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Blackhawks 3, Canadiens 2 (OT)

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Chicago 3, Montreal 2 (OT)

CHICAGO - Left wing Patrick Sharp scored 43 seconds into overtime Wednesday night to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

Sharp fired from 20 feet, his hard wrist shot caroming off the right arm of goaltender Peter Budaj. The puck bounced into the net for the Blackhawks' fourth win in a row, and stopped Montreal's winning streak at two games.

Chicago right wing Marian Hossa created the tie by converting Sharp's pass in the slot to tie the game 2-2 with 47.7 seconds left in regulation, about 10 seconds after goaltender Corey Crawford was pulled for an extra attacker.

That erased the lead Montreal gained when defenseman Francis Bouillon scored for only the second time this season.

Bouillon's slapshot snapped a 1-1 deadlock in the third period 22 seconds after Chicago left wing Jeremy Morin had created it with a goal. Budaj thwarted a late Blackhawks power play.

Right wing Dale Weise, who had missed the previous six games with an upper-body injury, took defenseman Josh Gorges' deflected pass and beat Crawford from 15 feet away to open the scoring 7:31 into the final period. Montreal had gained a 3-on-2 break, with Weise untouched as he cruised through the slot.

The Blackhawks tied the game just over three minutes later. Defenseman Sheldon Brookbank forced a turnover in the Montreal zone, bumping the puck to Morin, who wheeled and beat Budej with a 30-foot wrist shot at 10:34.

The tie was short-lived thanks to Bouillon's 55-foot slapshot, which whistled over Crawford's right shoulder 22 seconds later.

Budaj stopped 25 shots, Crawford rejecting 28.

The scoreless first 40 minutes produced a paucity of scoring chances. Among the best was Max Pacioretty's breakaway five minutes into the second period, but the Montreal left wing lost control of the puck after scooting between Chicago defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook. With 4:25 left in the second, Crawford made his best save of the game to that point, a right pad kickout of defenseman Nathan Beaulieu's close-in chance.

With five players out because of injury and illness, the Canadiens presented a makeshift lineup. The bench was even shorter most of the night because center Alex Galchenyuk suffered a lower-body injury when hit by Chicago's Andrew Shaw early in the game. Galchenyuk played only two shifts.

Additionally, Montreal kept usual starting goaltender Carey Price and defensemen Alexei Emelin and Andrei Markov home, resting them for Thursday's game against the New York Islanders. But Gorges, who missed 15 games with a broken hand, returned and was rambunctious, registering five hits in the close-checking contest before setting up Weise's goal.

NOTES: Chicago RW Patrick Kane skated in the morning for the fifth time in six days, and for the first time with teammates, following his March 19 injury. Kane, who missed 10 games, wore a brace on his left knee, and said he will not return to the lineup until the first game of the playoffs, when he expects to be 100 percent. "From what it looks like, a week away from playoffs, that's right about the timetable that they told me I should be healed," he said. Kane believes neither the injury nor the brace will hinder his mobility. "A few little tweaks here and there and it should be fine," Kane added. ... Chicago C Jonathan Toews (left shoulder) is also slated to return for the playoffs, and may begin skating Thursday. ... Chicago D Michal Rozsival was a late scratch. He had played in the last two games after missing nine straight with a lower-body injury. ... The Canadiens were without four ailing regulars: C Lars Eller (illness), LW Travis Moen (concussion), LW Brandon Prust (upper body) and RW Dale Weise (upper body), while D Douglas Murray served the last game of a three-game suspension for clobbering Tampa Bay's Mike Kostka.
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