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BLACKHAWKS EDGE SENATORS, 2-1

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.

"We were smart with the puck and there were less turnovers," said Chicago coach Craig Hartsburg. "Any chances they got tonight, they had to earn."

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.

"When you've got a chance to shoot, you've got to shoot and crash the net for rebounds," McEachern added. "We didn't do that."

"(Chicago) did a good job defensively, but we've got to do a better job of battling through," said Ottawa coach Jacques Martin.

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. With Rhodes sprawled on the ice, he whipped in a high shot from a sharp angle left of the net.

Ottawa's McEachern replied with a power-play tip-in at 19:05 to cut the Blackhawks' lead to 2-1. Although tied up in front of the Chicago crease, McEachern managed to redirect Igor Kravchuk's shot from the right point past Hackett.

Chicago's Eric Daze was sent flying head over heels by a low shoulder check from Kravchuk at 15:02 of the second period. Daze, who leads the Blackhawks with 30 goals, played one more shift in the second period, but was not on the bench in the tightly-played, scoreless third frame.

According to Hartsburg, Daze was not seriously injured, but had "general soreness all over."

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