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 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, in the middle of a fight for the playoffs and in dire need of points. Bobrovsky had 34 saves (see full recap).
Pacioretty, Canadians down Senators
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 on Friday night.
Andrei Markov, Mike Weaver, Lars Eller and David Desharnais also scored for Montreal, which trailed 3-0 less than 6 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.
Pacioretty completed his hat trick at 1:09 of the third and Desharnais made it 7-3 midway through the final period by beating Anderson up high (see full recap).
Carter, Devils edge Capitals
NEWARK, N.J. -- Ryan Carter scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:54 remaining to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Friday night.
Tuomo Ruutu also scored for New Jersey, and Cory Schneider made 24 saves.
Alex Ovechkin scored for Washington, which lost its fifth straight. Jaroslav Halak stopped 29 shots.
On the game-winner, Carter was sprung by a leading pass from Marek Zidlicky, and he snapped a shot that eluded Halak.
Ovechkin opened the scoring 10:12 into the game with his 49th of the season. The sequence began with New Jersey defenseman Mark Fayne committing a defensive zone turnover. Nicklas Backstrom found the loose puck and moved it to Mikhail Grabovski, who passed it to Ovechkin for the quick shot (see full recap).
Red Wings hold off Sabres
DETROIT -- Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and an assist and the Detroit Red Wings held off the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Friday night.
Darren Helm and Tomas Jurco also scored for Detroit. Danny DeKeyser had two assists and Jimmy Howard made 21 saves.
It was Red Wings coach Mike Babcock's 413 win for Detroit, which ties him with Jack Adams for the all-time franchise record.
Jamie McBain scored and Nicolas Deslauriers got his first career goal for Buffalo, which has the NHL's worst record. Matt Hackett stopped 28 shots (see full recap).