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Blackhawks Blow Second Straight Game, Lose 4-3 in OT Against Capitals

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 02:  Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates against John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders on March 2, 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Isles defeated the Hawks 5-3.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Tyler JuranovichCorrespondent IIIMarch 14, 2010

Another game and another collapse for the Blackhawks this weekend. After giving up two goals, one being the eventually game winner, to the Flyers last Saturday, the Hawks found themselves up 3-0 against the Washington Capitals going into the third period only to give up three goals in the third, taking the game into OT.

It didn't get any better for the Hawks.

A little over three minutes into OT Nicklas Backstrom lit up the red light with his 28th of the season, propelling the Capitals over the Hawks.

"We've got the most skill in the league, on any team," Toews said. "There's no reason, up 3-0, we can't go out and finish the team off."

Alexander Ovechkin was kicked out of the game after a hit he put on Hawks' defensemen, Brian Campbell. It's not sure if Ovechkin will receive any more kind of discipline. It was a dangerous hit that has put Campbell on the injury list. He will miss the Hawks' three game road trip.

"I don't think it was a real good check. He just kind of fell and it was a dangerous moment. It was not a hard hit. I just wanted to push him," Ovechkin said.

"The league will do what they do," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville. "Soupy [Campbell] is going to be out for a bit here. It was a dangerous hit."

The recent defense collapses has Hawks' fans uneasy on their chances this post-season. It's something that has to be fixed or the Hawks will not make it past the first round.

It's time to stop blaming the goaltenders for everything and start to look at the players in front of them. The Hawks are a good enough team that they should never let a team, even they are the leagues most scoring team, score four unanswered goals in less than 25 minutes.

Hopefully this just a minor slip up and won't become an ongoing trend during this last stretch of the season.

*Game notes: Blackhawks' Marian Hossa was a scratch for the game against the Capitals and is labeled as having an upper body injury.

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