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NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Ottawa



(Saturday, December 22nd)

Final Score: Chicago 4, Ottawa 3 (OT)

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Jonathan Toews scored 2:07 into overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place.

Patrick Sharp intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and skated into Ottawa's zone up the left boards. Sharp then cut towards the net and dished a pass to a streaking Toews, who slid the puck past Ray Emery to give Chicago the extra point.

"It was a quick turnover and I just tried to go hard to the net and try to give Sharpie some time to get the d-man to back off, but he said he was looking for me the whole way so I just put my stick on the ice and was able to get the shot off," explained Toews.

Toews also had two assists in regulation while Sharp scored in the third period for the Blackhawks, who have won two straight.

Nikolai Khabibulin made 26 saves in the victory while Martin Havlat, who spent his first five seasons in the league with the Sens, made his return to Ottawa for the first time since being traded and failed to pick up a point.

"This was a good win for us obviously," said Havlat. "Ottawa is such a good team. But tonight our young guys came through for us and our goaltending was fantastic. This is a big two points for our hockey club."

Dany Heatley scored twice while Emery ended with 25 saves for the Senators, who have lost two in a row.

Dean McAmmond's short-handed goal gave the Senators the early lead 5:48 into the opening period. McAmmond intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and flew into Chicago's zone up the left wing. From the left circle, McAmmond cut across into the slot and backhanded the disc past Khabibulin.

The Blackhawks evened the score less than two minutes later as Martin Lapointe tallied his second goal of the season.

Ottawa regained its lead at 10:43 of the first after Heatley deflected Wade Redden's shot from the point past Khabibulin for his 21st goal of the campaign.

Heatley found the back of the net for the second time of the game 2:46 into the second stanza to give the Sens a two-goal lead. From the right circle, Shean Donovan centered a pass to a streaking Heatley, who deked down low and slipped a backhander home.

A power-play goal by Brent Seabrook at 7:21 of the second made it 3-2. From the right point, Dustin Byfuglien slid a pass across to Seabrook and he one- timed the feed past a sliding Emery.

At 11:07 of the second, Sharp had a great chance to even the score, but he fired a snap shot wide on his first-career penalty shot opportunity.

Sharp was able to make up for the miss by tying the game just 38 seconds into the third stanza with his 17th goal of the season.

Game Notes

The Blackhawks have won four of five and five of the last seven meetings with the Sens...Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson had a 10-game point streak come to an end...Chicago ended 2-for-5 on the power play while Ottawa did not score in five chances with the man advantage.

12/23 00:02:03 ET


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