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Blackhawks lose Marian Hossa, fall to Ducks in OT

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Blackhawks lose Marian Hossa, fall to Ducks in OT

Home-ice advantage hasn't applied to the Blackhawks in February.

After losing just five home games in regulation during their first 27 games of the season, the Blackhawks dropped their third straight contest at the United Center following a 3-2 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.

To make things worse, Marian Hossa left the game late in the second period with an apparent left leg injury after getting hip-checked by Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm. He did not return, but the Blackhawks don't believe he'll be out long-term.

"Probably know more tomorrow," Coach Joel Quenneville said after the game. "We don't think it's serious, but (he) could miss some time."

[MORE: Blackhawks' Marian Hossa leaves game with apparent leg injury]

His teammates also realize the impact of not having Hossa in the lineup may have on them going forward.

“It’s scary. You never want to see that happen in the game, but he’s going to do whatever he can to get back as quick as he can," Andrew Shaw said. "He’s a great player and you can’t replace a guy like that. We’re going to need him … We’re not doing what we were before. We’re trying to make plays around the blue line instead of chipping pucks in or putting pucks to the net and going to earn it back, so I think that’s a huge part of our game.”

The Blackhawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second period when Brent Seabrook blasted his own rebound past Ducks goaltender John Gibson, who was replaced by Frederik Andersen in the third period due to an upper-body injury, but the Ducks scored three of the next four goals, including the game-winner in overtime by Ryan Getzlaf during a 4-on-3 power play that gave the Ducks their eighth win in the last 10 games.

It also handed the Blackhawks their third consecutive home loss, which is uncharacteristic for a team that has played so well at home (21-7-2) all year long.

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"We just haven't quite had the speed and the momentum, that jump we've been looking for," Jonathan Toews said. "Tonight was a little bit better but I think top to bottom all four lines need to be better. I think when we score and get on the score sheet, everyone responds to that but we have to find ways to motivate ourselves early in games so we can kind of let the game flow for us a little more early on.

"We haven't quite done that the last three games."

With the overtime loss, the Blackhawks slipped to second place in the Central Division after the Stars, who own the tiebreaker between the two teams, picked up an impressive two points against the Washington Capitals. Chicago and Dallas are now tied at 77 points, but the Stars have three games in hand.

While the Blackhawks certainly would have preferred to steal the second point in overtime on Saturday night, they won't complain after being outshot by the Ducks 44-23. Every point is valuable at this time of the season, especially when teams in your division keep winning.

"We'll take a point tonight," Quenneville said. "I don't think we deserved a point, but we'll take it."

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

After being on the receiving end of some racist taunts while he was in the penalty box during Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly spoke publicly about the incident.

Smith-Pelly, a 25-year-old Canadian, reacted to the fans while he was in the box, going up to them from the other side of the glass. He addressed questions from the media about the incident on Sunday.

"I just heard some chanting, some, I guess, racially charged chanting," Smith-Pelly said. "You can tell by my reaction that I got pretty upset.

"What was said this time around crossed the line."

The Capitals released a statement about the incident:

"The Washington Capitals are extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior extended toward Devante Smith-Pelly by a select group of fans during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. The Capitals organization strives to be inclusive and has zero tolerance concerning any form of racism. Such behavior is unacceptable and has no place in hockey or society. As such, it is crucial to confront such appalling conduct, and the Capitals extend their appreciation to the Blackhawks organization and United Center security for swiftly removing the fans from the game."

The Blackhawks released a statement after the game with a similar tone.

Smith-Pelly said this has happened previously in his career.

"It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing over and over," Smith-Pelly said. "It's sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You'd think there'd be some sort of change or progression, but we're still working towards it I guess and we're going to keep working towards it."

The Capitals released the full interview.

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

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Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident: