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NHL: Smith’s late goal lifts Chicago

Columbus, Ohio: Ben Smith tapped in a rebound with 3.7 seconds left on a wild scrum to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in the NHL on Friday night.

With time running out, Duncan Keith threw the puck on net and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky blocked it with his arm but it popped out of his reach. While he and two teammates scrambled to get to the loose puck, Smith got a stick on it and pushed it into the net.

Jeremy Morin, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa also had goals for Chicago, and Keith had three assists. Antti Raanta had 24 saves.

Derek MacKenzie, Ryan Johansen and Artem Anisimov scored for Columbus, who are in the middle of a fight for the play-offs and in dire need of points. Bobrovsky had 34 saves.

The reigning Stanley Cup champions had already locked up their sixth straight play-off appearance, while the Blue Jackets had a lot riding on the outcome. Columbus, with 85 points to start the night, held a tenuous grasp of the second wild-card spot in the East, a point behind Detroit.

Midway through the third with the game tied at 3-3, Raanta made the stop of the game after Matt Calvert intercepted a pass and zoomed in all alone. Raanta deflected his shot and the game remained tied.

Bobrovsky then stopped a blast by Bryan Bickell and smothered Morin’s shot from his knees in the slot with less than five minutes remaining.

Then came the wild finish after both teams had seemed content to get to overtime with a point.

At Anaheim, Mike Fisher had two goals and an assist and Colin Wilson also scored twice as the Nashville Predators beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2.

Patric Hornqvist also scored and had two assists and Matt Cullen added two assists as Nashville ended a six-game losing streak to the Ducks and preserved their play-off chances with five games to play. Hornqvist has 13 points (six goals and seven assists) in his last 10 games.

Pekka Rinne stopped 27 shots for the Predators, who led 4-1 in the first period.

Kyle Palmieri and Daniel Winnik scored for Anaheim.

At Montreal, Max Pacioretty had a hat-trick as the Montreal Canadiens scored seven straight goals to rally for a 7-4 win over the Ottawa Senators.

Andrei Markov, Mike Weaver, Lars Eller and David Desharnais also scored for Montreal, who trailed 3-0 less than six minutes into the game. Peter Budaj stopped 39 shots for his 10th win of the season for the Canadiens.

Zack Smith had two goals for Ottawa, while Ales Hemsky and Mika Zibanejad also scored. Craig Anderson stopped 16 of the 23 shots he faced.

Elsewhere Friday, Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and an assist as the Detroit Red Wings held off the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 and Mike Cammalleri scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period as the Calgary Flames beat the Florida Panthers 2-1.


Results from the NHL games on Friday (home team in CAPS)

Montreal 7 OTTAWA 4

Chicago 4 COLUMBUS 3

NEW JERSEY 2 Washington 1

DETROIT 3 Buffalo 2

Calgary 2 FLORIDA 1

Edmonton 3 PHOENIX 2 (SO)

Nashville 5 ANAHEIM 2