CHICAGO – Nick Schmaltz scored the deciding goal in the seventh round of the shootout to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night, only their second victory in 11 games.
Schmaltz fired a wrist shot between the legs of Mike Condon after Patrick Kane and rookie Alex DeBrincat connected earlier in the tiebreaker. Matt Duchene and Mike Hoffman scored in the shootout for the Senators, who lost their second straight.
Kane scored his team-leading 23rd goal and set up Artem Anisimov’s 16th in regulation for the Hawks. Anton Forsberg stopped 32 shots through overtime and five of seven in the shootout, including final stop on Mark Stone.
Duchene and Zack Smith scored for the Senators in regulation, Stone had two assists, and Condon finished with 36 saves through overtime.
The Hawks’ Joel Quenneville coached his 1,600th NHL game. Only Scotty Bowman and Al Arbour have coached more.
The Senators and last-place Blackhawks, two teams well out of playoff contention heading into the NHL’s trade deadline on Monday, both played their first of three games in four nights.
Kane opened the scoring at 14:19 of the first after taking a drop pass from Vinnie Hinostroza and firing from the slot. The puck slithered under Condon was crossing the goal line before Kane followed through and slammed it in.
Smith tied it at 1-all 1:37 later on a tip-in from the left side of the crease. Derick Brassard set him up with a slick cross-ice pass from the right circle.
Anisimov slipped to the net, tipped in Kane’s feed from the right side and put the Hawks back ahead, 2-1, at 5:52 of the second.
Duchene replied 6:09 later on a rising shot from slot that ticked off defenseman Jordan Oesterle and landed in the upper right corner of the net.
Neither team generated sustained pressure in the scoreless third, although both had a handful of chances in the final minutes. The Hawks failed to convert a power play – one of only three man advantages for both teams combined – late in the period.
The Senators had the better chances in overtime. Erik Karlsson and Ryan Dzingel missed on close-in attempts, and Forsberg got a glove on a shot by Thomas Chabot that then ticked off the post.
Hawks forward Anthony Duclair was back in the lineup after sitting out two games. Hawks forward Patrick Sharp and forward Lance Bouma were scratches. ... Ottawa LW Ryan Dzingel, who has 15 goals in his second full NHL season, returned after missing two games due to a family matter in his hometown of suburban Wheaton, Illinois. ... The Senators’ bus was involved in a minor accident en route to the United Center for the game. No one was injured. ... F Alexandre Burrows and D Ben Harpur sat out for Ottawa.
Senators: Host Tampa Bay on Thursday night.
Blackhawks: Host San Jose on Friday night.