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Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Lightning 4, Hawks 3

By Jesse Rogers

The Blackhawks rallied in the third period but lost to the Lightning in a shootout on Wednesday. Here's a quick look at an entertaining game.

How it happened: The Hawks hung tough after getting down 3-1, tying the game early in the third period. The hottest line in the league kept it going as Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, and Jonathan Toews scored all three regulation goals for the visitors. Steven Stamkos and company were just as formidable as he and Martin St. Louis had early goals but the Lightning were unable to pull away. After a scoreless overtime period, St. Louis was the only shooter to register a goal during the shootout. Tampa goalie Dwayne Roloson thrwarted all three Hawks' shooters -- Toews, Kane and Marian Hossa.

What it means: It was a gutsy effort against an elite team. Although the Hawks played far from perfect in the first half of the game, they hung in there, playing without one of their better defensive forwards for the final two periods. They grinded out the comeback after demoralizing late first period and early second period scores by Tampa Bay. The Hawks have played 33 back-to-back games in the last two years, failing to get at least a point in game 2 in just four of them.

Injury news: Dave Bolland missed the final 40 minutes of the game after apparently taking an elbow to the head in the first period.

What’s Next: Before the Hawks take the ice again in Washington on Sunday they will celebrate their Stanley Cup championship of a year ago by visiting the White House on Friday afternoon. President Obama will honor them in an afternoon ceremony after the Hawks visit Walter Reed Hospital the day before.