Peter Holland scored the winner early in the third period to lift the Maple Leafs to a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks on Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre. Nazem Kadri and James van Riemsdyk also had goals for the Leafs. Brent Seabrook had a goal and an assist and Brad Richards a goal for the Hawks.
In the nets
Corey Crawford returned for the Hawks after missing six games with an upper-body injury. He had 24 saves. James Reimer was terrific for the Leafs and finished with 45 saves.
Hawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson left the ice with blood streaming down his face after being struck with a puck just below his left eye late in the second period. He returned to start the third period and later was limping after taking a shot to his right leg. Afterward, coach Joel Quenneville said: "He's a warrior. I'm sure he'll be fine."
Tribune's Three Stars
1. Reimer, Leafs: Held off the Hawks' onslaught, including 26 saves in the third period.
2. Holland, Leafs: Was in the right spot at the right time and buried the winner from the slot off a pass from Leo Komarov.
3. Seabrook, Hawks: Pounded the puck from the point with the Hawks on the power play and was rewarded with two points.
Hawks winger Patrick Kane: "When you don't win, obviously there's cause for concern. With the chances we had, we didn't really bear down and bury. We have to get better at that."
Scratches for the Hawks were Daniel Carcillo (right knee) and David Runblad (healthy). Sitting out for the Leafs were Joffrey Lupul (hand) and Matt Frattin (healthy).
Carcillo missed his fourth consecutive game with the injury suffered Oct. 25 against the Blues. He is expected to miss another three weeks.
642 All-time meetings between the Hawks and Leafs. Toronto holds a 286-259-96-1 edge after Saturday's victory.