Kane ends goal drought in Blackhawks OT win against Canadiens

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CHICAGO — Philipp Kurashev scored at 2:24 of overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens at United Center on Thursday.

Kurashev skated in on a breakaway, and as Mike Hoffman went to backcheck him, he knocked Sam Montembeault into the net, allowing the puck to cross the line.

After a video review determined that Hoffman forced the net to dislodge from its moorings, causing the officials to award Chicago the goal, the play was then looked at to determine if Kurashev was offside prior to the goal, but the call on the ice was confirmed.

Patrick Kane scored his first goal in 14 games for Chicago (14-18-5), which has won three straight after losing its previous six. Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves.

Hoffman and Jeff Petry scored for Montreal (7-24-5), which was coming off a 5-1 loss at the Boston Bruins on Wednesday and is 0-3-2 since its last win on Dec. 16. Montembeault made 28 saves.

Kane tied it 2-2 at 2:21 of the third period, shooting five-hole on Montembeault from a bad angle on the power play. It was his first goal since Dec. 4.

Dominik Kubalik gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead at 7:42 of the first period when he took a pass at the blue line from Jonathan Toews and scored on a breakaway.

Petry scored his first of the season to tie it 1-1 at 12:41 of the second period. He collected the puck in the left circle after Artturi Lehkonen‘s shot caromed off the end boards and quickly shot past a diving Fleury.

Hoffman gave the Canadiens a 2-1 lead at 17:45 with a power-play goal off a pass from Cole Caufield, whose initial one-timer was blocked by Calvin de Haan.

The Blackhawks were playing without forwards Kirby Dach and Dylan Strome, who were placed in NHL COVID-19 protocol prior to the game. Defenseman Seth Jones was also in protocol.

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