Popovic scored the winning goal by deflecting Brian Fahey's shot. Steve Martins, with two, and Nathan Oystrick had the other goals for Chicago (33-15-1-4). Jonathan Ferland scored twice for Hamilton (28-18-2-2). Andrei Kostitsyn had the other goal.
Hamilton goaltender Jaroslav Halak stopped 29 shots while Chicago's Fred Brathwaite made 28 saves.