Blackhawks Trim Leafs in Toronto

Brendan Perlini had a goal and two assists as the Chicago Blackhawks held off a furious Toronto comeback to defeat the Maple Leafs 5-4 on Wednesday night.

Brandon Saad, with a goal and an assist, Duncan Keith, Dominik Kahun and Alex DeBrincat also scored as Chicago (31-30-9) jumped out to a 5-0 lead before being forced to hang on.

Dylan Strome added two assists for the Blackhawks, who have won four straight and crept within four points of the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild-card spot in the NHL Western Conference.

Corey Crawford stopped 17-of-18 shots through two periods before leaving the game due to illness. Colin Delia turned aside 26 shots, all in the the third, in relief.

Auston Matthews, Morgan Rielly and Andreas Johnsson each had a goal and an assist for Toronto (42-23-5).

John Tavares also scored for the Leafs, while William Nylander and Mitch Marner had two assists each.