CHICAGO - Brandon Saad scored with 27 seconds left in the third period and the surging Chicago Blackhawks won their fifth straight game, 4-3 over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night.
Saad snapped a shot past Corey Price from the low edge of the right circle for the winner. Patrick Kane shot from the top of the slot and Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov couldn't handle the puck.
Chicago's Jonathan Toews scored a power-play goal early in the third to tie it at 3. Michal Rozsival and Ben Smith connected at even strength as the Blackhawks won for the eighth time in nine games.
Montreal's Brendan Gallagher scored and set up 40-year-old Sergei Gonchar's first goal in nearly a year. P.K. Subban added a power-play goal for the Canadiens, who have lost two straight and are 1-4-1 in their last six.