The Blackhawks came into Tuesday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators having won six of their last seven games. Chicago hadn’t allowed a power play goal in any of those seven games.
Per @SunGarrioch, the Senators have not won in Chicago since 2001.
Marian Hossa scored in that game. For Ottawa. #Blackhawks
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) December 21, 2016
Ottawa didn’t care about any of those streaks. The visitors came out of the gates firing and got on the board first when Bobby Ryan beat Scott Darling at 4:30 into the first.
Marc Methot was kind enough to trip Jordin Tootoo at 10:14, and the Hawks took advantage 63 seconds into the power play. Artemi Panarin, who continues to be as hot as any scorer in the entire NHL, unloaded a one-timer for his 15th of the season.
The primary assist on the play went to Brent Seabrook, the 300th of his career.
Chicago was out-shot 15-9 in the first, but the period ended with the score tied at one.
Unfortunately, when the second period began the Blackhawks announced somewhat surprisingly that Marian Hossa would not return to the game. Hossa took five shifts and skated only 2:53 with his last shift ending with 5:21 remaining in the period.
Ottawa came out of the room and took it to the Blackhawks again in the second period.
Jonathan Toews went to the box 5:30 into the second and, though his teammates were able to kill the penalty, Derick Brassard scored his seventh of the season one second after Toews returned to give the Sens a lead.
Ten second later, Tom Pyatt scored his fourth of the year and the Senators had successfully blitzed the Hawks into a two-goal deficit.
With Hossa out of the lineup and Artem Anisimov missing his second straight game, coach Joel Quenneville turned on the line blender and got some success 12 minutes into the middle frame. Ryan Hartman joined Vinnie Hinostoza and Tyler Motte and the three combined on a tremendous rush – and Motte finally got back on the board.
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The assist was Hinostroza’s fourth point in his last three games. He had four points in the first 23 games of the season before catching fire lately.
Motte’s fourth of the season got the Hawks back to within one, and he led the Blackhawks with three hits through two periods. But a power play goal off the leg of Dion Phaneuf less than three minutes later pushed Ottawa’s lead back to two.
Ottawa held a 26-15 shot advantage through 40 minutes.
Trailing by two and without two top-six forwards the Blackhawks were going to shorten their rotation in the third. But Ottawa did them a favor early.
The Sens were going to be short-handed but the Hawks were able to get a sixth skater on the ice. Chicago enjoyed a long 6-on-5 advantage without Ottawa able to gain control, and were able to cut into the lead when a shot by Patrick Kane broke his stick and sent the puck to an open Richard Panik.
Panik’s ninth of the season cut the lead to 4-3 only 103 seconds into the third.
When Hartman went to the box late in the third with the Hawks still chasing one, Marcus Kruger got a short-handed breakaway and was taken down by Phaneuf. Kruger was awarded his first career penalty shot, but was denied.
Later on the PK, Quenneville sent Kane and Panarin out for a short-handed shift each and the Hawks were able to successfully kill of the Sens advantage. Darling went to the bench for the extra attacker with two minutes left in regulation. The Hawks were able to move the puck and had a couple good looks but weren’t able to score a tying marker, and the win streak ended at five games.
Kruger led the Hawks with three blocked shots and won 10 of 16 faceoffs. Jonathan Toews won 11 of 19 faceoffs but continues to be snakebit in the goal scoring area.
The Blackhawks are off until hosting Colorado on Friday night.
Quenneville said Hossa is day-to-day with and upper-body injury. He's questionable for Friday. #Blackhawks
— Eric Lear (@BHTVeric) December 21, 2016