Goaltender Jeff Hackett stopped 16 of 17 Ottawa shots and Greg Johnson and Alex Zhamnov scored second-period goals Friday night to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 victory over the Senators.
The Blackhawks, 5-1-1 in their last seven games, improved to 29-31-12 and moved into sole possession of sixth place in the National Hockey League's Western Conference standings.The Senators, who got a power-play goal from Shawn McEachern, are 1-3-2 in their last six contests. Ottawa dropped to 28-31-12, but remained in eighth place in the NHL's Eastern Conference.
The best chance in a scoreless first period occurred in the waning seconds when Ottawa's Alexei Yashin set up Chris Murray at the doorstep. However, the puck rolled off Murray's stick.
Johnson opened the scoring, batting his own rebound past the outstretched left pad of Ottawa goalie Damian Rhodes at :32 of the second period.
The goalmouth flurry began when Tony Amonte deflected Zhamnov's pass. Rhodes stopped that attempt, as well as Johnson's first swat at the puck. Zhamnov made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 17:08.
SABRES 1, OILERS 0: At Edmonton, Alberta, Dominik Hasek stopped 20 shots to earn his 12th shutout of the season as Buffalo posted its third consecutive road victory.
Miroslav Satan scored the lone goal and the Sabres moved into a tie for fourth place in the Eastern Conference with Boston. Buffalo has 11 games left, Boston 12.
Hasek moved within three shutouts of Tony Esposito's single-season league record.