The Anaheim Ducks entered Friday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks on an eight-game winning streak and had won 18 of their last 19 games. The Blackhawks were 1-1-3 in their last five and had struggled immensely. Despite the two teams heading in opposite directions, it was expected that the game would be hard fought with neither team having the advantage.
Early on it was all Blackhawks as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period. Marian Hossa got on the board first, scoring his second shorthanded goal of the season and 19th overall. Kris Versteeg added another goal late in the period. The second period was more the same as the Blackhawks outshot the Ducks 11-3 in the period. However, despite the amount of shots, they couldn't beat Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller.
Bryan Bickell pushed the Blackhawks lead to 3-0 with a goal midway through the third. It looked as if the Blackhawks were going to run away with the victory, but the Ducks wouldn't give up that easily. With just over six minutes to play, the Blackhawks turned the puck over and the Ducks went on a three-on-one. Ryan Getzlaf waited patiently and found the back of the net to put the Ducks on the board making it 3-1. Less than a minute later, Kyle Palmieri shot a wrist shot from behind the hash marks that went through Corey Crawford, making it 3-2.
In hopes of trying to complete the comeback, the Ducks pulled Hiller with just under a minute remaining. The Blackhawks held their ground and with time winding down, Marcus Kruger found Marian Hossa down the ice for the empty net goal. Hossa's second goal of the game sealed the 4-2 victory for the Blackhawks and ended the Ducks' eight-game winning streak.
10:34 CHI SHG – Marian Hossa (18) assisted by Jonathan Toews and Niklas Hjalmarsson
17:06 CHI GOAL: Kris Versteeg (9) unassisted
10:13 CHI GOAL: Bryan Bickell (7) assisted by Brent Seabrook
14:40 ANA GOAL: Kyle Palmieri (9) assisted by Cam Fowler
19:52 CHI GOAL-EN: Marian Hossa 2 (19) assisted by Marcus Kruger and Niklas Hjalmarsson
Here are some notes from the game:
- Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 19 of the 21 shots he faced as he picked up his first win since November 29. Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller allowed three goals on 34 shots as he lost his first game since November 26. Hiller had won 14 straight games prior to this loss.
- Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf pushed his point streak to six games with a goal in the third period. He has nine points during that stretch. Getzlaf also blocked five shots on the night.
- Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg scored his first goal in his last 11 games, but his night came to an early end. At the end of the second period, Versteeg collided with teammate Bryan Bickell behind the net and went down in pain. He left the game with an upper-body injury and did not return.
- Neither team converted on the power play as the Blackhawks were 0/5, while the Ducks were 0/2. The only special teams goal came when the Blackhawks opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal.
- Patrick Sharp pushed his season shot total over 200 by adding six more. He now has recorded 202 shots, putting 25 of them in the net.
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