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Friday, January 7, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Hawks 3, Senators 2 (SO)

By Jesse Rogers

A quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-2 shootout win over the Ottawa Senators on Friday at the United Center.

How it happened: The Hawks’ third-period woes continued, but they prevailed in a shootout to get the win. It looked like Patrick Kane had given his team the lead for good midway through the final period. Kane stole a puck from Erik Karlsson at the Ottawa blue line, and then used defenseman Chris Phillips as a screen to get the puck by Brian Elliott. But the Senators tied it with less than two minutes to play with an extra attacker on the ice.
Things also looked sour early in the second period, after the Hawks gave up yet another power-play goal, but just a few minutes later Patrick Sharp scored on a redirected point shot by Brian Campbell. It was his 24th of the season. The Hawks hunkered down on defense giving up just 15 shots in the final 40 minutes after allowing 11 in the first period. Jonathan Toews and Kane scored in the shootout.

What it means: The Hawks avoided another embarrassing home loss to a team below .500 and almost got through the third period with no damage. They’ve given up the most third-period goals in the league this season, so add one more to that total. Kane’s score in regulation and then in the shootout is exactly the type of thing that can spark a player. He had the puck on his stick more often than in recent memory, and finally did something with it. He also added a few helpers on the power play.

What’s next: The homestand continues when the Hawks host the New York Islanders on Sunday. They’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Hawks 1961 championship team by honoring several players, including Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita.