Shots. Shots. And more shots.
After another lengthy layoff between games, the Blackhawks came out firing against the Ducks on Thursday night. Chicago held a 19-2 shot advantage after 20 minutes, but had nothing to show for it.
Ryan Getzlaf watched the final 2:48 of the second period and half of the second after getting into a slap fight with Richard Panik. Typically, Getzlaf got the last shot in after the officials broke up the fight, and he was rewarded with both the instigator and a 10-minute misconduct. This came after Panik and Josh Manson picked up matching minors, Manson for a slash and Panik for high-sticking.
So, in review, the Blackhawks put 19 shots on Jonathan Bernier in the first period and the Ducks had 21 penalty minutes as a team.
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The second period starting with an entertaining shift for rookie Nick Schmaltz.
Anaheim rallied behind two power plays in the second but failed to score on either advantage. Chicago once again had good offensive zone time but still couldn’t beat Bernier. And with 2:16 left in the middle frame, Corey Perry gave the visitors a 1-0 lead.
The Ducks matched the Hawks 12 shots on goal in the second period, but carried a 1-0 lead into the third despite the Hawks having a 31-14 shot advantage.
Chicago was out-shot 10-7 in the third, but had a few more golden chances that were spoiled by Bernier. And the game ended with a 1-0 defeat on the scoreboard.
Johnny Oduya returned to the ice as a member of the Blackhawks; he was skating in only his second game since January 17, however. He still led the Hawks with five blocked shots and skated more than 17 minutes in the game. Oduya and Trevor van Riesmdyk were the only Blackhawks skaters to fail to get a shot on net in the game.
Panik, van Riemdsyk, Brent Seabrook and Marcus Kruger also blocked three shots each. Seabrook led Chicago with five hits and was one of four Hawks with two takeaways.
Corey Crawford deserved better (again). He kept the game close in the second and third periods, making a number of superb saves while the Hawks’ offense failed to beat Bernier. He finished with 25 saves in the loss.
Jonathan Toews won only 10 of 28 faceoffs but finished tied with Patrick Kane for the team lead with six shots on net.