WASHINGTON—If there has been one player who has personified the struggles the Blackhawks have gone through this season it's Kyle Calder.
Normally rock-solid and dependable, this season has been a constant battle for Calder, who is a minus-7 in his last six games and minus-12 overall.
But it was Calder, driving hard to the net two minutes into overtime Tuesday night, who ended the Hawks' 10-game losing streak. Tyler Arnason's pass deflected off the shaft of Calder's stick and past Washington goaltender Olaf Kolzig to give the Hawks a 4-3 victory.
"We got a lucky break but we'll take it, especially right now," Calder said.
The play was reviewed to see if Calder had kicked the puck into the net. All of the Capitals players waited on the bench for the review while the Hawks couldn't get off the ice fast enough, their prior experience with video replay one they would rather not repeat.
Even in victory, something the Hawks haven't experienced since Dec. 16, the Hawks struggled. Tuesday they watched a 3-0 lead disappear to force the overtime.
Matthew Barnaby, Radim Vrbatahis first as a Hawkand Jaroslav Spacek scored to put the Hawks up 3-0 three minutes into the second period.
But when Brendan Witt scored his first goal of the season off Adam Munro at 11:19 of the second, the tide began to turn. Goals by Alexander Ovechkin and Brian Sutherby evened it up.
In the end, however, the streak is over, leaving the 1950-51 team and it's 12-game skid safe.
"You think about it every day," Calder said of the losing streak. "You never think you can lose that many in a row. It sure adds up in a hurry."