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Hoffman scores twice, including OT winner, as Senators edge Blackhawks 4-3

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OTTAWA - Mike Hoffman scored his second goal of the game 30 seconds into overtime as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 Thursday night.

Bobby Ryan and Mark Stone also scored for the Senators (13-7-5) as Craig Anderson, making his ninth straight start, stopped 35 shots.

Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin each had a goal and two assists for Chicago (13-9-4) and Artem Anisimov had a goal and a helper. Corey Crawford made 23 saves.

With the game tied 2-2, Stone gave the Senators the lead at the three-minute mark of the third as he was able to bat the puck out of mid-air and tuck it in behind Crawford to the awe of the 17,171 on hand at Canadian Tire Centre.

However, the Blackhawks were able to tie things midway through the period as Kane dropped the puck back behind the Senators net and Anisimov scored from a sharp angle.

The second period belonged to the Blackhawks after falling behind 2-0.

Chicago made it a one-goal game as Kane scored his 16th of the season with the Blackhawks enjoying a two-man advantage.

With the goal Kane tied Bobby Hull's franchise record 21-game point streak set in 1971-72.

Chicago tied the game at the 16-minute mark as Panarin was able to get into the slot unchallenged and beat Anderson shorthanded, with Kane picking up an assist on the goal.

Hossa nearly made it 3-2 as he had a breakaway late in the period, but Anderson was able to just get a piece of the puck and keep it on the goal line.

The Senators were clearly the better team in the opening 20 minutes and were able to jump out to a 2-0 lead.

Hoffman extended his scoring streak to eight games as he picked up his team-leading 12th goal in the opening minutes of the game.

The Senators then made it 2-0 with a power-play goal from Ryan. Stone created the perfect screen and Ryan was able to find an opening to beat Crawford.

Notes: The Senators will be without LW Milan Michalek for at least two weeks (broken index finger). C Mika Zibanejad also missed the game with an upper-body injury.

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