Richie Mo'unga won his kicking battle with Damian McKenzie as the Crusaders triumphed in the Super Rugby Aotearoa title match.
The Chiefs were much-changed for their Super Rugby Aotearoa match against the Blues, who still had to work hard for a 39-19 victory.
The Hurricanes appeared set to clinch just their second win of the season, only to be beaten by a last-gasp penalty on Friday.
Just one point separated the sides in Hamilton, with Damian McKenzie's late penalty sending the Chiefs into second place.
Sam Cane has vowed to come back stronger after the New Zealand captain went under the knife.
History was made on Saturday, as the Chiefs secured the first-ever golden-point victory in Super Rugby Aotearoa.
Alex Mafi crossed three times as the Reds thrashed Waratahs on Saturday, while the Chiefs edged out the Blues late on.
The Chiefs trailed 26-7 at half-time but scored four second-half tries to get past the Hurricanes 35-29.
The Reds won in remarkable circumstances in Super Rugby AU, while the Super Rugby Aotearoa champions prevailed in much more routine fashion.
Jona Nareki's quick feet left the Chiefs standing as the Highlanders pulled off a stunning Super Rugby Aotearoa victory on Friday.