Ducks Sweep Blackhawks in 2-1 Victory


The Chicago Blackhawks fell to the Anaheim Ducks for the third time this season, giving the Ducks the series sweep with a 2-1 victory in the United Center. 
The win comes as sweet relief for the hungry Ducks, who were 0-4 since their last bout with the Hawks, including a 4-0 shutout loss to the San Jose Sharks.  
Chicago briefly regained their 5 point lead in the Western Conference, only to have the Ducks within striking distance again after tonight's loss.  
The first period ended with the two teams scoreless and tied with 9 SOGs a piece. 
Corey Perry was the first to put a point on the board for the Ducks to liven up the second period, which was followed by a lot of sloppy play by the Blackhawks.  To the Hawks credit, the Ducks were smothering the net in their own zone and not making it easy for Chicago to get any chances off rebounds.   
After two power play opportunities that yielded little but frustration for the Hawks, it was golden boy Patrick Kane who evened the scoreboard and sank a puck top shelf for a much needed PPG. 
Still 1-1 going into the final 5 minutes of regulation play, the game was alive on the ice before Sheldon Souray gave the Ducks the edge with a redirected shot past Ray Emery.
Despite a power play opportunity with only 3.2 seconds left in the game, the Blackhawks, with six skaters on the ice, were unable to get the equalizer to force OT.
Ducks win 2-1 in Chicago.
Even with the loss, Ray Emery and Patrick Kane are to be commended.  This is Ray Emery's first credited loss of the season after beginning with a NHL record 12-0-0 start.  Emery made some stellar saves on the night and played smart between the pipes all night.  Kane has been endlessly praised for his constant efforts on the ice all season long, and tonight was no exception.  Now with at least 1 point in his last 7 games, Kane is 18-24-42 for the season.  
The Blackhawks will face off against the Detroit Redwings at 11:30am on Sunday, March 31st.