National Hockey League
Chicago 5, Toronto 4
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
Referees: Wes McCauley, Graham Skilliter
Linesmen: Scott Driscoll, Kory Nagy
Attendance: 19342

Brendan Perlini had a goal and two assists, Brandon Saad added a goal and an assist, and the visiting Chicago Blackhawks held on to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 Wednesday night.

The Maple Leafs trailed 5-0 before scoring four consecutive goals, including three in the third period, when they took 30 shots.

Duncan Keith, Dominik Kahun and Alex DeBrincat also scored for the Blackhawks, who have won four in a row. Dylan Strome contributed two assists.

Corey Crawford saved 17 of the 18 shots he faced in the Chicago goal but left because of illness after the second period. Collin Delia took over for the third and made 27 saves.

Andreas Johnsson, Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly each had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who have lost two in a row. John Tavares also scored for Toronto, and William Nylander and Mitch Marner each added two assists.

Garret Sparks replaced Frederik Andersen in the Toronto goal at the start of the second period after the Blackhawks scored four first-period goals.

Andersen, who also was replaced by Sparks during a 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, made 10 saves. Sparks stopped 24 of 25 shots.

Keith scored his fifth goal this season at 3:19 of the first period when his slap shot from the left point was deflected by Nylander before trickling past Andersen.

Perlini notched his 12th goal this season, and seventh in his past six games, beating a Maple Leaf before firing a wrist shot from the high slot at 12:55 of the first period.

Following a Toronto turnover at the Chicago blue line, Kahun scored his 12th from the slot on a nifty pass from Patrick Kane at 17:13 of the first.

Saad scored his 23rd of the season 1:33 later, switching to his backhand to tuck the puck home on a feed from Dylan Sikura.

Chicago led 5-0 on DeBrincat's 38th goal when Perlini set him up in the slot at 12:32 of the second period.

Johnsson scored his 20th this season on a tip-in of Rielly's shot from the left point at 18:27 of the second.

With Delia sprawled to the side of the crease, Matthews converted a pass from Johnson for his 32nd goal at 7:57 of the third period.

Rielly scored his 19th goal of the season at 10:55 of the third.

With Sparks out for an extra attacker, Tavares scored his 39th goal at 18:29 of the third.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Chicago   Toronto
Brendan Perlini 3 Points Andreas Johnsson 2
Brendan Perlini 1 Goals Andreas Johnsson 1
Brendan Perlini 2 Assists Mitchell Marner 2
N/A Power Play Goals Morgan Rielly 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Corey Crawford .944 Save Percentage Garret Sparks .960
Collin Delia 26 Saves Garret Sparks 24
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Chicago 39 5 0-0 0-1 2 26
Toronto 47 4 1-1 0-0 0 33
Upcoming Games
  • Toronto will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Maple Leafs have a W/L % of .595 after a win and .607 after a loss.
  • Chicago will play their next game on the road against Montreal. The Blackhawks have a W/L % of .516 after a win and .385 after a loss.