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Blackhawks edge Senators in shootout

Jan 8, 2011 - 6:41 AM
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jonathan Toews scored the game-winning goal in the shootout to lift Chicago past Ottawa, 3-2.

Toews beat Senators goaltender Brian Elliot just past his left leg to put the hosts up in the shootout, and Ottawa failed to score as its last shooter, Daniel Alfredsson, hit the left post to end the game.

Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp tallied in regulation for the Blackhawks, who avoided a fifth loss in six games. Corey Crawford made 24 saves for the victors.

"It's a big win, especially in front of the home crowd," said Kane. "It's huge in the overall standings, too. You get a win and you're right back there in playoff contention."

Alfredsson posted a regulation goal and an assist and Milan Michalek chipped in with a goal as Ottawa dropped its fourth straight contest. Elliot finished the game with 24 saves.

"I don't think we can hang our heads on this one," said Elliot. "We just have to have confidence. We played a good game in a tough building against a good team."

After a scoreless first period, Alfredsson made it a 1-0 game less than a minute into the second with a booming shot from the top of the right faceoff circle.

Sharp scored the equalizer just three minutes later off a deflection from Brian Campbell's shot from the right point.

Kane gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 edge at the 7:50 mark of the third period when he took advantage of a Senators' neutral ice turnover and he raced down the right side and fired a wrister between Elliot's legs.

The Senators sent the game into overtime with just 1:25 remaining in regulation when Michalek picked up a lose puck from the top of the crease and backhanded into the open net.

Game Notes

Sharp netted his 150th career goal...There was just one penalty in the game when Blackhawks Duncan Keith was called for hooking at the end of the first period.