Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Blackhawks Fall To Phaneuf, Senators, 4-3

The Ottawa Senators (19-11-3, 41pts) hadn't won at the United Center since 2001, when Marian Hossa scored...for the Senators.  Tonight, it was 2 goals scored in 10 seconds and a power play goal by Dion Phaneuf, all in the 2nd period, that gave Ottawa a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks (22-9-4). 

The Blackhawks once again were playing catch up early on as Bobby Ryan scored his 7th goal of the year to give the Sens a 1-0 lead, 4:30 into the game.  Artemi Panarin would tie the game with his very familiar one-timer on the power play.

Then the wheels fell off for the Hawks 7:31 into the period when Derick Brassard and Tom Pyatt would tally for the Sens in 10 seconds to give them a 3-1 cushion before Tyler Motte scored his 4th of the year to break a 14 game pointless streak, and bring the game to 3-2.

The Blackhawks were called for five penalties on the night, and it was the third penalty where Ottawa cashed in as a shot from Kyle Turris grazed off of Phaneuf and past Scott Darling (26 saves) to put the Senators up 4-2.

Richard Panik would make the 3rd period interesting as as a friendly bounce was put into the back of the net 1:32 into the 3rd to bring the Hawks to within one.  Marcus Kruger would draw a penalty shot, but Senators' goalie, Mike Condon (23 saves), stopped him.  Panik rang a shot off the post late in the game and Jonathan Toews had a loose puck in the crease, but could not come up with the equalizer.

Notable Mentions: Marian Hossa left early in the 1st period and did not return to the game.  His status is an (upper body) injury and is questionable for Friday's game against Colorado.  Brent Seabrook's assist on Panarin's PPG was his 300th of his career.  Artemi Panarin extended his point streak to 7 games (5G 7A - 12pts).  Corey Crawford, out since December 3rd from an emergency appendectomy surgery, may return Friday.

3 Stars of the Game 
1st - OTT - Dion Phaneuf ~ 1G
2nd - OTT - Bobby Ryan ~ (1G 1A)
3rd - CHI - Patrick Kane ~ 2A

Next Game: Friday, December 23rd, Home vs. Colorado Avalanche (11-19-1, 23 pts), 7:30PM CT, TV-CSN-CH, Radio - WGN720-AM


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