Chicago
Blackhawks
20-43-11-8
Washington
Capitals
23-46-10-3

32 SOG
30 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
CHI
WSH
game recap

Chicago Blackhawks 4, Washington Capitals 3 FINAL

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:27 AM

Associated Press

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Chicago Blackhawks 4, Washington Capitals 3 FINAL
Chicago Blackhawks 4, Washington Capitals 3

WASHINGTON (AP) _ When it became crowded in front of the net, the Chicago Blackhawks got what they were looking for _ a power-play goal by Tuomo Ruuttu against the Washington Capitals.

Ruuttu made his second goal of the game a winner Friday night. He knocked the rebound of a shot by Bryan Berard past Olaf Kolzig with 6:22 remaining, giving the Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over the Capitals.

With the game tied after Brian Willsie's short-handed goal, Chicago was given another chance on the power play. Berard, who had earlier scored on a five-on-three in the second period, sent a shot to the front that Ruuttu slipped behind Kolzig.

The gave Chicago its first win in seven games.

``You've got to have traffic in front,'' Blackhawks coach Brian Sutter said. ``You can have God in goal, but if you can't see what's coming at him, it might go between his legs.''

Jason Strudwick also scored for Chicago, which has a power-play goal in eight straight games.

Jeff Halpern scored on the power play in the first period for Washington, but the Capitals couldn't solve Adam Munro on a five-on-three inside the final two minutes.

Munro finished with 27 saves for his first NHL victory, becoming the fifth Chicago goaltender to win a game this season.

``On a five-on-three you have to score,'' Halpern said. ``As good or bad as you play, you have to score on that. It cost us at least a tie.''

Ruuttu's goals gave the Blackhawks their only leads of the night.

He also broke a 2-2 tie when he hustled to keep the puck in the attacking zone. Tyler Arnason collected the puck but lost control of in front of the net. The loose puck ended up right on the stick of Ruuttu, who beat Kolzig for his 16th goal of the season.

``I feel like I can do much more than I could earlier in the year,'' Ruuttu said. ``I'm more inside of the game right now. It must come to you. If you think about it too much, it never comes to you.''

The Blackhawks needed to find some offense in the second period after being held with a shot for more than 14 minutes in the first.

Strudwick scored at 2:50 in the second period to offset Halpern's first-period goal. Berard's goal on a two-man advantage tied the game at 2.

``You score two goals in the league this time of year you should have a chance to win the game,'' Sutter said. ``Three goals should guarantee you a win''

Stephen Peat's fourth goal of the season, at 9:09 of the second period, gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead.

scoring summary
1st Period
13:39
WSH
PPG - Jeff Halpern (13) Tip-in - ASST: Alexander Semin (9), Kip Miller (15)
1 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
02:50
CHI
Jason Strudwick (1) Slapshot - ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
09:09
WSH
Stephen Peat (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Brooks Laich (1), Owen Fussey (1)
2 - 1 WSH
11:18
CHI
PPG - Bryan Berard (13) Slapshot - ASST: Deron Quint (6), Tyler Arnason (27)
2 - 2 Tie
16:33
CHI
Tuomo Ruutu (16) Snap shot - ASST: Tyler Arnason (28)
3 - 2 CHI
3rd Period
06:48
WSH
SHG - Brian Willsie (6) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 3 Tie
13:38
CHI
PPG - Tuomo Ruutu (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Bryan Berard (28), Tyler Arnason (29)
4 - 3 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
06:31
CHI
Travis Moen  Boarding against  Rick Berry
06:31
CHI
Travis Moen  Fighting (maj) against  Rick Berry
06:31
WSH
Rick Berry  Fighting (maj) against  Travis Moen
12:28
CHI
Matt Keith  Hi-sticking against  Brooks Laich
2nd Period
03:38
CHI
Deron Quint  Holding against  Dainius Zubrus
05:42
CHI
Mark Bell  Roughing against  Alexander Semin
05:42
CHI
Jim Vandermeer  Fighting (maj) against  Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre
05:42
WSH
Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre  Fighting (maj) against  Jim Vandermeer
08:45
WSH
Rick Berry  Fighting (maj) against  Travis Moen
08:45
CHI
Travis Moen  Fighting (maj) against  Rick Berry
09:24
WSH
Matt Pettinger  Holding against  Jason Strudwick
11:07
WSH
Josef Boumedienne  Holding against  Brett McLean
3rd Period
05:58
WSH
Joel Kwiatkowski  Holding the stick against  Jim Vandermeer
12:27
WSH
Brad Norton  Roughing
17:08
CHI
Igor Korolev  Interference against  Dainius Zubrus
17:40
CHI
Johnathan Aitken  Cross checking against  Jeff Halpern
18:55
CHI
Scott Nichol  Slashing against  Dainius Zubrus
18:55
WSH
Dainius Zubrus  Slashing against  Scott Nichol
goalie stats
Adam Munro
Adam Munro
SA: 30TOI: 59:55
Saves: 27EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 1
Olie Kolzig
SA: 32TOI: 59:18
Saves: 28EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 12
SV%: .875SH: 2 - 2