Blackhawks Gain, Even While Losing In Montreal

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P.K. Subban's Overtime Goal Leads Canadiens Past Blackhawks 2-1

The Blackhawks desperately needed a win in Montreal tonight; they didn’t get it, losing 2-1 in overtime to the Canadiens on a goal by P.K. Subban.

Nevertheless, they helped themselves by even getting to OT. The point they picked up by doing that got them to 93 points, tied with the Ducks — however, the Ducks have the tiebreaker, so the Blackhawks remain in eighth place. The Dallas Stars, at this writing winning their game against the Blue Jackets. If that holds up, the Stars would move into a ninth-place tie with the Calgary Flames with 91 points.

Both the Stars and Blackhawks have two games in hand over the Flames, so the contest for the last playoff spot is really between Dallas and the Hawks. Dallas doesn’t play a playoff-bound team the rest of the way; the Hawks play the non-playoff Blues at home tomorrow, then finish with home-and-home vs. the Detroit Red Wings on Friday and Sunday.

It’ll be tough down to the wire. The Blackhawks’ only goal tonight was scored by Patrick Kane in the second period. Corey Crawford made 33 saves, but Carey Price was great, making 42 saves on Blackhawk shots.

Tomorrow’s game at the United Center begins at 7 p.m. CDT.

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Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Montreal Canadiens: The Final Push

There are six days left in the NHL's regular season; the Blackhawks will play on four of them (tonight, tomorrow, Friday and Sunday). This is a tough schedule, made tougher by the fact that three of the four games are against playoff teams -- tonight in Montreal, then home and home with the Red Wings on Friday and Sunday.

Though the Blackhawks lead the Flames by only one point, they don't have to worry too much about them. Calgary has only two games left; if the Blackhawks win two of their four games, the Flames are eliminated. The bigger concern is the Dallas Stars, who trail by three points but have all four of their remaining games against teams out of the playoff picture.

Tonight is the only meeting of the season between the Canadiens and Blackhawks, Original Six teams who used to meet all the time. Montreal ranks sixth in the Eastern Conference, and are very tough at home with one of the NHL's best home records: 23-11-6.

Tonight's faceoff is at 6:30 p.m. CDT and you can see it all on CSN Chicago.

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