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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Hawks 3, Canadiens 2 (OT)

By Scott Powers



CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-2 overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens at the United Center on Wednesday:

How it happened: Marian Hossa provided the late heroics for the Blackhawks as he scored with 47.7 seconds left in the third period to tie the score at 2-2. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford had been pulled off the ice to give them six skaters. Patrick Sharp scored the winner in the first minute of overtime. After being scoreless after two periods, both teams got going in the third period. Canadiens forward Dale Weise scored the game's first goal at 7:31. Blackhawks forward Jeremy Morin tied it at 10:34. He has three goals and two assists in the last four games. Twenty-two seconds later, the Canadiens went back ahead with a goal by Francis Bouillon. Canadiens goaltender Peter Budaj stopped 25-of-28 shots. Crawford had 28 saves. The Blackhawks were 0-for-2 on the power play.

What it means: The Blackhawks, who are on four-game winning streak, kept their hopes of gaining home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They can still surpass the Colorado Avalanche, who have 109 points with three games left. The Blackhawks are 46-19-15 with 107 points with two games left. Wednesday marked their first overtime win of the season.

Player of the game: Hossa was clutch again. He had a goal and an assist.

Stat of the game: Only two penalties were called in the game. Both were against the Canadiens.

What's next: The Blackhawks close out the regular season on the road. They play the Washington Capitals on Friday and Nashville Predators on Saturday.