CHICAGO (CBS/AP) – It was an electric night at the United Center as the Ottawa Senators scored a late third period goal forcing overtime and shootout.
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored on Chicago’s first two attempts in the shootout, and the Blackhawks recovered after losing a late lead to beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Friday night.
Toews and Kane scored against Brian Elliott in the tiebreaker. Chicago rookie Corey Crawford stopped Alex Kovalev and Daniel Alfredsson to win it.
Milan Michalek backhanded in a rebound with 1:25 left in regulation, while Elliott was off for a sixth skater, to tie the game at 2 and force overtime. Crawford stopped Chris Campoli’s drive from the left point, but Michalek shoveled in the loose puck from the crease.
Kane also scored in regulation and Patrick Sharp added his team-leading 24th goal for Chicago, which was 1-4 in its previous five games.
Alfredsson had a power-play goal in regulation for Ottawa, 0-2-2 in its last four.
Kane’s goal was his first since Nov 30. He missed seven games in December because of an ankle injury and didn’t score in seven in which he played.
Crawford made 24 saves in his fourth consecutive start. Elliott, in his eighth straight outing, also stopped 24.
Alfredsson opened the scoring 49 seconds into the second period with a a power-play goal when his high screened shot from the right circle sailed past Crawford’s blocker.
The goal was the fourth allowed by the Blackhawks in four straight short-handed situations. Dallas was 3 for 3 on the power play in a 4-2 win at Chicago on Wednesday.
Sharp tied in at 1 on a deflection at 4:08. Chicago defenseman Brian Campbell fired from the right point, after controlling an Ottawa clearing attempt, and Sharp redirected the puck over Elliott’s glove.
The Blackhawks started to dominate as the second period progressed. Elliott made several sharp saves, including ones on Fernando Pisani and Duncan Keith, to preserve the tie.
Kane stole the puck and scored an unassisted goal at 7:50 of the third period to put Chicago ahead 2-1.
Kane knocked the puck off the stick of defenseman Erik Karlsson just outside the Senators’ blue line, skated in and beat Elliott with a high shot on the glove side.
NOTES: Chicago recalled 19-year-old D Nick Leddy from Rockford of the AHL. D Jassen Cullimore, 38, was sent to Rockford on Thursday. Leddy played for the U.S. in the World Junior Championship and got into six games with the Blackhawks at the start of the season. Ottawa recalled G Robin Lehner from Binghamton of the AHL to back up Elliott. G Pascal Leclaire remained sidelined because of a lower body injury. Lehner was Sweden’s No. 1 goalie at the world juniors. Ottawa C Jason Spezza missed his fourth game with a shoulder injury. Sharp’s goal was the 150th in the NHL.
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