Saturday, September 28, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 4, Caps 3 (OT)
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO – Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 4-3 overtime win over the Washington Capitals in a preseason game at the United Center on Saturday.
How it happened: Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw scored the game winner in overtime when he knocked in a puck in front of the net. Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy scored twice, and Jimmy Hayes added a goal. Both of Leddy’s goals were set up by forward Patrick Sharp. The Blackhawks held the Capitals to 15 shots on goal. Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin made 12 saves. The Blackhawks had 35 shots on goal. Mikhail Grabovski, Joel Ward and Marcus Johansson scored for the Capitals.
What it means: The Blackhawks closed out the preseason with a 4-0-2 record. The Blackhawks will make three more cuts in the next few days. Defenseman Ryan Stanton and forward Jeremy Morin did not play on Saturday and are expected to be two of the cuts. The Blackhawks held out goaltender Corey Crawford and forward Marian Hossa for precautionary reasons. Both are expected to play in the season opener.
Player of the game: Leddy led the Blackhawks with three points. He had two goals and an assist.
What’s next: The Blackhawks and Capitals don’t have to wait long to play again. They will face each other again in the season opener at the United Center on Tuesday. The Blackhawks will raise their Stanley Cup banner prior to the game.