Philipp Kurashev scored 2:24 into overtime and Chicago beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 Thursday night.
Montreal, a defending Stanley Cup finalist, has dropped five straight and is 1-9-3 in its past 13 games. The Canadiens are 7-24-5 overall and fell behind Arizona for the worst record in hockey when the Coyotes beat Toronto on Wednesday.
Dominik Kubalik and Patrick Kane also scored for Chicago, which won its third in a row. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots.
Jeff Petry and Mike Hoffman scored for Montreal, and Sam Montembeault stopped 28 shots.
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Kurashev piled into Montembeault’s crease during overtime and put the puck in the goal as the net came off its moorings. A replay review confirmed the puck crossed the goal line first and that Chicago was onside on the play.”
I’m glad it went our way,” Chicago interim coach Derek King said. “If it didn’t go our way I was going to ask for a penalty, since their guy took the net off. When they reviewed the office, that’s when I got a little nervous.”
Kurashev called it “a really close call. It was good, and good thing the ref saw it the same way.”
To the Canadiens, it felt like more of the same.
‘It’s tough to swallow’
“It’s tough,” Petry said. “To not come out of here with the extra point, it’s tough to swallow.”
Kane tied it at 2 on a power play, ending his 13-game goal drought 2:21 into the third with a deep-angle wrist shot.
Montreal had only two shots on goal in the first period but rebounded to take the lead in the second on Petry’s first goal of the season and Hoffman’s first in 14 games.
“The first, we did all the little things right,” King said. “The second, we were feeling confident and we shouldn’t be doing that. The third, we got the job done. We picked away at it.”
Chicago dominated the first period with 13 shots, but only Kubalik beat Montembeault, with a wrist shot on a breakaway at 7:42.