The Chicago Blackhawks came into tonight’s game on a two game losing streak. The Blackhawks still had the best record in the Western Conference at 20-6-4. The Blackhawks hoped to bounce back. Their opponent, the Anaheim Ducks were also coming in on a two game losing streak. Their record was 18-7-5 and they were three points behind the Blackhawks in the standings. This was Antti Raanta first home start as a member of the Blackhawks.
Here is the period recap:
1st period: The scoring in this game would not take long. Corey Perry the second leading scorer for the Ducks would add to his goal total. Ducks lead 1-0. The Ducks lead would last all of 45 seconds as Ben Smith would answer with a nice wrist shot by Jonas Hiller. The score would be tied at 1. The Ducks would commit two penalties in the 1st period but the Blackhawks would fail to score. The first period would end with the score tied 1-1.
2nd period: The Blackhawks and Ducks would put together a pretty slow moving period. The flow to the game was not there for either team. At 8:08 gone by in the second, Johnny Oduya would commit a bad penalty by closing his hand on the puck. The Ducks would capitalize on the Oduya penalty. Ryan Getzlaf the Ducks leading scorer would put the Ducks up 2-1. Raanta would fend off a breakaway attempt from his child hood idol, Teamu Selanie later in the period. Play would continue without much action until Bryan Allen for the Ducks boarded Jonathan Toews very late in the 2nd period. The Blackhawks would make the Ducks pay with a Kris Versteeg power-play goal. Versteeg would have two shot attempts and score on the second. The 2nd period would end knotted up at two.
3rd period: The third period would have some more near missed on by both teams. The Blackhawks looked like their out were out of “gas”. The end of the game would get interesting. Dustin Penner would be called off-sides on a potential two on one opportunity. Penner would blast a shot in frustration after the whistle. He would be given 10 minute misconduct, instead of a 2 minute penalty. The Penner penalty would not yield a man advantage or a goal. The game would go to overtime tied 2-2.
Overtime: In the overtime both teams would have great scoring chances to end the game. The Blackhawks would have a two on one with Kane and Toews, but Hiller would deny their chance. Raanta would fend off many shots. The overtime period would have two questionable calls in it. Brent Seabrook would push a Duck forward into Raanta resulting in a goal. The referee would whistle play dead and say the goalie was not able to play his position. The call was no goal. The call was clearly incorrect and the play should have resulted in a Ducks goal. The next referee blown call was when Brandon Saad got mugged on a breakaway. The refs swallowed their whistles to make up for the blown Seabrook call. The overtime would end in a 2-2 tie.
Shootout: The shootout would goes as follows:
Blackhawks Shooter 1: Toews would score to the stick side.
Ducks Shooter 1: Nick Bonino would score on a fluke goal.
Blackhawks Shooter 2: Patrick Sharp would be denied by Jonas Hiller.
Ducks Shooter 2: Kyle Palmieri would score the second goal to put to the Ducks up 2-1.
Blackhawks Shooter 3: Patrick Kane would be stopped by Hiller.
The Ducks defeat the Blackhawks 3-2.
NEWS and NOTES:
- Kris Versteeg records a point in his second game in a row and scored his 4th goal of the season.
- Antti Raanta is 2-0-1 on the season after tonight’s game.
- Andrew Shaw missed his second game in a row with an injury.
- Ben Smith scored his fourth goal on the season. He centered Kane and Brandon Saad for the first time this season.
- Brandon Bollig recorded six hits tonight after six hits in his previous five games.
- Patrick Kane is goal less in seven attempts in the shootout this season.
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