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Bad goals sink Blackhawks, Tampa Bay wins 6-5 in OT

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Most NHL teams wouldn't have a chance of winning a game when their goaltender allows three bad goals in regulation. But the Blackhawks are different.

They survived three Nikolai Khabibulin miscues but his fourth botched save in overtime was the final straw. On a bizarre evening in Tampa Bay, the Lightning skated away with a 6-5 victory.

Khabibulin was a big reason for the defeat but his teammates weren't firing on all cylinders. The Lightning scored a shorthanded goal after four Blackhawks got caught deep in the offensive zone. Defenseman Michal Rozsival had his second poor performance in a row. The on a game, off two game rotation Rozsival has been on hasn't helped him find his best stride. Rozsival is making both mental and physical mistakes, Thursday night besides Khabibulin he had the poorest performance.

The Lightning scored an own goal at 18:11 of the third period which caused the game to go to OT. It appeared the hockey gods were smiling on Chicago as Jonathan Toews was credited with the tally because he was the last Blackhawk to touch the puck.

The good fortune didn't last long as another soft goal by Khabibulin sealed the deal for Tampa. Although Khabibulin gave up a bad rebound on a weak shot it also appeared Niklas Hjalmarsson and Patrick Kane may have been caught out of position as well.

So it is probably correct to say the Hawks were lucky to pick up one point in Tampa but they may have gotten the worst of questionable calls that cost a goal.

Victor Hedman tied the game at four on a controversial play at the 11:03 mark of the third period. Steven Stamkos skated into the goal crease on his own, and then Rozsival gave him a shove in the back. The end result was Khabibulin was interfered with and was not able to make the save. Stamkos went into the blue paint before Rozsival made contact and didn't make an attempt to get out of the way of Khabibulin. It was a tough call for the officials on the ice and they were really not to blame.

If the call was missed, this one is on the NHL.

Commissioner Gary Bettman is quick to brag his league was the first major sport to use video replay. But 1991 was a long time ago and by now one would think the NHL would have the video replay protocol down pat. Not so, as fuzzy NHL logics doesn't allow for replays to be used on all goal-scoring plays.

If goaltender interference is debatable on a scoring play it is not looked at in the War Room in Toronto. If video replay is going to be part of the sport, all scoring plays should automatically be reviewed. Goaltender interference is not a reviewable infraction even when a goal is scored and that doesn't make much sense.

The good news for Blackhawk faithful is their favorite club picked up three of a possible four points in Florida. It was also the first time since opening night the Hawks scored a goal in the third period. After playing 10 games and while scoring third period goals in only two contests, 15 of 20 possible points have been captured.

The schedule will soon take a big shift.

The Blackhawks return to home ice on Saturday to face the Wild and then travel to Minnesota for a return match on Monday night. The month concludes with the Senators skating into the United Center on Tuesday evening.

When November begins, the Hawks will start a stretch of 18 consecutive games versus Western Conference foes. It would be fair to say they will have to play with more consistency to have as much success in coming weeks.

Al's Shots

Defenseman Michael Kostka suffered a lower body injury earlier in the week at practice. Kostka was doing extra work after the morning skate on Tuesday when injured. No word on what the injury was but Kostka is due to miss 4-6 weeks.

Normally this would not be a serious loss as the team was carrying eight defensemen but so far Rozisval hasn't looked good at all. On the bright side Sheldon Brookbank has been playing his best hockey since signing in Chicago.

Khabibulin will have to step his game up as the schedule gets more congested next month.

It is interesting Joel Quenneville uses an Andrew Shaw-Kane rotation in overtime. But Quenneville hasn't been receptive to trying Shaw at second line center.

Kane (-6) and Toews (-1) are the only two Chicago forwards on the wrong side of the plus-minus stat.

Both Kane and Toews recorded a goal and an assist versus Tampa. They also led the game with seven shots each.

Kane picked up his play after the Hawks were down by two goals and was flying. That said he still finished a -3 on the night.

I will be back on Sunday morning and you can follow me on Twitter @AlCimaglia.

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