By Shawn Harris
Mar. 15, 2017

MONTREAL- Chicago Blackhawks winning 8 of their last 9 games on the road needed win #9 and to take over first place in the Western Division over Minnesota but standing in their way, the Canadians. Montreal is 1st in the East and winning 4 of their last 5 games looking to stay ahead of Ottawa needing   a home win to secure it.

These teams played aggressive in the opening period as fast pace style and ferocious defense complimented both Chicago and Montreal until Chicago took advantage of a power play and Patrick Kane scores (power play -7:37) making it 1-0 Hawks.

Chicago keep the momentum in period 2 and Montreal couldn't manage to control the game. With a goal by Hawks Johnny Oduya (one-timer-9:11) it was now 2-0 and Montreal was in trouble early.

Montreal had to find a way to stop Chicago's scoring but couldn't as the Hawks continued to widen the gap. Hawks got another score on a goal by Artemi Panarin (one-timer) just :37 secs into period 3 and Chicago continues to baffle Montreal making it 3-0. Canadians finally found a way to get in on the scoring as both Paul Bryon (one-timer-7:18) and Shea Weber (one-timer- 3:28) scores bringing Montreal within a goal 3-2. But late in the third Montreal pulled their goalie for a extra defender and Chicago took advantage on a goal by Jonathan Toews (empty netter-1:22) and Chicago held off Montreal late rally to won 4-2 with 21,288 in attendance at the Bell Centre. Montreal out shot Chicago 42-24, Saves: Chicago Corey Crawford (W, 28-15-3) 42SA/40SV. Montreal Carey Price (L, 31-17-5) 23SA/20SV. Chicago has sole possession of first place in the West with win, Montreal continuous to hold a two game lead over Minnesota with loss as the playoff race approaches. Both teams have today off but will resume as Chicago stays in Canada to play Ottawa in a Western Division battle on Thursday and Montreal on 2 days rest will play a road/home double header series against Ottawa begining on Saturday.