Blackhawks End Skid, Beat Ducks 6-5
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ANAHEIM (AP) — Patrick Sharp scored the tying and go-ahead goals in a 2:01 span early in the third period to complete his second career hat trick, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied for a 6-5 victory over the floundering Anaheim Ducks on Friday.
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews had two goals and three assists, helping Chicago end a three-game skid and send the demoralized Ducks to their sixth straight loss. Dave Bolland also scored, and Duncan Keith and Viktor Stalberg each had two assists.
Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan, playing despite a bruised hip, scored twice to end an eight-game goal drought. Teemu Selanne had a power-play goal and an assist, and Andrew Cogliano and Corey Perry also scored. Jonas Hiller made 17 of his 28 saves in the second period before the Blackhawks drove him to the bench with a 5-4 deficit with 16:27 remaining.
Trailing 4-2 entering the third, the Blackhawks began their four-goal third-period spree just 1:04 after the intermission when Keith took a long slap shot that ricocheted off Toews’ foot and hit the left post before eluding Hiller.
Moments later, Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf overskated the puck behind his net and the forechecking Toews set up Sharp in front for the equalizer, causing Getzlaf to break his stick over the net in frustration. The Blackhawks took their first lead of the game just 1:01 later, as Sharp beat Hiller to the stick side with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle for his third goal of the game and ninth this season.
Dan Ellis replaced Hiller and gave up Toews’ second goal and 12th of the campaign with 10:38 to play, putting Chicago ahead 6-4. It came on a tap-in after Ellis stopped Keith’s wrist shot and let the puck trickle behind him into the crease.
Trailing 2-0 on goals by Ryan and Cogliano in the first 2:13 of the contest, the Blackhawks got on the board at 6:09 of the opening period with their first shot on net — just 24 seconds after killing off a holding penalty against Toews. Sharp hit left post from just outside the crease after Patrick Kane set him up from behind the net, but the puck caromed to Toews in the low slot and he nudged it back to Sharp for his eighth goal.
Selanne restored Anaheim’s two-goal lead at 14:56 of the first while rookie Marcus Kruger was off for hooking Matt Beleskey. Chicago narrowed the gap to 3-2 the next time they had the man advantage, as Bolland converted a cross-ice pass from Andrew Brunette while Francois Beauchemin was off for tripping Toews.
The Blackhawks outshot Anaheim 17-5 in the second period — not counting the short wrist shot by Kruger that rang off the right post with 1:07 left in the period. But Ryan had the only goal, converting a pass from Luca Sbisa at the 8:41 mark.
Notes: This was the fourth straight year that the Blackhawks played at Anaheim on the day after Thanksgiving. Chicago lost the first two 1-0 and 3-0, then beat the Ducks 4-1 last year… Getzlaf has gone 13 straight games without a goal, his longest drought in seven NHL seasons. … The Blackhawks, who came in with a league-worst 73.5 percentage on the penalty-kill, have allowed 15 goals in 33 short-handed situations over the last 10 games. … The Blackhawks’ two power-play goals made them 11 for 35 over their last eight games, after going 1 for 30 in the previous eight. … Chicago D Brent Seabrook returned to the lineup after missing four games because of an injured left leg. It was the longest stretch he sat out since his 2005-06 rookie season, when he missed 13 straight because of a sprained left knee. … The Blackhawks, who came in averaging 33.5 shots on net, have had fewer than 30 in only three of their first 23 games — including a season-low 27 on Nov. 16 at Vancouver. … Perry, last season’s MVP and leading goal-scorer, has had a goal in each of the Ducks’ last four victories. But the Ducks are only 4-11-4 since Oct. 16. … The Blackhawks are 5-19-2 in their last 26 games at Anaheim. In their previous visit to Honda Center, Hiller stopped all 19 shots they took in the third period and finished with 39 saves in the Ducks’ 2-1 victory.
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.