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Blackhawks salvage point, lose to Canucks on quick OT goal

Horvat scores in overtime as Canucks beat Blackhawks 3-2

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford makes a save in the third period against the Canucks on Monday at the United Center. The Hawks lost, 3-2, in overtime.
Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford makes a save in the third period against the Canucks on Monday at the United Center. The Hawks lost, 3-2, in overtime.

CHICAGO – All it took was 16 extra seconds and one fancy passing sequence with Bo Horvat and Alexander Edler.

Vancouver is headed home with a little momentum after a pair of solid performances on the road.

Horvat scored 16 seconds into overtime, and the Canucks stopped the Hawks’ five-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory Monday night.

“That was a [heck] of an effort by our whole group tonight,” coach Travis Green said.

Horvat and Edler each had a goal and an assist for Vancouver, which was coming off a 3-2 shootout victory in Dallas on Sunday. Markus Granlund also scored, and Thatcher Demko made 29 saves in his third career win.

The Canucks (31-32-10) remain on the fringe of the playoff race in the jumbled bottom of the Western Conference, pulling within six points of Arizona for the second wild card.

Jonathan Toews and Erik Gustafsson scored for the Hawks (32-30-10), and Corey Crawford made 31 stops. The Hawks pulled within four points of the Coyotes, who lost, 4-1, to the Lightning.

“I don’t think anyone brought their ‘A’ game today,” Toews said. “We need to win every game. We needed to win tonight, and we need to win the next one.”

The Hawks trailed, 2-1, before Gustafsson’s long slap shot went off Edler in front and past Demko with 3:13 left in regulation.

But Horvat stepped up in overtime, finishing a give-and-go with Edler for his 25th of the season.

The Hawks jumped in front with their first power-play goal since Feb. 27 against Anaheim, stopping a seven-game drought. Toews redirected Patrick Kane’s pass through the legs of Demko for his 31st goal with 35 seconds left in the first period.

It was Kane’s 59th assist and 100th point on the season. The All-Star winger became the third player in franchise history with multiple 100-point seasons, joining Denis Savard and Jeremy Roenick.

The Canucks responded with two in the second. Edler tied it at 1 when he drove a power-play slap shot by a screened Crawford 53 seconds into the period, and Granlund swept in a rebound at 6:22.

Elias Pettersson picked up an assist on Granlund’s 10th goal for his 61st point, snapping a tie with Pavel Bure and Ivan Hlinka for the franchise rookie record. Pettersson was selected by Vancouver with the fifth-overall pick when the draft was held in Chicago in 2017.

“It’s special that I broke the record where it all started pretty much,” he said. “It’s a cool [feeling].”

NOTES: Hawks F Drake Caggiula missed his eighth consecutive game after he suffered a concussion against Anaheim on Feb. 27. “He’s in the protocol,” coach Jeremy Colliton said, “and certainly we’re not in the area that we’re worried about him being done for the season.” ... The Canucks improved to 10-9-1 in back-to-backs this season. ... Former White Sox slugger Jim Thome was honored after he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame last summer. Thome got a big ovation when he went out to center ice for a ceremonial puck drop. The Hawks also observed a moment of silence for Thome’s father, Chuck, who died last weekend.


Canucks: Host the Senators on Wednesday night.

Blackhawks: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

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