National Hockey League

Blackhawks edge Red Wings in overtime, move into playoff spot


The way they got there — a 3-2 overtime win over the lowly Red Wings — was underwhelming, so much so that coach Jeremy Colliton said he’d sleep worse Monday night than he did after the team’s well-played regulation loss to the Blue Jackets on Jan. 29.


The win bumped their points percentage up to .588, a few decimals above the Stars’ .583 and into fourth place in the Central Division.


Kubalik beat Thomas Greiss through his five-hole for the winner with 16.1 seconds left, giving him two even-strength goals this season — he also scored in the first period — after he entered the day with zero.


Entering Monday, Mitchell — recently promoted to a pair with Duncan Keith — had played 18:21, 17:58 and a career-high 19:29 on Saturday in his last three outings after previously averaging 14:06 per game.


Robin Lehner was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday for the Golden Knights with an upper-body injury and hasn’t played since.


Brandon Saad , who had a bad start with the Avalanche, finally found his groove — tallying seven points in a four-game span — then saw COVID-19 pause the Avs’ schedule for two weeks.






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