Hossa’s 12th goal gives Blackhawks 4-3 OT win over Devils
CHICAGO (AP) — Marian Hossa scored his team-leading 12th goal through a screen at 1:31 of overtime to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.
Hossa’s shot through traffic from high in the slot beat Cory Schneider on the glove side, moments after New Jersey’s Mike Cammalleri hit the post on a prime chance against Chicago’s Corey Crawford.
New Jersey’s Travis Zajac scored his third goal of the game at 8:49 of the third to tie it 3-all after scores by Chicago’s Artem Anisimov and Niklas Hjalmarsson late in the second period had put the Blackhawks ahead.
Marcus Kruger also connected for Western Conference-leading Chicago to end a 22-game drought as the Blackhawks won their second straight and played beyond regulation for third consecutive time. They are 3-0-1 in their last four.
The Devils have dropped four straight (0-2-2).
Zajac completed his second career hat trick from the low edge of the left circle after taking a slick cross-ice pass from Cammalleri. He fired into a wide open net before Crawford could react.
Zajac, who had a two-goal game on Oct. 25 against Arizona, has eight goals this season.
Crawford finished with 30 saves, Schneider made 29.
New Jersey forward Taylor Hall returned to the Devils’ lineup after missing eight games with a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Hall had knee surgery on Nov. 16. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft originally was expected to miss three to four weeks.
The Blackhawks played without captain Jonathan Toews, who missed his fourth straight game due to an upper-body injury. The 28-year-old center has four goals and eight assists in 21 games.
New Jersey forward John Quenneville, the 20-year-old second cousin of Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, made his NHL debut. John Quenneville was the Devils’ first-round draft pick, 30th overall, in 2014.
Anisimov tied it 2-2 when he drove to the net and backhanded in a loose rebound. Schneider made a pad save in Anisimov’s initial tip-in attempt of Duncan Keith’s shot from the point.
Hjalmarrson put Chicago in front for the first time, 3-2, with 1:35 left in the second on a fluttering screened shot from high in the slot.
NOTES: New Jersey acquired the 25-year-old Hall in a trade from Edmonton last June. He had five goals and seven assists heading into Thursday night. . Anisimov appeared to be at 100 percent, despite limping off the ice in the third period of Tuesday’s 2-1 shootout win over Florida after Keith’s shot hit the inside of his lower right leg. ... New Jersey C Sergey Kalinin missed the game due to an illness. . The Devils healthy scratches were D Jon Merrill and C Jacob Josefson. Chicago sat out F Jordin Tootoo and D Gustav Forsling.
Devils: Conclude a four-game trip in Nashville on Saturday afternoon
Blackhawks: Visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon