By Tasha Florentz-Clift
The Ducks are coming off of a 4-2 loss versus the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday at the Gila River Arena. Anaheim is 3-4-3 in their last 10 games and were only 3 points behind the Vancouver Canucks for 3rd in the Pacific Division. John Gibson would get the start again while Frederik Andersen is still battling the flu. The Blackhawks are coming off of a 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks. The Ducks are desperately trying to make up lost ground from their slow start and want to get two points with a victory over Chicago. Anaheim would take an early lead, but gave up a game tying goal late in the third period and fall in overtime to the Chicago.
Anaheim would come out flying. It would only take 62 seconds for the Ducks to take the lead. Andrew Cogliano would score on a 2 on 0 breakaway after a beauty of a pass from Cam Fowler to Carl Hagelin. Hagelin would then pass the puck to a streaking Cogliano who would shoot the goal five hole to put the Ducks up 1-0! The Ducks killed off three penalties this period while the Hawks killed one.
The Ducks did not have their normal second period let down. They kept their foots on their throats as Frederik Andersen would put it. Anaheim would extend their lead to 2-0 when Ryan Kesler battled for the puck with the Blackhawks Trevor Daley. Kesler got tripped up, but still got the puck to Hampus Lindholm who would find a wide open Chris Stewart in the slot. Stewart would score another five hole goal on Crawford. The Ducks would have 2 power play opportunities this period, but could not capitalize on them. Anaheim would take the 2-0 lead to the locker room. The Hawks did outshoot the Ducks this period, but Gibby and the defense kept them off the score sheet.
Anaheim battled to keep the Hawks off of the score sheet for 18 minutes in the third period. Then Ryan Getzlaf would take a tripping penalty with 2:07 left in the third period. Chicago would pull Crawford to make it 6 on 4. The Hawks Marian Hossa would score on the ensuing power play and pull the Hawks within 1 goal. That goal seemed to deflate the Ducks a little bit. Then with 27 seconds left Brent Seabrook would score to tie the game at 2.
Chicago had some great scoring chances early. Then Anaheim would get a shot. Getzlaf tricked Crawford and passed the puck to Sami Vatanen who had a wide open net to shoot at. The pass did not connect and the Hawks took the puck down the ice and scored, breaking Anaheim Duck fans hearts in the process.
Key Moment of the Game
When Ryan Getzlaf tripped Andrew Shaw with just over two minutes left in the game. Chicago would get a goal on the power play and another goal shortly after to force overtime.
Key Stat of the Game
The Ducks were 0 for 3 on the power play. The Ducks have been better lately with the extra man and a goal on the power play would have probably put the game out of reach for Chicago.
My Players of the Game
Hampus Lindholm – He almost kept Patrick Kane off the score sheet. Hampus played a very smart, physical game tonight. This was his best game of the season. Hampus had an even +/- rating, 6 blocked shots and 1 assist on the night.
Ryan Kesler – For getting under Jonathan Toews skin the entire game. Kesler smashed Toews on the opening faceoff and never let up after that. Kesler was 50%(10/20) in the faceoff circle versus Toews tonight. Kesler was credited with 1 assist, 2 blocked shots and 2 hits.
Andrew Cogliano – He never stopped moving his feet or battling for the puck. It was his goal 62 seconds into the game that set the tone for the Ducks. He was also +1 with 1 hit and 2 takeaways.
“Our guys played hard tonight, and it’s a tough loss with how we played. We got a point, and we need to find a way to build off it. It stings. We controlled the play for 58 minutes. To lose it like that…it’s a little bit tough.”
“We should’ve won the game. We were up 2-0 and lost the game. It’s not about Chicago. It’s about playing our game, putting a team away and finishing it. They got a penalty called at the end of the game and they score. They’re a good team. They won the Stanley Cup for a reason. It’s as simple as that. At the end of the day, we were up 2-0 while keeping their top guys off the scoresheet. We lost it at the end.”
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
“For 58 minutes, we were pretty solid whenever we had to be. That team has a way of never quitting. They came in and found a way. It’s not that it’s them. It’s giving up two goals in the last minute, and an overtime goal again. It’s pretty frustrating. We had guys who went to the conference final last year that were on the ice. We’ve got to have better composure when we get the puck. We have to go to spots, make plays, and not just throw it at them. That’s what we ended up doing in the last two minutes. We were panicking and throwing it at them.”
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