By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks played a better game tonight battling the Chicago Blackhawks to a regulation tie. In the overtime Jonathan Toews would score the game winner.
The Ducks would get an early power play as Teuvo Teravainen would high stick Jakob Silfverberg. The Ducks had some chances, but could not convert. The Blackhawks would then get a power play as Shawn Horcoff was called for interference. The Ducks would kill off the penalty. They would exchange some chances throughout the period, but the team would remain scoreless.
In the beginning of the period the Blackhawks would get a powerplay as Ryan Kesler was called for Cross Checking. The power play was short lived as Andrew Shaw was called for Hooking. Neither team scored with their short power plays. Later in the period Ryan Garbutt would run over Frederik Andersen as he tried to play the puck outside the crease. Clayton Stoner took exception to the hit and went after Garbutt. After it was all said and done, Chicago had a two minute power play. They couldn’t score and the team remained scoreless after two periods. Corey Perry had some good chances in the period including a post shot that beat Corey Crawford but deflected away from the net.
The Ducks came out strong in the third period outshooting the Blackhawks 19 to 6. Halfway into the period the Ducks had a power play where they had 5 or 6 shots creating good chances. The Ducks couldn’t score despite the better effort. Later in the period Chicago thought they scored a goal, but the net was accidentally dislodged by Andersen.
According to NHL Rule 78.5(x), a goal is disallowed “when the net becomes displaced accidentally. The goal frame is considered to be displaced if either or both goal pegs are no longer in their respective holes in the ice, or the net has come completely off one or both pegs, prior to or as the puck enters the goal.” Watch the video below for further explanation.
The teams remained tied after 60 minutes and went to overtime.
The Ducks would go with Ryan Getzlaf, Jakob Silfverberg, and Cam Fowler. The Ducks would get some pressure early on, but a turnover by Getzlaf would lead to a rush by Chicago and eventual game winning goal by Toews.
The Ducks suffered their fifth shutout of the season. They were only shutout four times all of last season.
Andrew Cogliano played in his 630th consecutive game since making his NHL debut. This tied Andy Hebenton for the second-longest consecutive games played to begin a career. Doug Jarvis is still the all-time leader at 964 game played.
Follow us Twitter @DucksNPucks !
Like us on Facebook at DucksNPucks !
Follow us on Instagram at DucksNPucks !