They took a quick punch to catch up, fought back to tie Seth Jones’ goal midway through the third period and beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 in a shootout Thursday night. Patrick Kane scored the game-winning shootout, Marc-André Fleury stopped Alex Ovechkin after getting help from his goal posts and Chicago won for the third time in five games.
“We stayed in the fight,” said interim coach Derek King. “It’s a good hockey team: tall, fast, skillful. It was a challenge for us, and they tipped the ice here and there, but we stuck to our game plan.
“We just played as simply as possible. We made some mistakes again where I would have liked to see the pucks go a little deeper, but we stayed in the fight and it was a challenge for us and they took the opportunity. “
The Blackhawks have won seven of 10 games since King took power when Jeremy Colliton was fired. They’ve adopted a tight control mentality that gives them a better chance of winning against more talented competitors, a style that has paid off against Washington.
The Blackhawks could have easily folded when Garnet Hathaway scored barely out of the penalty area on a 57-second breakaway in the third period, but they held firm with the Capitals and were rewarded when Jones fired a laser past Vitek Vanecek with 8:04 left in regular time. .
“Throughout the game we had its ups and downs like any other game, but we held on,” said Jones, whose goal was his third of the season. “We were resilient in the way we wanted to play, and it took us all the way to get the win. “
After surviving extra time, Fleury rubbed each of his goalposts after shots from Evgeny Kuznetsov and Daniel Sprong rang out in the shootout. Kane beat Vanecek for the shootout’s lone goal to bring Washington down to 0-7 this season in games that went beyond regulation.
“We had a couple of guys who hit the post twice,” coach Peter Laviolette said after the Capitals’ first shootout this season. “It’s a game of thumbs. “
The Capitals lost by losing a lead for the second time in two games. They took a 4-1 lead and fell in regulation to Florida on Tuesday and at least emerged with a point this time around.
“In the last two games we made mistakes in the third,” said forward Nic Dowd, who scored in the first and assisted Hathaway’s goal. “I just think we need to tighten that up and realize we don’t need to score another goal. Just keep playing on defense, take out the pucks.
Ovechkin hit the post and missed some of his best chances to score his 750th career goal, but he still had a major impact on the game. He collected the only assist on Kuznetsov’s goal and delivered a big hit to Chicago defenseman Connor Murphy.
The Washington captain now has the same number of goals and assists as part of his 38-point squad in 24 games.
Alex DeBrincat scored his 13th of the season and Dominik Kubalik ended a 15-game drought for Chicago. Fleury stopped 25 of 28 shots he faced in regulation and overtime.
Despite losing Murphy’s last two periods and overtime and finishing with five defensemen, the Blackhawks won in Washington for the first time since Jan. 10, 2006, ending an eight-game slippage.
“I thought we had limited them on a few occasions and we obviously scored on some of our own,” said DeBrincat. “It was a good game overall, and it’s good to win on the road.
REMARKS: The team did not specify what Murphy’s injury was and King did not receive an update afterwards. … Blackhawks forward Josiah Slavin assisted Jones’ goal in his NHL debut. The younger brother of Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin, Josiah got the solo treatment before warm-ups, skating alone before being joined by Fleury and the rest of his teammates. … Capitals goaltender Vitek Vanecek made 25 saves in regulation and overtime. … Winger Daniel Sprong has returned to the Washington roster after being eliminated in good health in the last two games.
Blackhawks: Visit the New York Rangers on Saturday night.
Capitals: Host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night in the second game of a four-game home game.