Blackhawks cool off Ducks

CHICAGO – It started at the United Center, and the Chicago Blackhawks ended it at the arena.

The "it" was the Anaheim Ducks' run of 18 wins in their last 19 games that began the last time the teams met on Dec. 6. The struggling Hawks set their sights on ending their recent run of mediocre play when they faced off against the Ducks on Friday night at the United Center.

The Hawks pulled out a 4-2 victory.

The defending Stanley Cup champions got two goals from Marian Hossa, scores from Kris Versteeg and Bryan Bickell, and quality goaltending from Corey Crawford to win for the third time in their last seven games. Niklas Hjalmarsson added two assists for the Hawks.

The Ducks never gave up, getting goals from Ryan Getzlaf and Kyle Palmieri in the third period to make things uncomfortable. Jonas Hiller suffered the loss in goal for the Ducks, who still stand in first place in the Western Conference with 77 points to the Hawks’ 73.