ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks didn’t mind the early wakeup call on Friday. The Anaheim Ducks played as if they were sleepwalking through the first period, and even the stellar goaltending of Frederik Andersen wasn’t enough.
Patrick Kane scored two goals and Andrew Shaw and Brad Richards each had a goal and an assist, leading the Blackhawks to a 4-1 victory over the Ducks on Friday.READ MORE: Amazon Web Services Suffers Outage; Slows Disney+, Roku, Venmo
“We had some players who came out and played very hard from the start,” said Kane, who scored his 10th of the season into en empty net with 59 seconds left. “Getting up 2-0 was huge. But I thought the third period was our best period, to be honest. We really took it to them, but we couldn’t capitalize because their goaltender was awesome and kept them in the game.”
Corey Crawford made 23 saves, helping the Blackhawks win for the fifth time in six games.
Defenseman Hampus Lindholm scored for the two-time defending Pacific Division champions and Andersen stopped 34 shots in his first career appearance against Chicago.
“They were the better team today,” Anaheim center Ryan Kesler said. “I can sit here and make excuses, but we just weren’t good enough. We have a lot of NHL-caliber players in here. Freddie played a great game, and we let him down.”
The Blackhawks were leading 3-1 when Anaheim’s Kyle Palmieri received a 5-minute boarding penalty and an automatic game misconduct with 9.4 seconds left in the second period. He took a run at Johnny Oduya from at least 40 feet away and sent him crashing against the boards between the benches as Oduya was carrying the puck up ice with his head down.
“My view was that (Oduya) was falling and he was turning at the same time,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “Palmi didn’t change his direction, didn’t hit him in the head — just kept following through with the check. I think because the Chicago bench stood up and everybody made a big deal about it, that’s why the penalty was called.”
Crawford, making his 13th consecutive start, didn’t have to face a shot during the first 7 1-2 minutes with his teammates dominating play at the other end. Richards gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead at the 7:58 mark, beating Andersen to the glove side with a 35-foot wrist shot at the end of a 2-on-1 rush.
“We talked about it before the game, that the forwards were going to have to help the D today,” Boudreau said. “Chicago was on a mission, and that’s as good as they’ve played against us in a long time. They took it to us from the drop of the puck, and that’s when you need your experience to come through.”READ MORE: Boy Killed, Young Girl Among 2 Wounded In Wilmington Shooting
Shaw made it 2-0 at 13:30 of the first, redirecting the puck past Andersen’s left leg from the low slot after Duncan Keith set him up from the left circle. By then, Chicago had an 11-1 shot advantage, and Boudreau burned his only timeout.
The Blackhawks didn’t get a shot on net the rest of the period, and Anaheim got on the board with Lindholm’s goal 3:11 before intermission. He batted in a rebound of Patrick Maroon’s 50-foot slap shot off Crawford’s mask, just seconds after Kesler received a solid open-ice hit from Niklas Hjalmarsson that knocked him backward and onto the ice.
“We obviously weren’t able to sustain it after that,” Boudreau said. “They obviously said between periods that they’re not going to allow it. They came out flying and put us on our heels right off the bat, and I don’t think that helped.”
Kane restored the Blackhawks’ two-goal margin at 10:36 of the second with a one-timer from the low slot after Kris Versteeg made a between-the-legs pass to him from behind the net. Kane has scored a goal in five of his last seven games, including two game-winners.
“Versteeg’s been real good. He was like the player we envisioned him to be this year,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “He’s dangerous. When he has that puck he can make some real slippery plays and he’s got real good patience and play recognition.”
Chicago was 0 for 5 on the power play, ending its streak of six straight games with a power-play goal. The Ducks have yielded five goals in 47 short-handed situations over their last 15 games.
The Ducks, strapped for healthy defensemen, announced during the first period that they had acquired 16-year veteran Eric Brewer from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. He is expected to join the team in time for Saturday night’s game at San Jose.
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NOTES: Ducks D Clayton Stoner missed his third straight game because of the mumps. D Jesse Blacker made his NHL debut after getting promoted from Norfolk of the AHL. … The Blackhawks conclude their annual road trip because of the circus Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings. Chicago and Los Angeles each have won two of the last five Stanley Cup championships. … Ducks D Josh Manson, who was born in Hinsdale, Illinois, has Blackhawks bloodlines. His father, Dave, played his first five NHL seasons with Chicago — where he and current Kings coach Darryl Sutter were rookie teammates in 1986-87.