WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Maybe it was the wrong decision to play Brian Campbell after all. Campbell, seen in a walking boot at the White House on Friday, lasted just over a period before sitting out the rest of the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-3 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday.
When Brent Seabrook took a fighting major late in the second period, it put the Hawks in a precarious position. They played nearly the first seven minutes of the third with four defensemen, and it caught up with them.
"That was tough," Duncan Keith said. "It wears on you, especially with a team like them. They have a lot of speed and guys that can do a good job cycling the puck and playing down low."
Joel Quenneville was hopeful for a whistle to get Seabrook out of the penalty box, but it never came. Instead, the Capitals scored their third goal, and the extra time on ice contributed to an exhausting afternoon for all the blue-liners. Keith played 30:42 and was on the ice again for the overtime winner by Mike Knuble.
"It was a good play by him," Keith said. "It was at the end of our shift there, it's late in the game. It's tough going. I made a turnover there trying to make a play to [Chris] Campoli and it goes the other way and we're caught."
So looking back, was it a good idea for Seabrook, in his first altercation of the season, to engage Jason Chimera, knowing the Hawks were already down to five defensemen?
"You could argue about the way it began," Joel Quenneville said. "I don't think he was interested, or we would want him to get into an altercation, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do."
Quenneville is right. Chimera started it, but avoiding it at all costs may have been the better route to take.
Ask any coach which has more meaning to a game: a short-handed score against his team or a power-play goal for? Most will say the shorthanded goal is more demoralizing than a power play tally is uplifting.
"I find shorties take a lot out of your team," Quenneville said. "We had the start we were looking for and all of a sudden they get the building going and it's disruptive for our power play."
Up 1-0 and going on the man advantage the Hawks were on the verge of taking control of the game. But Patrick Sharp misplayed a puck at the Capitals' blue line and Boyd Gordon scored on the ensuing play the other way.
"He might have put himself in a tight area," Quenneville said of Sharp.
It was just the third short-handed goal the Hawks have given up this season.
After missing practice for two days and wearing a walking boot on his left foot, Brian Campbell played just eight shifts in the game. Quenneville declared him day-to-day and his status for Monday's game against San Jose has yet to be determined.
Both Patrick Kane's and Alexander Ovechkin's seven-game point streaks were snapped. Kane had three shots on net and three blocked. Ovechkin had six shots on goal. His centerman, Marcus Johansson had seven. The Hawks were outshot 42-30.
Jonathan Toews, on a mediocre afternoon by his team: "I think we were just watching each other. No one was playing well enough away from the puck. You can't just be watching the puck ... whether we have it or not. Everyone has to be anticipating and reacting. We weren't moving our feet around away from the puck."