The Chicago Blackhawks took the lead heading into the third period for the second straight game, but the Winnipeg Jets scored two goals in 33 seconds late in the third to hand Chicago a 5-3 loss Thursday at United Center.
It’s the fourth loss this season to Winnipeg, who have outscored Chicago 14-5. The two teams meet for the final time this season Feb. 10 in Winnipeg.
The game didn’t start off well for Chicago, either.
Patrik Laine, the No. 2 overall pick in 2015, scored his 22nd goal of the season to give the Jets a 1-0 lead just 6 minutes, 16 seconds into the game. Shawn Matthias made it 2-0 just 42 seconds later.
Duncan Keith put the Hawks on the board less than six minutes later with a power-play goal. Artem Anisimov won a faceoff and Brent Seabrook sent a pass to Keith, who rocketed a shot from the top of the left circle just five seconds into a power play. Keith’s goal snapped a 0-for-12 Hawks drought on the man advantage.
Rookie Nick Schmaltz tied it four minutes into the second period. Schmaltz had two goals in his last five games in his second stint with Chicago. Tanner gave the Hawks a 3-2 lead with a goal off a give-and-go feed with Patrick Kane at 16:37.
But with 4:03 left in regulation, the Jets added two quick goals against Scott Darling, who stopped 27 of 31 shots. Andrew Copp found the back of the net off a redirect and Bryan Little snipped a shot from the right circle. Mark Scheifele added an empty-netter with 2:03 remaining.
Chicago enters the NHL All-Star break four points back of the Minnesota Wild for the Central Division lead. The Wild defeated St. Louis, 5-1, on Tuesday, and have three games in hand.
Copp redirects a shot to tie the game before Little scored the eventual game-winner 33 seconds later.
SCH 3 Stars
1. Little (Jets), Game-winning goal and an assist
2. Copp (Jets), goal and an assist
3. Jacob Trouba (Jets), two assists
The Hawks head to the NHL’s All-Star break, with the skills competition Saturday and the 3-on-3 All-Star Game on Sunday. Chicago boasts the most representatives with four: Corey Crawford, Kane, Keith and Jonathan Toews.