Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hoffman Scores Twice, Including OT Winner, as Senators Edge Blackhawks 4-3

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hoffman Scores Twice, Including OT Winner, as Senators Edge Blackhawks 4-3

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Hoffman lifts Senators over Blackhawks


OTTAWA - Patrick Kane may have been the one to hit a milestone Thursday, but Mike Hoffman was the difference maker.

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

The winner came as a relief for Hoffman, who had hit the post in the dying seconds of regulation with the game tied.

"I think I had Crawford beat, but didn't manage to find the back, and then in overtime there's always going to be chances so if that one didn't go in they were probably going to go down to the same thing, two-on-one. That's kind of how three-on-three works," said Hoffman.

Hoffman is now riding an eight-game point streak (8-3-11). While impressive, it pales in comparison to Kane's 21-game point streak.

With a first-period goal, Kane -- who also had two assists -- tied Bobby Hull's franchise-best scoring streak set in 1971-72.

"Right now when you're tied with anything with Bobby Hull it's pretty special considering the career that guy had," said Kane. "But like I said not too worried about it."

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

The Senators played with 11 forwards and seven defencemen due to a number of recent injuries and say they will gain confidence from beating the defending Stanley Cup champions.

"They're still a highly regarded team in the league," said Ryan. "For us to do it banged up, to do it when you're trying to create an identity at home, you hope it can be a rallying point for us."

Artemi Panarin also 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. …

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