Blackhawks lose to Canucks in OT but gain in wild-card race

Bo Horvat ended the Chicago Blackhawks’ five-game winning streak by scoring 16 seconds into overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory at United Center on Monday.

Patrick Kane had two assists, including his 100th point on the season, and Corey Crawford made 31 saves for Chicago (32-30-10), which trails the Arizona Coyotes by four points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. The Coyotes, who have played one more game than the Blackhawks, lost 4-1 at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.

“We had a chance to jump on them, try to wear them down early and take control of the game, and [instead we] just let them hang around,” Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. “We didn’t have the speed and pace we needed early on. Obviously, it’s nice to get that point, but tough finish.”

 

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Alexander Edler had a goal and an assist, Markus Granlund scored, and Thatcher Demko made 29 saves for Vancouver (31-32-10), which won its second game in as many days (3-2 shootout victory at the Dallas Stars on Sunday) and is 3-0-1 in its past four games to move within six points of Arizona.

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Horvat won it for the Canucks when he took a pass from Edler and beat Crawford five-hole for his 25th goal of the season.

“A little give-and-go there with [Edler],” Horvat said. “[Edler] made a good play to get it back to me. I just wanted to whack at it. I wasn’t even sure it was in until I went past the goalie and saw it in and threw my arms in the air. It was pretty awesome.”

Erik Gustafsson tied it 2-2 with 3:13 remaining in the third period for Chicago with a one-timer from the right point. The goal was scored 16 seconds after Crawford saved Brock Boeser‘s wrist shot to keep it a one-goal game.

“He was incredible today,” Gustafsson said of Crawford. “If he’s not playing like that, it’s probably 5-1. At least we got one point.”

Toews gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead at 19:25 of the first period when he redirected Kane’s feed from above the right circle on the power play.

Edler scored 53 seconds into the second period on the power play to tie it 1-1. Horvat won an offensive zone face-off against Toews back to Edler, who quickly sent a shot through traffic that redirected in off the stick of Blackhawks defenseman Slater Koekkoek.

Granlund gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead at 6:22 of the second on a rebound after Crawford saved Boeser’s initial shot from the slot. With an assist on the goal, forward Elias Pettersson set Vancouver’s record for points by a rookie with 61 (27 goals, 34 assists), passing Ivan Hlinka and Pavel Bure.

“It’s a lot to take in,” Pettersson said. “It means a lot to me. I’m very proud of it, but I’m just focusing on next game. Of course, I’m very happy with the record.”

The Canucks outshot the Blackhawks 11-4 in the second period.

“I think overall, the first 40 minutes for sure wasn’t good enough,” Toews said. “Especially in our building, against a team that’s on a back-to-back, we needed to take advantage and needed to have more speed and energy through four lines. I don’t think anyone really brought their A-game today.”

Video: EA Sports Overtime Winner: Horvat wins it for Canucks

 

They said it

“That was a best-case scenario for an overtime, especially [since] they tied it late. I just want to get out of there. Edler and [Horvat] made a great play and a had a great finish. The quicker, the better.” — Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko

“I don’t think it was overconfidence, we just didn’t have it. Some nights, you just don’t have it. The challenge is to try and get over that, get yourself going somehow, some line step forward, give us some shifts, get us some momentum. I thought we were fortunate to be ahead after one, and the second is typically a period we could use the momentum and tilt the game, and we just didn’t do it, obviously. It wasn’t what we wanted, but we got a point. Now we just have to be better.” — Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton

 

Need to know

Horvat’s goal was the second fastest in a regular-season overtime game in Canucks history. Dixon Ward scored 15 seconds in on Nov. 29, 1993, also against the Blackhawks. … Pettersson was Vancouver’s first-round pick (No. 5) at the 2017 NHL Draft, which was held at United Center. … Kane is the third player in Blackhawks history to have multiple 100-point seasons, joining Denis Savard (five times) and Jeremy Roenick (three times). … Blackhawks forward Brendan Perlini‘s three-game goal streak ended. … Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith reached 30 assists for the 10th time in his NHL career.

 

What’s next

Canucks: Host the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; SNP, TSN5, RDS, NHL.TV)

Blackhawks: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; WGN, NBCSP, NHL.TV)

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