Kane goal helps Black­hawks hand Cana­di­ens se­cond loss

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Patrick Kane scored a spec­tac­u­lar tiebreak­ing goal in the se­cond pe­riod and the Chicago Black­hawks beat Montreal 3-2 on Sun­day night, hand­ing the league-lead­ing Cana­di­ens just their se­cond reg­u­la­tion loss of the sea­son. Mar­ian Hossa added his team-lead­ing ninth and rookie Gus­tav Forsling scored his first in the NHL as Chicago im­proved to 9-0-2 in its last 11 and ended Montreal’s four-game win­ning streak. Shea We­ber and An­drei Markov scored for the Cana­di­ens in a matchup of con­fer­ence lead­ers. Both goalies faced teams from their home­towns. Cana­di­ens backup Al Mon­toya, a Chicago na­tive, made 32 saves. Chicago’s Corey Craw­ford, from Montreal, stopped 21 shots. Kane put Chicago ahead 3-2 with 3:37 left in the se­cond pe­riod to cap a ter­rific in­di­vid­ual ef­fort. Kane skated down the slot, fooled Jeff Petry with a move and chipped a shot past Mon­toya - while fall­ing to the ice with Max Pa­cioretty check­ing him closely from be­hind.


Michael Grab­ner scored twice, Antti Raanta stopped 38 shots and New York beat Ed­mon­ton. Dan Gi­rardi also scored to help the Rangers win for the sev­enth time in eight games - in­clud­ing two vic­to­ries against the Oil­ers. Grab­ner now has 10 goals in 16 games this sea­son, top­ping the nine he had in 80 games with Toronto last year. An­drej Sek­era scored for Ed­mon­ton and Cam Tal­bot fin­ished with 24 saves. The Oil­ers have lost three straight to fall to 2-5-1 since start­ing the sea­son 7-1-0.


Troy Stecher tied it with 1:40 left in the third pe­riod and Markus Gran­lund scored in over­time, help­ing Van­cou­ver rally to beat Dal­las. Dal­las held leads of 31 and 4-3, but Van­cou­ver got goals from Louis Eriks­son, Bran­don Sut­ter, Bo Hor­vat and Stecher to force over­time. The Canucks were com­ing off a 1-5 road trip and have two wins in their last 12 games. Ryan Miller made 17 saves for Van­cou­ver. Patrick Eaves scored twice and Lauri Kor­pikoski and An­toine Rous­sel also scored for the Stars, who wrapped up a five-game road trip 2-1-2. Kari Le­hto­nen stopped 25 shots for Dal­las, which had won 10 straight against the Canucks. Gran­lund scored 1:27 into over­time by find­ing a loose puck off a face­off and snap­ping it past Le­hto­nen.


Mark Scheifele scored the de­cid­ing goal in a shootout to give Win­nipeg a vic­tory over Los Angeles. Pa­trik Laine also beat Peter Bu­daj in the shootout, and Dwight King scored against the Jets’ Con­nor Helle­buyck. The Jets are 3-0-1 in their last four games and 8-7-2 over­all. The Kings have lost three straight to drop to 7-8-1. Kings for­ward Kyle Clifford was called for a board­ing ma­jor in the first pe­riod for a hit that sent Jets for­ward Kyle Con­nor into the boards head-first. Adam Lowry and Marko Dano took ad­van­tage with power-play goals. Con­nor left for the dress­ing room, but re­turned for the se­cond pe­riod. Tan­ner Pearson scored in the first pe­riod for Los Angeles, and de­fense­man Tom Gil­bert tied it mid­way through the third.


Matt Dumba scored late in over­time and Darcy Kuem­per stopped 35 shots, help­ing Min­nesota beat Ottawa. Ryan Suter scored a short-handed goal for the Wild, and Kuem­per was nearly per­fect in his third start of the sea­son. Craig An­der­son made 40 saves and was again solid for the Sen­a­tors, who got a goal from Kyle Tur­ris 5:06 into the third pe­riod. The Wild were play­ing their third game in four nights to con­clude a fourgame trip, but they con­trolled much of the ac­tion with Ottawa look­ing dis­or­ga­nized for most of the night.


Tuukka Rask stopped 21 shots and David Kre­jci scored in the first pe­riod, lift­ing Bos­ton over Colorado. Rask showed no signs of fa­tigue de­spite be­ing in net for a se­cond straight night. He made 31 saves in a 2-1 win over Ari­zona on Satur­day. Rask got his 33rd ca­reer shutout and moved to 7-0 on the road this sea­son. Kre­jci scored his se­cond goal of the sea­son on a wrist shot mid­way through the first pe­riod. The Avalanche pulled Se­myon Var­lamov with about a minute re­main­ing but couldn’t gen­er­ate much of­fense. Do­minic Moore sealed it with an empty-net goal with 27.2 sec­onds re­main­ing. Var­lamov was the hard­luck loser, stop­ping a sea­son-high 43 shots. —AP

CHICAGO: Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Black­hawks is shoved to the ice by Max Pa­cioretty #67 of the Montreal Cana­di­ens as he shoots and scores a se­cond pe­riod goal at the United Cen­ter on Sun­day in Chicago, Illi­nois. — AFP

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