Hartman lifts Blackhawks past Maple Leafs 2-1 in OTThe Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — Ryan Hartman scored with 17 seconds left in overtime to lead the Chicago Blackhawks past the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Saturday night.
John Hayden notched his first NHL goal, and Corey Crawford stopped 25 of 26 shots for Chicago, which holds the top spot in the Western Conference with 97 points following their fourth straight win.
Auston Matthews had a goal to snap a seven-game drought, while Frederik Andersen made 37 saves for the Maple Leafs, who hold the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with 79 points.
Toronto took a 1-0 lead in the first period when William Nylander took a quick pass from Matthews and then sent it right back to Matthews, who crashed the front of the net and redirected a shot through Crawford's pads.
Matthews inched within two goals of Wendel Clark's franchise rookie record (34 in 1985-86) with the goal. The 19-year-old rookie hadn't registered a goal or point since Feb. 28 in San Jose.
Nylander set a career high by extending his point streak to seven games. The 20-year-old has seven points in that span and 51 points on the season — tied for fourth on the Leafs and fourth among all NHL rookies.
Andersen nearly allowed a goal in the opening minute of the second when he bobbled a shot from Jonathan Toews. He kept the Leafs in front until the midway point of the frame when Hayden evened the game at 1. The play started in the Chicago zone with Brent Seabrook firing a long outlet pass to Toews. Chicago's captain then found Hayden, who kicked the pass from his left skate to his stick before beating Andersen.
NOTES: Chicago played without injured forwards Marian Hossa (lower body) and Artem Anisimov (lower body). ... Toronto nearly scored when Nylander ripped a shot off the crossbar, and Matthews was later robbed by Crawford's blocker in the waning moments of the second period. Matthews came close again to start the third, his shot from in tight denied by Crawford. ... The Leafs wore green and white uniforms that paid tribute to an earlier era (1919-27) when the club was still known as the St. Pats. It's only the second time since the name change in 1927 that the uniforms have been worn — the first time coming in 2002.
Blackhawks: Home vs. Colorado on Sunday night.
Maple Leafs: Home vs. Boston on Monday night.