Blackhawks inch toward top with come-from-behind victory
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Jonathan Toews scored goals 47 seconds apart in the final two minutes, rallying the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 victory over the last-place Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.
The Blackhawks squandered a 2-1 lead entering the third period. But Toews tied the game by converting a rebound off Duncan Keith's shot with 1:43 left. Then Toews capped a 2-on-1 break by accepting Brandan Saad's no-look pass and snapping a shot inside the right post with 56 seconds left.
Chicago (48-24-6) vaulted a point ahead of St. Louis and a point behind first-place Nashville in the Central.
•LOSING TWO THE HARD WAY: Montreal lost in a shootout for the second conescutive night, 3-2, as the host New Jersey Devils broke a six-game losing streak. Jacob Josefson and Patrik Elias scored for the Devils in the shootout.
The Devils' penalty kill and rookie goalie Keith Kinkaid were the difference, after giving up an early power-play goal. They limited Montreal to one shot on a five-minute power play late in the second period and killed off a 33-second two-man disadvantage in the final six minutes of regulation and another penalty in overtime.