The Chicago Blackhawks ended a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night despite scoring an own goal.
Going in to the game on the back of three disappointing defeats, the defending Stanley Cup champions got no luck in their power play.
With the Oilers taking another penalty, the referee was just waiting for them to touch up the puck when Patrick Kane threw it towards the point to set up a cycle.
But with no one at the point and goaltender Antti Raanta scrambling back to the bench, the puck agonizingly ricocheted off the boards and headed to the empty Blackhawks net.
However, they didn't dwell on their misfortune and recovered to regain control of the tie.
Marian Hossa, celebrating his 35th birthday, picked up a goal just 29 seconds after the own goal before grabbing an assist.
"That type of thing happens once in a while, and we did a good job of bouncing back," Hossa told reporters. "We got a big one the next shift."
Raanta made 18 saves in place of No.1 goalie Corey Crawford while the Blackhawks took control of the second quarter to make it 4-2 before seeing out the game with relative ease.
Ben Smith, Andrew Shaw, Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook all scored in a game that saw the Blackhawks have 41 shots to Edmonton's 21.
On the own goal, Kane told reporters: "I thought the point man was there and it seemed to keep catching speed and found the net," Kane said. "It was good that we got it right back, especially on the 5-on-3. That made it a little bit better."
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