By Adam Tenenbaum (Summary) and Mike Walters (Analysis & Stats)
Following a tough loss to the Blue Jackets, the Ducks continued their road trip, as they headed to Chicago, Illinois to take on the Blackhawks at United Center. The Blackhawks have lost two straight, and came into the game 36-18-4, good for 76 points and first in the Central, while the Ducks are 26-19-8, good for 60 points and third in the Pacific. The Blackhawks won the previous two meetings, both coming in overtime. The starters in net were John Gibson for the Ducks and Corey Crawford for Chicago.
In the first, the Ducks would get the first power play of the night as Michal Rozsival was whistled for hooking midway through the period. Ducks had some key chances on the power play but did not score, as the game remained scoreless. Both teams would trade scoring chances the remaining time in the periods, as the first period came to close with each team being scoreless. Shots in the first were 13 to 7 in favor of the Ducks.
In the second, the Blackhawks would get their first power play, as Hampus Lindholm was called for holding. Ducks would kill of the penalty with Gibson making a key stop on Marian Hossa to keep the game scoreless. Later in the period, the Ducks would get a golden scoring chance as Jakob Silfverberg was denied on a rebound by Crawford. Following the save, Hossa was down on the ice after a hit from Lindholm, and would exit the game and would not return. Moments later, Richard Panik would run into Gibson seeming to make contact with his head and Gibson was down for a few seconds in pain. After all that, the Blackhawks would get a power play chance as Nate Thompson was called for hooking. On the power play, Brent Seabrook would give the Hawks the lead, as he fired his shot by Gibson for the 1-0 lead. At the end of the period, Jiri Sekac was called for elbowing with 1:30 left in the second. The Ducks would not score, but would carry over 30 seconds of their power play into the third period. After two periods of play, the Blackhawks led 1-0 and shots in the second were tied at ten a piece.
In the third, Frederik Andersen would relieve Gibson in net as he appeared to be dinged up following the hit by Panik. The Ducks started the third with 30 seconds of power play time, but would not convert as the remained down a goal. Later in the period, Corey Perry and Artemi Panarin each received penalties, as Perry was called for slashing and Panarin interference, as each team skated 4-on-4. On the 4-on-4, Silfverberg would tie up the game, as he picked up the loose rebound in the crease and sent it past Crawford to tie up the score at one. Later in the period, the Ducks would take the lead as Ryan Getzlaf found David Perron in front, who then shot it past Crawford stick side for the 2-1 lead. The lead would not last as the Blackhawks would tie it up with 8:01 left in the game as Andrew Desjardins found Seabrook in the slot, who scored again, his second of the night and tying up the game at two. The game would remain tied the remaining time as the game would head to overtime for the third time between these two clubs. Shots in the third 18-5 in favor of Anaheim.
In overtime, Patrick Kane would get a breakaway, but missed wide. A minute later, the Blackhawks were called for too many men on the ice as Kane was all alone in the offensive zone, but the Hawks had four men on the ice, giving the Ducks a 4-on-3 power play in overtime. On the power play, Sami Vatanen set up Cam Fowler for a one-timer, whose rebound squirted right to Getzlaf, who pounded home the rebound for the overtime game winner, as the Ducks defeated the Hawks 3-2 for the win.
Player of the Game:
The player of the game was without a doubt, Getzlaf, who picked up his game and not only assisted on the Perron goal, but also scored the goal in overtime, to win the game for the Ducks. Another big moment for Getzlaf was his key back-check of Kane in overtime, which was a potential game saver as Kane was forced to shoot wide.
Key Moment of the Game:
The obvious choice for play of the game might be the overtime winner, however without the gritty effort by Silfverberg to tie up the game at one, the Ducks might have never even seen overtime. Down a goal in a hostile road environment, Silfverberg’s goal silenced the crowd and gave the Ducks the momentum in the hockey game.
This game started out as a defensive battle with both teams not giving much open ice in the beginning. Bruce Boudreau started the game with Mike Santorelli with Getzlaf and Perron, but switched out Santorelli for Ryan Garbutt. The strategy appeared to work as the Ducks were creating chances. Anaheim’s defense stepped up limiting Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews each to only one shot on goal. But it was Brent Seabrook, who the Ducks couldn’t stop as he scored twice in this game and has had success against the Ducks all season.
Despite trailing 1-0 going into the third period, the Ducks turned on the pressure in the third period outshooting Chicago 18 to 5. A timely goal by Silfverberg and another by Perron gave the Ducks lead. It looked like the Ducks would pull out a regulation victory, but Chicago is always opportunistic against the Ducks and tied the game. The Ducks outplayed Blackhawks winning 10 more face-offs and outhitting them by a two to one margin. However, it took overtime and a costly penalty by Chicago, but Anaheim finally broke their overtime drought, preventing a season sweep by the Blackhawks.
The Ducks are now 1-5 during the 3-on-3 overtime.
This win was the Anaheim Ducks franchise’s 800th win.
Silfverberg’s goal was his 100th career point.
Getzlaf now has six multi-point games in his last eight games. He has recorded two points in each of his last four games.
The Ducks finish the season series 1-0-2 against the Blackhawks.
During the game, the Ducks announced that Chris Stewart has a fractured jaw and will be out 4-8 weeks.
The Ducks travel to Calgary for an early affair at 1PM PT on Monday, February 15th.