The Ducks played a masterful hockey game.
For 58 minutes.
Unfortunately for Anaheim, regulation NHL contests last 60 minutes, and it only took the final two for the Blackhawks to break their hearts.
Over the opening two periods, the Ducks methodically beat the Hawks around the rink. Chicago had more shots on goal (23-16) and more power play opportunities (3-2) in the first 40 minutes, but the Ducks held a 2-0 lead. Andrew Cogliano scored 62 seconds into the game and Chris Stewart extended the lead at 7:34 into the second.
Late in the first, Jonathan Toews had enough of Ryan Kesler’s cheap shot act and dropped the gloves. Kesler, predictably, waited for the refs to step in to act like a tough guy; typically pathetic, he dodged getting his tail whipped by Toews. Both headed to their respective penalty boxes for the end of the first period and start of the second.
In the third, the Ducks were able to successfully run clock for the first 17 minutes. But a stupid, worthless cheap shot opened the door for the Hawks.
Ryan Getzlaf tripped Andrew Shaw well away from the play and the Ducks were short-handed with 2:07 left in regulation. Getzlaf went to the room and Perry served the penalty. The Hawks took advantage.
Marian Hossa ripped a shot past John Gibson at 18:19 into the third for his fourth of the season. Just 74 seconds later, Duncan Keith received a pass from Brent Seabrook and blew a shot past Gibson for his fourth of the year.
With an assist on Keith’s goal, Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 18 consecutive games. He is now tied with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk for the longest point streak by a US-born player in NHL history. Keith now has four goals and two assists in seven games since returning from knee surgery.
For the Ducks, the lead was gone and most of their players appeared to be in shock.
As the game headed into overtime, the Hawks finished the job in less than two minutes. Brent Seabrook found Artem Anisimov, who scored his tenth of the season to close the books on Friday night.
Seabrook posted three assists in the game, while Keith also had a multi-point night. Seabrook also led the Hawks with three hits in the game. Trevor van Riemsdyk led the Hawks with four blocked shots but wasn’t his best in the first two periods; he appeared tentative after he was boarded by Ryan Getzlaf early in the first period.
Teuvo Teravainen returned to the lineup and skated 13:07. He failed to win any of his four faceoffs and was credited with one shot on goal and one takeaway on the night. Marko Dano was the doghouse resident for the evening, skating just 7:17 in the game with one hit.
Brandon Mashinter dressed again; Tanner Kero was the scratch to make room for Teravainen. Mashinter skated 7:05 and did absolutely nothing.
Corey Crawford played a magnificent game while the skaters in front of him got their act together. He made 23 saves against 25 shots to earn the victory. Without Crawford, the game easily could have been a three of four-goal deficit before the third period began.
After a matinee in Anaheim on Friday night, the Hawks will return to the ice for a late night in Los Angeles on Saturday night. Puck drop on the potentially history game is set for 9:30 in Chicago as Kane attempts to set a new benchmark for US skaters.