CHICAGO – This time, the Blackhawks managed a third-period rally.
But in their continued
struggles against the Ducks this season, it wasn’t enough. Anaheim righted itself after
giving up a late lead and topped the Hawks 2-1 on Friday night at the United Center.
Sheldon Souray scored the game-winner for Anaheim, as it defeated the Hawks for the third time in as many meetings. The Ducks snapped a four-game losing skid to pull within three points of the Hawks in the Western Conference standings.
Goaltender Jonas Hiller out-dueled Ray Emery, as the Hawks’ netminder fell for the first time this season. Emery allowed the Souray goal and one to Corey Perry. The Hawks fell for the third time in their last four games.
Patrick Kane scored for the Hawks, but it wasn’t enough.They were sluggish through the first two periods and couldn’t turn on the offensive jets in the third to overcome Anaheim.
Both goalies were up to the task to keep the opening period scoreless. The Ducks tested Emery early when Perry raced down the right side and ripped a shot from the circle that hit the goalie in the right shoulder and slid harmlessly away.
It was the Hawks’ turn to apply pressure, and Hiller stoned Kane on two blasts 7 seconds apart. The first ended scoreless with the shots even at 9-9.
Early in the second, the Ducks began to control the play. They cashed in when Perry snapped a hard shot that beat Emery to the stick side.
The Hawks’ power play continued to stagger with Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp out of the lineup. In two opportunities in the second, they were unable to challenge Hiller, and had a total of two shots while holding a man advantage.
In the third, Kane struck to tie it while on the power play, but only after Emery came up with a highlight-reel save to keep it close. While short-handed, the Ducks’ Daniel Winnik had Emery down and out and a gaping net, but the netminder managed to kick his leg out while sprawled on the ice to get his skate on the shot.
The Hawks took the puck to the other end and Kane fired a cannon shot from the right dot that beat Hiller to even the score at 1-1. The goal extended Kane’s scoring streak to eight games, during which he’s had six goals and nine assists.
Souray won it with a blast from inside the blue line that hit the stick of the Hawks’ Niklas Hjalmarsson and deflected past Emery.