CHICAGO (TICKER) —It was a night of revisions in the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim’s record books.
Paul Kariya scored a milestone goal midway through the third period to forge a tie and Samuel Pahlsson netted the game-winner with 3 1/2 minutes remaining as the Mighty Ducks edged the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-3.
Anaheim recorded its 36th win of the season and reached 85 points, tying franchise bests set in the 1996-97 campaign.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned aside 39 shots for his 31st win, equaling the club record set by Guy Hebert in 1998-99.
“Typical of a Brian Sutter-coached team,” Giguere said. “You know they will shoot the puck and you know they will charge the net, so I knew a lot of shots would be coming.”
With Chicago leading, 3-2, and owning a 54-0-9-1 mark in its last 64 games when leading after two periods, things did not look promising for the Ducks.
But Kariya scored his franchise-best 300th career goal while on a power play to knot the game before Pahlsson put Anaheim ahead with his fourth of the season.
“I want us to be ahead going into the third period,” Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said. “I’d rather play with the lead, for sure. We were not great for a while and they got on top of us.
“But we came back, and what it shows is character and that when you learn how to win and you expect to win, you find a way to win.”
Petr Sykora and rookie Stanislav Chistov also tallied for the Ducks, who completed a sweep of the four-game season series with Chicago and remained even with Minnesota for sixth place in the Western Conference.
“It’s important because we didn’t play very well tonight,” Kariya said. “We came out with a little bit of a slow start, and we seemed to be a littled lackadaisical the whole game. But we got some timely scoring and will take the two points.”
“We’re playing hard, and I’m going to play hard through the end of the year,” Chicago goaltender Jocelyn Thibault said. “I just want to finish up on a strong note.”
With Chicago defenseman Nathan Dempsey serving a holding penalty, Kariya redirected Sykora’s shot from just above the right faceoff circle past Thibault at 10:30 to knot the game at 3-3.
“I just got the puck back to the point and went to the net,” Kariya said. “I was just lucky that it was one of those shots that bounced in off me.”
Defenseman Niclas Havelid unleashed a shot from the top of the slot that Thibault blocked. While on the left side of the net, Pahlsson lifted the rebound under the crossbar at 16:27 to put the Ducks ahead.
“A little bit of a tough angle there, and I knew the goalie was coming over, so I was just trying to get it up high and fortunately, it worked,” Pahlsson said.
“The guy just walked right in and the defenseman snuck in from the point,” said Sutter, the Blackhawks’ coach. “That’s why there is a rebound. You can’t blame the goalie for that. You really just can’t let the guy get in there.”
Winners of two straight, Chicago jumped in front 4:20 into the game when Chris Simon tipped defenseman Sami Helenius’ shot from the right point past Giguere for his second goal in as many games.
Anaheim tied it with 4:27 to go in the first as Sykora netted his fifth goal in as many games.
Skating down the right side, Steve Rucchin backhanded a shot that Thibault stopped. The rebound went to Sykora, who poked it in from the doorstep to reach the 30-goal plateau for the second time in his career.
Chistov put Anaheim ahead at 11:26 of the second, knocking in the rebound of Rucchin’s shot from the left circle, but Fleury backhanded a shot into a vacant net with 2 1/2 minutes left after Giguere drifted across the crease while following Simon, who lost control of the puck in front.
With seven goals in his last four contests, Sullivan pounced on a rebound in front of the net and netted his 24th with a minute remaining to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead after two periods.