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Blackhawks Outlast Caps in Shootout

Wth the score tied at the end of the second period, the Chicago Blackhawks took a quick punch to fall behind, fought back to tie it on Seth Jones' goal midway through the third period and beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 in a shootout Thursday night. Patrick Kane scored the shootout winner, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped Alex Ovechkin after getting some help from his goalposts and Chicago won for the third time in five games.


The Blackhawks have won seven of 10 games since King took over when Jeremy Colliton was fired. They've embraced a tight-checking mentality that gives them better chances to win against more talented competition, a style that paid off against Washington.


The Blackhawks easily could have folded when Garnet Hathaway scored fresh out of the penalty box on a breakaway 57 seconds into the third, but they hung right with the Capitals and were rewarded when Jones fired a laser past Vitek Vanecek with 8:04 left in regulation.


After surviving overtime, Fleury rubbed each of his goalposts after shots from Evgeny Kuznetsov and Daniel Sprong rang off each one in the shootout. Kane beat Vanecek for the only goal of the shootout to drop Washington to 0-7 this season in games that have gone beyond regulation.


The Capitals lost by blowing a lead for the second time in two games. They coughed up a 4-1 lead and fell in regulation at Florida on Tuesday and at least emerged with a point this time.


Ovechkin hit the post and missed high on a couple of his best opportunities to score his 750th career goal, but he still made a major impact on the game. He picked up the only assist on Kuznetsov's goal and delivered a big, momentum-shifting hit on Chicago defenseman Connor Murphy.


Washington captain now has the same number of goals and assists as part of his team-leading 38 points through 24 games.


Alex DeBrincat scored his 13th of the season, and Dominik Kubalik ended a 15-game goal drought for Chicago. Fleury stopped 25 of the 28 shots he faced in regulation and overtime.


Despite losing Murphy for the final two periods and overtime and finishing with five defensemen, the Blackhawks won in Washington for the first time since Jan. 10, 2006, ending an eight-game skid.


The Blackhawks visit the New York Rangers on Saturday night.

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