Blackhawks shutout Ducks 2-0

Wednesday night in Anaheim, the Ducks came out with the stronger first period, leading in stats such as attempted shots on gold. But despite a pair of penalties - which gave the Ducks a 5-on-3 late in the period - the teams came out of the first 0-0.

Marian Hossa opened the scoring for the Blackhawks just 39 seconds into the second period. Although Chicago once again gave Anaheim a solid PP opportunity when Michal Rozsival high-sticked Patrick Maroon, resulting in a double minor, they came out of the period with the lead.

It would take until late in the third for another goal to be scored - this one a Jonathan Toews blast to make it 2-0 Blackhawks with 2:31 remaining in the game.

Although the Ducks put in plenty of pressure to end the game, the Blackhawks took the 2-0, and Corey Crawford earned his first shutout of the season.

It was a solid, physical, well-played game on both sides. As one of the last games before the Olympic break, it (nearly) had a playoff feel to it. These two teams could potentially meet in the playoffs; the Ducks sit just ahead of the Blackhawks in the standings.

- Tonight's game brings the Blackhawks' penalty kill up to 80.2%, which improves them to 22nd overall in the league. As the team has spent much of the season lingering between 29th and 30th, this steady upward progress of the PK is very welcome to see.

- Patrick Kane will miss Friday's game to attend his grandfather's funeral in Buffalo.

- Johnny Oduya was a late scratch due to a lower-body injury. He will be re-evaluated prior to Friday's game and the injury is not expected to keep him from playing for Sweden in the Olympics.

- The Blackhawks are 3-0-2 on this extended Western swing; they swept all three California teams in regulation.

Three stars:
1) Corey Crawford - CHI
2) Jonas Hiller - ANA
3) Hampus Lindholm - ANA


Next game: Friday February 7 at Phoenix Coyotes


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