Ducks 2, Chicago Blackhawks 1
Eight keys to the game:
THE FACTS: Corey Perry continued his scoring tear for the Ducks, scoring two third-period goals to lift Anaheim to a come-from-behind victory at United Center in Chicago and leapfrog the Blackhawks into seventh place in the Western Conference standings.
THE STAT: Perry recorded back-to-back multi-goal games for the first time in his six-year career. He has four goals in his last two games, eight in the last five and 13 goals and four assists in the last nine.
TURNING POINT: With about 4 ˝ minutes remaining, Bobby Ryan jostled the puck loose from a Blackhawks player along the left wing boards. The puck squirted out to Ryan Getzlaf, who slid a centering pass to Perry in front of the net. Perry stopped the puck with his backhand and, with his back to rookie goalie Corey Crawford, spun and shot into the net for a 2-1 lead.
HOT: Nobody’s hotter than Perry, who took over the league lead in goals (44) from Steven Stamkos of Tampa Bay, but Anaheim goalkeeper Ray Emery is certainly off to the hottest start of any Ducks player. Emery stopped 27 of 28 shots to win his fourth consecutive start since joining the Ducks. He has allowed just six goals in those four victories.
NOT: Patrick Kane, the third-leading goal scorer for the Blackhawks, not only failed to register a point but had a team-high three giveaways, including the one that set up the winning goal. He was also a minus-two and served a two-minute hooking penalty on Ryan midway through the second period.
GOOD MOVE: Ducks coach Randy Carlyle gave No. 1 goalkeeper Jonas Hiller the night off after he allowed three goals on nine shots in a 5-4 loss Thursday in Nashville. It was Hiller’s first game back after missing 15 with vertigo-like symptoms, and he clearly wasn’t ready to return. Carlyle said after the Nashville game that he still planned to use Hiller down the stretch, but the points have become too valuable to take any chances.
BAD MOVE: With the score tied, 1-1, and 11 ˝ minutes remaining, the Ducks should have been awarded a power play after a Chicago player clearly hit the puck over the glass for a delay of game penalty. The referees missed it and play continued, despite a heavy protest from Ducks forward Teemu Selanne.
NOTABLE: Ducks defenseman Lubomir Visnovskywas on the ice for both of Perry’s goals. Coming into the game, Visnovsky had been on the ice for 63% of Anaheim’s goals this season, the best percentage of any player in the NHL. The Ducks have now won a league-leading 27 one-goal games.
UP NEXT: Monday vs. Colorado Avalanche at Honda Center, 7 p.m.