Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning up next: Maple Leafs fall to Blackhawks in shootout

CHICAGO — The Blackhawks found themselves down two goals late in the third period before capitalizing on two mistakes by the Maple Leafs to force overtime and win in a shootout.

Jonathan Toews and Artemi Panarin scored in the shootout to give Chicago a 5-4 win Saturday night.

Artem Anisimov scored his second goal of the game on a rebound with 2:28 left to cut Chicago's deficit to 4-3, then former Lightning forward Richard Panik knocked in a loose puck in front of the goal 60 seconds later.

"We needed it," Toews said. "It wasn't pretty for a while there in the third sometimes. It looked like wherever we were going, they were there and shut us down. Everything was going against us again."

Anisimov connected as Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling was heading to the bench for an extra attacker. Darling was on the bench when Panik tied it with his team-leading sixth goal.

"We found a way to score a couple late ones," coach Joel Quenneviille said. "We're certainly fortunate to come back in a game like that.

"That was a little different way of going about it."

Toronto rookie William Nylander scored twice for his first multigoal game, with the 20-year-old's second goal putting the Maple Leafs ahead 4-2 early in the third. But Toronto blew a lead in the final period for the third straight game and dropped its third straight, going 0-1-2 on a road trip. It returns home to meet the Lightning on Tuesday.

"I thought we made two mistakes down the stretch," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. "I didn't think we were on our heels at all. It was two blatant ones there, too. You can't give those up."

James van Riemsdyk scored a tie-breaking goal late in the second period and Tyler Bozak also connected for Toronto. Rookie Auston Matthews, the NHL's top 2016 draft pick, set up both of Nylander's goals and had the lone Toronto goal in the shootout.

"You just try to get open and (Matthews) finds you pretty well there," Nylander said.

And Babcock and the Leafs weren't totally upset in settling for one point.

"All in all, I'm very pleased with the way we played here," Babcock said. "I thought Matthews had some great shifts. I think we're going in the right direction, trending the right way."

Rookie Tyler Motte also scored for Chicago. Motte connected for the second straight game after getting his first NHL goal in a 3-2 loss at Columbus on Friday.

Chicago's Brian Campbell had three assists.

Toronto's Frederik Andersen made 31 saves through overtime. Darling stopped 30 shots.

Chicago forward Marian Hossa returned to the lineup after missing Friday's game. He scored his 500th NHL goal in a 7-4 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday, but left in the third period after blocking a shot.

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