Mike Hoffman played the spoiler on Patrick Kane's record-tying night, scoring the game-winning goal 30 seconds into overtime as the Senators edged the Blackhawks 4-3 in a see-saw battle. It was fitting Hoffman notched the GWG, his second tally of the night, after hitting the crossbar as time expired.
Kane entered the Blackhawks record book, tying Bobby Hull's 1971-72 mark for points in consecutive games with 21. The NHL's leading point-getter with 41 scored a power play goal 3:27 into the second period - sending a shot through the wickets of former Blackhawks goalie Craig Anderson.
Kane was honored to tie the legend's record, "When you're tied with anything with Bobby Hull, it's pretty special considering the career that guy had."
A Blackhawks too many men penalty turned out to be costly as Senators forward Mark Stone batted the puck out of mid-air off a rebound giving his team a 3-2 at the 3:54 mark of the third period.
Artem Anisimov sent the game into overtime finishing off a highlight reel behind-the-back pass from Kane.
The line of Artemi Panarin, Anisimov and Kane dominated at times, combining for eight points. Panarin once again showed why he's a serious Calder Trophy candidate as he matched Kane's output notching one goal and two assists. The rookie's marker evened the score at 2.
The Blackhawks are now winless in three games, but the game appeared lopsided in their favor at times. The club outshot the Senators 38-27. Surprisingly Niklas Hjalmarrsson led the way with five.
Among his 35 saves Park Ridge native Anderson made several quality stops. Panarin off a cross-crease pass from Kane; a tough shot by Teuvo Teravainen and a Marian Hossa breakway attempt that almost eked over the red line. Andrew Shaw a couple of chances that he couldn't bury, while Jonathan Toews rang one off the crossbar himself in the third period.
Despite the loss coach Joel Quenneville thought his team played well.
"We had a great four-line rotation going in the second period," he said. "We had great opportunities to score. That's what we're looking for."
Quenneville on Kane's impressive run, "He's been doing it game-in, game-out, shift-in, shift-out. He's been fun to watch. He makes plays that wow you. Fans, he entertains them, whether it's at home or on the road."
Fans were barely settled in their seats before Senators Mike Hoffman opened the scoring 1:32 into the game with a blast over Corey Crawford's glove. Hoffman, one of the game's rising stars, is on a streak of his own. His three-point night gave him 11 points (eight goals and three assists) in just six games.
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With Hossa in the box, Bobby Ryan gave the Senators a 2-0 lead on a power play screen shot. Crawford was slow to react. The netminder may have been lulled to sleep after a 10-minute delay to repair a hole in the lower boards behind the Blackhawks net.
Ryan scored just 26 seconds after play resumed.
Strangely enough, the Blackhawks have now played nine overtime games and none have gone to a shootout.
Michal Rozsival appeared in his 900th regular season game. Quite an accomplishment for the 37 year-old whose career almost ended in May when he broke his ankle.
Kane will have an opportunity to pass Hull and extend his streak to 22 games Sunday at home versus the Winnipeg Jets.