COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ben Smith tapped in a rebound with 3.7 seconds left on a wild scrum to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.
With time running out, Duncan Keith threw the puck on net and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky blocked it with his arm but it popped out of his reach. While he and two teammates scrambled to get to the loose puck, Smith got a stick on it and pushed it into the net.
Jeremy Morin, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa also had goals for Chicago, and Keith had three assists. Antti Raanta had 24 saves.
Derek MacKenzie, Ryan Johansen and Artem Anisimov scored for Columbus, in the middle of a fight for the playoffs and in dire need of points. Bobrovsky had 34 saves.
FLAMES 2, PANTHERS 1
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP)—Mike Cammalleri scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period and Calgary beat Florida.
Kenny Agostino also scored for the Flames and Joey MacDonald stopped 34 shots.
Vincent Trocheck scored for the Panthers, and Roberto Luongo made 15 saves.
Luongo started his first game since March 27th against Carolina when he left after the first period following a collision with the Hurricanes’ Radek Dvorak. Luongo sustained a mild concussion and missed three games.
The Flames won their second straight and fifth in their last eight.
The Panthers have lost five straight and eight of nine.
DEVILS 2, CAPITALS 1
NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—Ryan Carter scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:54 remaining to lift New Jersey.
Tuomo Ruutu also scored for the Devils, and Cory Schneider made 24 saves.
Alex Ovechkin scored for Washington, which lost its fifth straight. Jaroslav Halak stopped 29 shots.
On the game-winner, Carter was sprung by a leading pass from Marek Zidlicky, and he snapped a shot that eluded Halak.
RED WINGS 3, SABRES 2
DETROIT (AP)—Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and an assist and Detroit held off Buffalo.
Darren Helm and Tomas Jurco also scored for Detroit. Danny DeKeyser had two assists and Jimmy Howard made 21 saves.
It was Red Wings coach Mike Babcock’s 413 win for Detroit, which ties him with Jack Adams for the all-time franchise record.
Jamie McBain scored and Nicolas Deslauriers got his first career goal for Buffalo, which has the NHL’s worst record. Matt Hackett stopped 28 shots.
CANADIENS 7, SENATORS 4
MONTREAL (AP)—Max Pacioretty had a hat trick as Montreal Canadiens scored seven straight goals to rally past Ottawa.
Andrei Markov, Mike Weaver, Lars Eller and David Desharnais also scored for Montreal, which trailed 3-0 less than 6 minutes into the game. Peter Budaj stopped 39 shots for his 10th win of the season for the Canadiens.
Zack Smith had two goals for Ottawa, while Ales Hemsky and Mika Zibanejad also scored. Craig Anderson stopped 16 of the 23 shots he faced.
Pacioretty completed his hat trick at 1:09 of the third and Desharnais made it 7-3 midway through the final period by beating Anderson up high.
The Senators got on the board again with 5:53 remaining as Zibanejad beat Budaj.
PREDATORS 5, DUCKS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Mike Fisher had two goals and an assist, Colin Wilson also scored twice and the Nashville beat Anaheim.
Patric Hornqvist also scored and had two assists and Matt Cullen added two assists as Nashville snapped a six-game losing streak to the Ducks and preserved its playoff chances with five games to play.
Hornqvist has 13 points (six goals and seven assists) in his last 10 games.
Pekka Rinne stopped 27 shots for the Predators, who led 4-1 in the first period.
Kyle Palmieri and Daniel Winnik scored for Anaheim.
OILERS 3, COYOTES 2, SO
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Sam Gagner got the tying goal with 40.4 seconds to play in regulation, then scored the winner in the fourth round of the shootout to lift the Edmonton.
Oilers defenceman Justin Schultz also scored and Ben Scrivens stopped 24 shots through overtime.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the tying goal for the Coyotes in the second period, and Kyle Chipchura put them ahead with 7:18 left in the third. Thomas Greiss also stopped 24 shots for Phoenix.
It was a tough loss for the Coyotes, who are vying for the last wild-card spot in the Western Cconference. Phoenix moved one point ahead of ninth-place Dallas, but the Stars have two games in hand.