About the only time the Blackhawks wouldn't be thrilled with grabbing a point in a game that appeared all but lost is when it's this late in the season and they're this bunched up with Western Conference opponents.

When Jonathan Toews poked the puck past goaltender Braden Holtby with 38.5 seconds remaining in Sunday's game against the Capitals to send the game into overtime, the Hawks had gained a big point in the race for the playoffs. But when Mike Knuble scored in overtime to give surging Washington a 4-3 victory, it denied the Hawks a just-as-large second point.

"When we get that chance to get back in the game, there's no reason to be satisfied with one point," said Toews, who converted after Duncan Keith rifled a pass off the end boards that the Hawks' captain snuck into the net while on the power play.

"That's two overtime losses in the last couple of games. We can't be happy with just getting one point in each of those games. If you look at the games ahead and we keep getting to overtime, it doesn't do us any good. It's just about getting beyond that point of satisfaction and finding a way to win."

The loss was the Hawks' third consecutive on their four-game trip, but with overtime defeats in Tampa Bay on Wednesday night and Washington, the Stanley Cup champions earned four of a possible eight points during the span.

Boyd Gordon scored a short-handed goal for the Capitals that changed the momentum in the first period while Jason Arnott and Brooks Laich also scored for Washington, which reeled off its eighth consecutive victory.

The Hawks, who have 13 games remaining in the regular season, got a score from Nick Leddy to open the scoring early in the contest and another from Tomas Kopecky in the second. Toews' goal tied it with 38 seconds left. With Marcus Johansson in the penalty box, the Hawks had six attackers after pulling goalie Corey Crawford.