Blackhawks can’t capitalize against Washington

Washington — Chicago looses their third game in a row to the Capitals Sunday, just coming off of eight straight wins.

“We’ll take the point,” Quenneville said. “We weren’t very good today. We were very generous in all the goals that we gave them and could’ve done a better job defending in those situations.”

The Hawks started the match off drawing first blood when Nick Leddy gets a goal from a good slap shot from the point.

Washington comes right back getting a short handed goal, Capital Boyd Gordon played good defense getting a break the other way and getting a shot past Chicago’s Corey Crawford.”It bites pretty hard when you get scored on short-handed,” Hawks’ Jonathan Toews said.

That wasn’t all for Washington in the first, Jason Arnott ends the period with a power play goal set up by Semin and Wideman.

The second period was a lot better for Chicago.  They got a goal from Tomas Kopecky early in the period and managed to not give up anymore scores for the remainder of the second.

With it all tied up in the third, both teams were hoping to get just one more and hold on for the win.  The Hawks were playing pretty good defense until Brooks Laich fired a wrister past Crawford taking the lead 3-2.

The Hawks would put up more chances but were getting turned away by Washingtons goalie Braden Holtby.  That is until later in the third with less than two minutes to play, Capital center Marcus Johansson gets called for hooking and gets two minutes in the sin bin.  Hawks coach Joel Quenneville pulls Crawford for an extra attacker giving them the two man advantage.  It pays off when Jonathan Toews pokes at a rebound and gets the puck through to tie it up with only forty seconds to play.

The goal by Toews would send it into overtime, where the game ends with Washington getting some pressure in front of the net and sets up Mike Knuble with a wrist shot to end it.  The Hawks do get a point for taking it to overtime but they really wanted to get two points for the win.  Chicago has been playing good as of late but are losing on some tough chances and hard breaks.

They will go at it again Monday night against the San Jose Sharks in Chicago at 7:00 p.m. on Versus.  The Hawks are in the 7th spot for the playoffs.  They have thirteen games left to play and want to move up a few spots for the post season.  If they can beat the Sharks they can move up to the 4th seed, but they haven’t been able to get a win with ex-goalie Anti Niemi in net for San Jose this year.