Blackhawks stun Blue Jackets in final seconds

Craig Merz  - Correspondent | Friday, 04.04.2014 / 10:25 PM

COLUMBUS -- Ben Smith scored off a scramble with 3.9 seconds left in regulation and the Chicago Blackhawks stunned the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Friday night.

The Blue Jackets were called for having too many men on the ice with 21.6 seconds left, and the Blackhawks (44-19-15) kept possession after Smith won the draw. Defenseman Duncan Keith, who had three assists, fired from the left point. Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (34 saves) stopped the shot with his arm but the puck fell to the ice in front of him. A swarm converged and Smith was able to slap the puck across the line for his 12th goal.

Chicago moved within one point of the second-place Colorado Avalanche in the Central Division by beating the Blue Jackets for the 13th consecutive time.

Columbus (39-31-7) remained in the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference for the Stanley Cup Playoffs; the Blue Jackets lead the Toronto Maple Leafs by one point and the New Jersey Devils by three.

Chicago backup goalie Antti Raanta had 24 saves, one on a breakaway by Matt Calvert with 8:40 remaining to keep the game tied.

Derek MacKenzie, Ryan Johansen and Artem Anisimov scored for Columbus. Jeremy Morin, Patrick Sharpe and Marian Hossa had the other goals for Chicago, which played without injured forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

There were four goals and two lead changes in the second period and the score was tied at 3-3 through 40 minutes.

Johansen made it 2-1 when he scored 36 seconds into the period on a wrist shot from the right circle that went under the crossbar for his 31st of the season.

But the Blackhawks responded with two goals. Sharp scored on the power play at 4:14 with a drive from the blue line for his 32nd. Hossa gave Chicago its first lead at 10:42 when he took a feed from Kris Versteeg between the circles, deked and beat Bobrovsky with a forehand for his 28th of the season.

Anisimov tied the game at 12:47 during a power play when his centering pass went off the stick of Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and past Raanta for his 21st goal.

Columbus opened the scoring 92 seconds into the game when MacKenzie followed a RJ Umberger shot and beat Keith to the rebound in the slot. Morin tied at 17:10 with his second of the season when he skated down right wing and beat Bobrovsky, playing for a second straight night, from the top of the circle.

Chicago was 1-for-2 on the power play. Columbus was 1-for-3.

Each team is home Sunday; the Blackhawks host the St. Louis Blues and the New York Islanders visit Nationwide Arena.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:32CBJ Derek MacKenzie (9) ASST: R.J. Umberger (16), Jared Boll (1) 1 - 0 CBJ
17:10CHI Jeremy Morin (2) ASST: Michal Rozsival (7), Patrick Sharp (43) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
00:36CBJ Ryan Johansen (31) ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (31), Cam Atkinson (18) 2 - 1 CBJ
04:14CHI PPG - Patrick Sharp (32) ASST: Duncan Keith (52) 2 - 2 Tie
10:42CHI Marian Hossa (28) ASST: Kris Versteeg (23), Duncan Keith (53) 3 - 2 CHI
12:47CBJ PPG - Artem Anisimov (21) ASST: James Wisniewski (40), Jack Johnson (26) 3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
19:56CHI Ben Smith (12) ASST: Duncan Keith (54), Brent Seabrook (34) 4 - 3 CHI
Three Stars of the Game
Ben Smith
Ben Smith
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:03
Patrick Sharp
Patrick Sharp
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:07
Ryan Johansen
Ryan Johansen
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:25
Penalty Summary
1st Period
07:08CHI Brent Seabrook  Tripping against  Brandon Dubinsky
11:12CBJ Fedor Tyutin  Cross checking against  Bryan Bickell
14:20CHI Brandon Bollig  Hooking against  Boone Jenner
2nd Period
03:25CBJ Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Bryan Bickell
03:25CHI Bryan Bickell  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
03:25CBJ Jared Boll  Interference against  Bryan Bickell
12:31CHI Nick Leddy  Slashing against  Matt Frattin
3rd Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/21/3
Faceoff Wins2831
Blocked Shots1610
Penalty Minutes119
2D. KeithD0323021:33
4N. HjalmarssonD00-11021:26
7B. SeabrookD0103220:48
8N. LeddyD0002217:01
10P. SharpL1106018:07
11J. MorinL1013013:39
12P. ReginC0012012:03
16M. KrugerC0001013:56
17S. BrookbankD00-12020:10
20B. SaadL0000013:36
23K. VersteegR0112015:57
28B. SmithR1002018:03
29B. BickellL0015511:28
32M. RozsivalD0120016:41
42J. NordstromL00-11013:22
52B. BolligL00-11212:20
65A. ShawC0010017:02
81M. HossaR1004018:41
31A. Raanta2427.88959:51
7J. JohnsonD0100024:07
11M. CalvertL00-11014:37
13C. AtkinsonR01-12016:30
14B. ComeauL0001013:35
17B. DubinskyC0105019:31
18R. UmbergerC0102010:08
19R. JohansenC1003017:25
21J. WisniewskiD01-11020:50
23M. FrattinR0010014:01
24D. MacKenzieC1001011:45
27R. MurrayD0011017:33
38B. JennerC0003015:49
40J. BollR010079:20
42A. AnisimovC10-14017:37
47D. ProutD00-22023:11
51F. TyutinD00-10217:38
55M. LetestuC00-10016:44
58D. SavardD0011016:57
72S. Bobrovsky3438.89559:53