Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks

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After giving people a glimmer of hope with two straight wins on the weekend, the Senators hit the midpoint of the season by taking a knockout punch on the chin in Game 41 in a frightful 8-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in front of 14,007 at the Canadian Tire Centre.

"We had some OK zone time, but we really weren't connecting on passes", said Patrick Kane, who was held off the scoresheet after posting a career-high five points at Ottawa.

Seabrook, who is an alternate captain, has one goal and 10 assists in 41 games this season. Nick Schmaltz had two goals and an assists, while Jonathan Toews accounted for two goals. Patrick Sharp recorded a goal and an assist.

The team began the first day of the second half of the season in last place in the Central Division, but just one point out of the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. I don't think it was anything special throughout the game. Chicago has won two straight and have gone 4-1-1 in their last six.

"It's 4-0 and, yeah, we make it 4-2 but you just have to use so much energy to try to get back into a game like that".

The Senators talked Monday about improving their play in the second then allowed the Hawks to pull out to a 6-2 lead after 40 minutes. Let's see if I can get tonight's game right! "I really can not be honest than to say we have to find a way to be better and more consistent".

The second period was once again troubling as Anderson gave up three goals on four shots in a span of 4:39.

Ottawa forward Bobby Ryan has been sidelined by another hand injury.

The call further stoked the debate about the off-side rule, as this was the second time in the past two nights in which a goal in a key game was looked at; on Tuesday, the Oilers had a potentially game-tying goal erased in the third period in an eventual loss to the Predators because the play was determined to be off-side. "Once we got scored on, we had to bounce back and be better as a team and be less deflated but I know after there's too many goals you've got to fight being deflated and you've got to push back".

Ottawa is also now without defencemen Mark Borowiecki (concussion) and Johnny Oduya (lower body) and centre Nate Thompson (lower body).

Head coach Joel Quenneville told reporters Tuesday afternoon that Seabrook would be a healthy scratch.

But things were back to normal for Seabrook on Wednesday when he returned to the lineup against the Minnesota Wild.