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Blackhawks beat Capitals on Shaw's overtime goal

Sunday, 09.29.2013 / 2:10 AM

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Blackhawks beat Capitals on Shaw's overtime goal
Washington Capitals 3, Chicago Blackhawks 4
Three Stars of the Game
Nick Leddy
1st
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 20:29
Patrick Sharp
2nd
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 17:42
Mikhail Grabovski
3rd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:34

Andrew Shaw's goal 1:47 into overtime gave the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 victory against the Washington Capitals in a meeting between two teams that will see each other again Tuesday night -- for real.

Defenseman Nick Leddy scored twice and assisted on a goal by Jimmy Hayes as the Blackhawks took three one-goal leads, only to see the Alex Ovechkin-less Capitals pull even each time. Mikhail Grabovski and Marcus Johansson scored in the second period for Washington and Joel Ward forced overtime when he beat Nikolai Khabibulin with 5:01 remaining in regulation.

The Blackhawks have been trying to get Leddy to shoot more. Saturday's performance might help the coaching staff get through to the 22-year-old.

"Just shooting the puck always creates offense; whether it goes in or it creates a chance for someone else," Leddy said.

Washington, which ended the preseason with a 4-0-4 record, didn't have Ovechkin; he was in Greece carrying the Olympic torch. But he'll be back with the Capitals on Sunday and will be wearing his familiar No. 8 when they take the ice at the United Center on Tuesday night (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN).

"Even when they played us at home, they're a fast team. They're a very good team. They're Stanley Cup champs," Washington coach Adam Oates said. "They're a very good hockey team. We respect them. We didn't play our best tonight and we still got the overtime, so there has to be some silver lining in there."

Other than having trouble holding leads, the Blackhawks looked like a team ready to defend its Stanley Cup; they outshot Washington 37-15 and went 38-24 (61 percent) in the faceoff circle as they finished the preseason with a 4-0-2 record.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:52
CHI
Nick Leddy (1) Snap shot - ASST: Patrick Sharp (1)
1 - 0 CHI
2nd Period
04:48
WSH
Mikhail Grabovski (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Dane Byers (1)
1 - 1 Tie
08:18
CHI
Nick Leddy (2) Slapshot - ASST: Patrick Sharp (2), Ben Smith (1)
2 - 1 CHI
3rd Period
03:42
WSH
Marcus Johansson (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Troy Brouwer (1), Mikhail Grabovski (1)
2 - 2 Tie
06:52
CHI
Jimmy Hayes (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Nick Leddy (1), Andrew Shaw (1)
3 - 2 CHI
14:59
WSH
Joel Ward (1) Tip-in - ASST: Jason Chimera (1), Martin Erat (1)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
01:47
CHI
Andrew Shaw (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Sheldon Brookbank (1), Brandon Saad (1)
4 - 3 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
03:31
CHI
Brandon Bollig  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Michal Cajkovski
03:31
WSH
Michal Cajkovski  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Brandon Bollig
10:29
CHI
Marcus Kruger  Interference on goalkeeper  - 2 min against  Braden Holtby
15:18
CHI
Patrick Sharp  Roughing  - 2 min against  Mathieu Perreault
2nd Period
01:01
WSH
Troy Brouwer  Interference  - 2 min against  Duncan Keith
3rd Period
18:19
WSH
Tom Wilson  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Bryan Bickell
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Braden Holtby
SA: 36TOI: 61:13
GA: 4SV%: .889
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 15TOI: 61:36
GA: 3SV%: .800