Blackhawks Suffer Shoot Out Loss to Ducks
The Chicago Blackhawks avoided their first regulation loss of the 2013 season but still suffered a 3-2 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks at the United Center on Tuesday night.
Despite getting a game tying power play tally from Nick Leddy and the go-ahead goal from Brandon Saad to make it 2-1 as a result of a very strong second period, the Hawks couldn't keep the Ducks from forcing overtime late in the third period, where they struggled to match Anaheim's intensity.
Both goaltenders provided strong play for their respective clubs. Blackhawks' Corey Crawford stopped 29 of 31 shots he faced, while Anaheim netminder Viktor Fasth turned aside 28 of 30 shots he saw.
Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf made it 1-0 in favor of the Ducks early in the second period when he backhanded the puck past Corey Crawford while standing along the goal line for a power play goal.
Nick Leddy tied the game with a Chicago power play goal when he roofed a slap shot off the high post and over the shoulder of Viktor Fasth midway through the second period.
Brandon Saad scored his second goal of the season when he fire a wrist shot that deflected off of Fasth's shoulder and sailed into the net to put Chicago ahead 2-1.
Chicago appeared to have the game locked up towards the end of the third period, despite struggling to keep Anaheim out of their zone, but Anaheim managed to tie it up when Andrew Cogliano stuffed home a rebound late in the game and ultimately force overtime.
Despite his strong play, Crawford allowed two shoot out goals on two attempts, while Jonathan Toews scored the lone shoot out goal for Chicago.
Both clubs also racked up their fair share of penalties, especially in the second period when Anaheim was assessed 19 penalty minutes, most of which were served by Brad Staubitz for his game misconduct.
On a lighter side of the outcome, the Blackhawks have picked up a total of 23 points out of a possible 26 and remain in first place in the NHL by a four point margin.
The Chicago Blackhawks host the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 15th at the United Center at 7:30 pm CT.