Blackhawks hold on for 5-4 win over Toronto
Thursday, March 14, 2019

(TORONTO) - The improving Chicago Blackhawks are headed in the right direction, although their latest win was a wild ride. Brendan Perlini had a goal and two assists, and the Blackhawks held off a furious Toronto comeback to beat the Maple Leafs 5-4. Brandon Saad had a goal and an assist, and Duncan Keith, Dominik Kahun and Alex DeBrincat also scored as Chicago jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Dylan Strome added two assists for the Blackhawks, who have won four straight games and crept within four points of the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card in the Western Conference. Chicago held a 5-1 lead after two periods, but then gave up 3 goals on 29 shots in the third period. Corey Crawford stopped 17 of 18 shots through two periods before leaving the game due to illness. Colin Delia had 26 saves during the onslaught in the third. Auston Matthews, Morgan Rielly and Andreas Johnsson each had a goal and an assist for Toronto, and John Tavares also scored. Frederik Andersen gave up four goals on 14 shots in the first period before being replaced by Gaarret Sparks, who finished with 24 saves