Blackhawks

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The Blackhawks' seven-game winning streak came to a hault following a 3-2 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals on Friday, but they found a way to pick up another point in their 10th consecutive game. 

The Blackhawks haven't lost in regulation since Oct. 21 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

Let's look at Five Things to take away from Friday's overtime loss before turning the page to Sunday's game, the final one before the Circus Trip:

1. Special teams bails itself out.

After going 5-for-16 (31.25 percent conversion rate) in their previous three games, the Blackhawks' power play entered Friday's contest by scoring just one goal in their last 17 tries in their past four games. They allowed a shorthanded goal on their first of two power play attempts, but quickly responded when Brian Campbell slapped home his second goal of the season 22 seconds later.

The Blackhawks also didn't commit a single penalty in the game for the first time all season after taking at least two penalties in each of their first 14 games.

2. Marian Hossa continues to roll.

Hossa has scored a goal in three straight games, and has seven goals and three assists in his last eight. That puts him at eight goals in 15 games this season, which is already more than halfway to the 13 goals he had in 64 games a year ago. 

"It's inspiring to watch the way he's playing right now," Jonathan Toews said of Hossa. "He's playing with energy and he's just a force. I think he's really just enjoying the game, it looks like he's having fun."

 

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3. Nick Schmaltz demoted, Ryan Hartman promoted.

Nick Schmaltz, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were held to zero shots on goal in the first two periods, prompting coach Joel Quenneville to make a line tweak in the third period. For the second straight game, Schmaltz lost his spot on the top line, this time for Ryan Hartman, who had a plus-5 Corsi.

"He jump all game long, that's why I put him on that group there," Quenneville said of Harman. "We think that Hartzy can bring energy, he can make plays, get to the net and he knows how to do his thing. ... We'll see how it turns out as we're going along here, but certainly Hartzy in the course of a game based on how he's playing, I liked how he responded to that challenge of going up there."

4. Fourth line shines.

Before Ryan Hartman was promoted to the first line, he along with Vincent Hinostroza and Jordin Tootoo owned the best possession numbers among any of the four lines on both sides through the first two periods. Tootoo had a plus-6 Corsi, Hinostroza was a plus-5 and Hartman was a plus-4. Their bottom-six continues to quietly be effective, and Tootoo remains one of eight players in the NHL that has yet to be on the ice for an even-strength goal allowed this season.

5. Blackhawks rely on late game heroics once again.

The Blackhawks channeled some late game magic once again, finding a way to push the game into overtime after Marian Hossa scored the game-tying goal with 23 seconds left in regulation, but found themselves in an all-too familiar position. They now rank second in the league with 20 third-period goals and will certainly take a point, but the Blackhawks know they can't keep waiting till the final frame to turn it up.

"At that point it would be nice to find a way," Jonathan Toews said. "When you come up short you're always going to look at the things you didn't do. I think getting behind against a team like that, the way they play defensively, you can't continue to rely on scoring goals late in games like that. We've just got to focus on playing ahead against a team like that."