Philipp Kurashev scored 2:24 into overtime and Chicago beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 Thursday night.
Montreal, the Stanley Cup finalist, is currently 0-2 in five games and has lost its last 13 games. The Canadiens have a record of 7-24-5 overall, falling behind Arizona who holds the worst record in hockey after beating Toronto on Wednesday.
Chicago won its third consecutive championship with Dominik Kubalik scoring and Patrick Kane scoring. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots.
Montreal’s Jeff Petry and Mike Hoffman were successful, while Sam Montembeault stopped all 28 shots.
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As overtime ended, Kurashev took Montembeault’s place in his crease and placed the puck in the net. Replay review confirmed that the puck crossed the goal line first, and that Chicago was onside.
I’m glad it went our way,” Chicago interim coach Derek King said. “If it didn’t work out our way, I would have asked for a penalty because their guy took the net off. “When they looked at the office, that was when I felt a little anxious.”
Kurashev said it was “a close call.” It was good. The ref also saw it that way.
It felt more like the previous season to the Canadiens.
“It’s hard to swallow”
Petry said, “It is tough.” It’s hard to swallow that you won’t get out of here without the extra point.
Kane tied the score at 2 with a power play and ended his 13-game goal drought at 2:21 in the third with a deep angle wrist shot.
Montreal only had two goals in the first period, but they rebounded to win the second. Petry’s goal was the season’s first and Hoffman’s 14th.
King stated that the first time, they did all the small things right. “The second, when we were feeling confident, it was a mistake. We did the job. We got on with it.”
Chicago won the first period with 13 shots. Montembeault was defeated by Kubalik, who took a wrist shot at 7:42 to beat Montembeault.