MTL@CHI: Montoya denies Hartman's partial breakaway

 

Unsung moment of the game

Blackhawks rookie Vincent Hinostroza, who was promoted to the top line, gave Kane a feed off a rush in the second that nearly lead to a goal. Markov blocked Kane's shot, but he scored his highlight goal moments later.

 

Highlight of the game

After former Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw got to a loose puck in the low slot, he wheeled and shot the puck along the ice. Crawford sprawled and just got his left skate on it at 13:01 of the third period.

Video: MTL@CHI: Crawford stretches for incredible pad save

 

They said it

"[I have] a lot of good memories here. I made a lot of friends. I made this place my home and it's obviously tough to leave. But with every new opportunity comes new success." -- Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw

 

"There's not many guys that can make that play. He's one of two and [Pavel Datsyuk] is already gone, so heck of a goal." -- Canadiens goalie Al Montoya on Patrick Kane

 

"I don't feel like (I'm) 37 … going on 38." -- Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa, who has eight goals in the past nine games

 

Video: MTL@CHI: Weber scores PPG off a defender's stick

 

Need to know

Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov returned after missing the Blackhawks' 3-2 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals on Friday. … Chicago's string of 11 straight games with a point tops the Canadiens' 10-game streak (Oct. 13-Nov. 2) for the longest in the NHL this season. … Montreal has hasn't won in Chicago since Feb. 27, 2002. … Shaw played his first game at United Center since being traded by the Blackhawks to the Canadiens on June 24. He had no points, but Crawford stopped him on three good scoring chances. … Pacioretty was struck in the mouth by the puck late in the second period, but returned in the third.

 

What's next

Canadiens: Host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; SNE, RDS, FS-F, NHL.TV)

Blackhawks: At the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, CSN-CH, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Crawford, Blackhawks defeat the Canadiens, 3-2

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