A 2-point win would have been crucial for the Chicago Blackhawks, who were clinging to a 4th place spot in a Western conference that can change drastically in the blink of an eye. And the Hawks put up a good fight, but it wasn’t enough to topple Alex Ovechkin and Washington Capitals.
Earlier in the season the Capitals were slumping, showing no signs of being the Stanley Cup contenders that they have consistently been in the past few years. But lately they have been heating up and on Sunday night, they hosted the defending Cup champs, who have also been picking up their game of late.
Both teams came out to play, and the game was neck in neck throughout the 60 minutes. The Hawks hopped on the scoreboard early with a hard slapshot by Nick Leddy but Washington’s Boyd Gordon answered back with a slapshot of his own to tie it up less than 2 minutes later. Seconds before the first period closed out, new Capitals acquisition Jason Arnott buried one past Corey Crawford and the Blackhawks left the ice trailing by a goal.
The lone goal in the second belonged to Hawks’ winger Tomas Kopecky, three minutes in, and the scoreboard was once again even. In the third period Brooks Laich shot a wrister that found the back of the net and it appeared that the Capitals were going to skate away with the victory. But a late penalty taken by Caps’ Marcus Johansson for hooking put the Blackhawks on the power play. Unfortunately for Washington, Captain Clutch was on the ice that night. With only forty seconds left in regulation Jonathon Toews came through for his team with a wrist shot and the game was going into overtime.
The Capitals still ended up with the W thanks to Mike Knuble’s overtime goal, but the Blackhawks picked up a very beneficial one point. The L.A. Kings’ win over Dallas earned them the coveted 4th spot and the Hawks slid two spots down to 6th. Saturday night’s loss to Vancouver cost the Calgary Flames a precarious seat in 8th.
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Written by Anna Santiago
26-year old sports writer from Calgary, Alberta. A hockey and basketball lover above all.