Rapid Reaction: Ducks 3, Hawks 2 (SO)
December, 6, 2013
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Anaheim Ducks’ 3-2 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Friday.
How it happened: The Ducks outscored the Blackhawks 2-1 in the shootout to pull out the road win. The teams traded goals through the first two periods. Corey Perry put the Ducks ahead 1-0 at 3:20 of the first period, and Ben Smith tied the game for the Blackhawks at 4:05. The Ducks went back ahead with a power-play goal by Ryan Getzlaf at 10:05 of the second period, and Kris Versteeg answered with a power-play goal at 17:48. The Blackhawks’ power-play goal snapped a streak of 25 consecutive kills for the Ducks. Neither team scored in the third period. Blackhawks rookie goaltender Antti Raanta and Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller each made 23 saves. The Blackhawks escaped an overtime loss when an official waved off a Ducks goal due to goaltender interference, but the interference was created when Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook pushed the Ducks’ Saku Koivu into Raanta.
What it means: The Blackhawks picked up a point, but they haven’t won in their past three games, going 0-2-1 during that span. They fell to 20-6-5 on the season with the shootout loss. The Blackhawks were coming off regulation losses to the Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild. The Ducks improved to 19-7-5. The Blackhawks’ penalty kill continued its struggles on Friday. The Blackhawks have allowed a power-play goal in each of their past four games.
Player of the game: Getzlaf had a goal and an assist in the win.
Stat of the game: The Blackhawks took 61 total shots, but only 25 of them were on goal.
What’s next: The Blackhawks will remain at home and host the Florida Panthers on Sunday.