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.