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By Brad Vandenberk
The Anaheim Ducks flew into the United Center on Tuesday to take on your Chicago Blackhawks. The Hawks were coming off a shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night, while the Ducks were beginning their 7 game road trip after losing their last 2 at home.
Corey Crawford started in net for the Hawks, while his bobble heads filled the arena. Jonas Hiller, starting goalie for the Ducks, was tested early on in the game, as the Hawks found themselves owning the offensive zone; even the fourth line had a few chances to score.
The Hawks got their first power play of the game as Corey Perry, flipped the puck over the glass and was called for Delay of Game. Although the Hawks were one man up, they couldn’t break the score. Not long after Perry’s penalty expired, Sean O’Donnell was called for tripping, and the Ducks 2nd ranked penalty kill in the league received their first test of the night.
Michael Frolik gave a pass to himself to break-away short-handed but was unable to score. With 6.9 seconds left in the period. Dave Bolland slashed the stick out of Ducks’ defensemen Francois Beauchemin and the Hawks would begin the second period shorthanded.
The Hawks out shot the Ducks 11-5 and the period ended with both teams heading to the room with goose eggs on the score board.
The Hawks started the second period with Bolland in the box. It didn’t take long for the Ducks power play to open the scoring. 59 seconds into the period Ryan Getzlaf received a pass from Perry and broke in on Crawford with a high wrister over the glove, making it 1-0 Ducks.
When Viktor Stalberg had a slash at Hiller’s glove after the whistle, Sheldon Brookbank tried to mix it up with Stalberg and Jamal Mayers decided to stick up for his fellow winger and drop the gloves with Brookbank. The fight was not really won, although Brookbank did take Mayers to the ground with a wrestling like tackle.
The Hawks killed off another penalty as Nick Leddy was called for holding. The Hawks finally got on the board with a highlight reel pass from Patrick Kane to Marian Hossa. Kane used the Savardian spin-o-rama and put it right on Hossa stick for an easy goal, with just over half the period remaining.
Teemu Selanne broke the tie coming off the bench and taking a puck away from an unaware Duncan Keith, putting a back hand goal over Crawford making it 2-1 at the end of the period.
As the period was coming to a close, Jonathan Toews was tripped, sending Patrick Maroon to the box. The Hawks will open the third period on the power play. The Hawks were out shot in the second period 13-9.
The Hawks were unsuccessful opening the third on the power play. 3:26 into the third O’Donnell was called for the second Delay of Game of the evening.
Kane was at it again finding Sharp alone in the slot. Sharp let a one timer go and the score was even at 2 with 14:03 remaining in the period.
Frolik made a nice move to the net going around a Duck defender and tried to break the tie, but Hiller made a great save. Hossa then rang one off the post with another great pass from Kane. Later, Dan Carcillo put goal scorer Selanne on his back with a solid hit.
Kane was all over the ice and also found himself in the box after giving Bobby Ryan a high stick. At the 2 minute mark of the third, Hossa too, found himself in the box with a late interference call. The Hawks killed the penalty and the scored remained tied and a fourth period was needed.
Overtime saw the Dynamic Duo of Kane and Hossa start the 4 on 4 and it almost paid off when they nearly connected and scored to end the game.
With 2 seconds left in OT, Niklas Hjalmarsson was high sticked, allowing just enough time for a quick face off win and shot in the Duck zone. Toews won the draw and Hossa again rang one off the far post as the OT clock expired.
Next up was the dreaded shootout, which the Hawks have practiced all week long after not recording a single goal their previous 2 shoot out losses.
The shoot out saw the Ducks go first (as Joel Quenneville elected) with Corey Perry starting wide and trying to tuck it five hole on Crawford, but to no avail.
Toews was the Hawks first shooter and he makes no mistake and puts it high over Hiller’s Glove
Selanne was the second Ducks shooter and scored to even the shootout at 1 a piece.
Bolland walked in and faked a slap shot, but lost the puck on is stick as he tried to go forehand
Getzlaf also tried to go five hole on Crawford, but again he shuts the door.
The final shooter was Patrick Kane and after the game he had, he made no mistake as he had Hiller moving from post to post and tucked it through the five hole allowing the Hawks to celebrate their first shootout win 3-2.
-Three stars of the game 3- Hossa, 2- Selanne, 1- Kane.
-Hawks out shot the Ducks 35-31
-Patrick Kane had 2 assists and the shootout winner. He credited Denis Savard for the spin o rama assist. “It worked 1 out of 50 times I’ve tried it!”
-Brent Seabrook led all Hawks with 29:13 of ice time and 7 hits.
-Hawks went 0/3 on the power play. They also allowed one Ducks’ power play goal.
-Hawks (5-1-2, 12pts) now have earned points in 7 straight games since losing opening night in Dallas.
-The Hawks take the lead in the Central division after Detroit (5-2-0, 10pts) lost to the last place Blue Jackets (1-7-1, 3pts).
-Next up, a visit to Raleigh, where they will take on the Carolina Hurricanes (3-3-3, 9ts) on Friday night.