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Sunday, March 13, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Caps 4, Hawks 3 (OT)

By Jesse Rogers



Jonathan Toews forced overtime with a power-play goal in the last minute of regulation, but Mike Knuble scored to give the Caps a 4-3 win, their eighth straight.

How it happened: Jonathan Toews scored a 6-on-4 power play goal to tie the game with 39 seconds left in the third before Mike Knuble won it in overtime. The Hawks were down to four defensemen to start the third period as Brian Campbell was nursing an injury on the bench while Brent Seabrook sat in the penalty box after fighting in the final seconds of the second period. The Capitals scored during Seabrook's time in the box. The Hawks took a 1-0 lead on an early score by Nick Leddy, but they were trailing after the first period thanks to a power play goal and short-handed tally by the Capitals. Tomas Kopecky scored early in the second to tie the game, but it was his neutral zone turnover which led to what looked like the winning goal early in the third. The Hawks' power play failed them throughout the afternoon, until the crucial final seconds of regulation.

What it means: The Hawks fell to 7-11-2 when tied after two periods. They've dropped three in a row after winning the previous eight, but they did get a point in two of the three. Overall the Hawks are 37-24-8. Seabrook's decision to fight Jason Chimera with 19 seconds remaining in the second period was questionable considering the Hawks were already down a defenseman, but once again Toews came to the rescue with a clutch goal to help earn the Hawks a point.

Injury news: The Hawks were already playing without Dave Bolland, and though Brian Campbell played, he was limited due to a foot injury. He played just two shifts in the second period and was on the bench for a crucial goal in the third while Brent Seabrook sat in the penalty box for fighting.

What's Next: An extremely difficult test awaits the Hawks on Monday night as they return from an eight-day trip to host the San Jose Sharks. The Hawks swept the Sharks in the playoffs last year but are trying to avoid being swept by them in the season series this year.