Ducks 3, Blackhawks 2 (SO)

Jerry Bonkowski, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks remained unbeaten in regulation during this lockout-shortened season, but came up short in a shootout in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.
Nick Bonino and Corey Perry netted the Ducks' first two goals in the shootout, and Chicago was no match as Jonathan Toews scored on the Blackhawks' first try, only to see both Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad fail, sending the 21,188 staunchly loyal Blackhawks fans home with frowns rather than smiles.
Chicago, which was the lone remaining undefeated team in the NHL coming into the game, is now 10-1-2 while Anaheim improves to 9-2-1. Both teams are 1-2 in the Western Conference.
After a scoreless first period, Anaheim opened the scoring on a goal early in the second period by center Ryan Getzlaf before Chicago came charging back.
Less than 20 seconds after Anaheim's Brad Staubitz and Chicago's Bryan Bickell pummeled each other into the penalty box -- Staubitz drawing a 10-min misconduct penalty as well as five minutes for fighting and two minutes for instigating, while Bickell received five minutes for fighting -- Nick Leddy tallied his second goal of the season, tying the game at 1-1 at 10:17 of the middle period on the power-play.
But Chicago wasn't finished. Less than 30 seconds after that, at 10:45, Saad made it 2-1 in favor of the Blackhawks. A review by officials confirmed the goal after a mad scramble in front of the Ducks' net knocked it off its supports.
Shortly after Chicago took the lead, Johnny Oduya was penalized for high sticking, and then joined in the penalty box by teammate Michael Frolik for interference. Yet even with a two-man disadvantage, the Blackhawks' penalty killing unit shined, holding the Ducks at bay even with such a marked edge.
The Ducks tied the game at 17:20 of the third period on a wrist shot by Andrew Cogliano, his second of the season.
Anaheim's Toni Lydman went to the penalty box for interference with 10 seconds left in regulation, but Chicago could not capitalize, sending the game into overtime.
At 2:08 of overtime, Lydman went back to the penalty box again for high sticking, yet the previously stalwart Blackhawks' power-play failed yet again, sending the game into the deciding shootout.
Just over 30 seconds after Blackhawks winger Viktor Stalberg was whistled for a two-minute holding penalty in the early stages of the second period, Anaheim took a 1-0 lead thanks to an unlikely contributor. Getzlaf's shot through the crease bounced off the stick of Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook and trickled into the Chicago net. It was Getzlaf's fourth goal of the season.
Chicago began the game with what has become its hallmark thus far this season: tough defense and an aggressive offense right from the opening faceoff. The Hawks had two point-blank shots at Anaheim goalie Viktor Fasth in the first three minutes, but he covered up both in the crease. It's no wonder Fasth was 5-0-0 coming into the game.
Other than Fasth's sharpness, the Ducks looked tired and slow early on, particularly on defense, as the Blackhawks dominated the Anaheim zone for much of the first period.
Anaheim was whistled for too many men on the ice at 4:22 into the first period (served by Bobby Ryan), but Chicago was unable to take advantage.
With exactly seven minutes left in the first period, Chicago defenseman Michal Rozsival was whistled for hooking, giving Anaheim its first man-advantage of the game.
A quick wrist shot in front of the net by Anaheim's Corey Perry looked as if it would hit its mark, but Chicago goalie Corey Crawford made an outstanding diving save to keep the game scoreless.
Chicago outshot Anaheim 9-8 in the first period.
NOTES: Coming off a season-long six-game road trip, the Blackhawks began a seven-game homestand Tuesday, tying a team record for longest stay at home. ... Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane came into Tuesday's game riding a season-high streak of seven multi-point games. The Blackhawks are 77-8-13 all-time when the 24-year-old Kane has a multi-point game. ... The Blackhawks had recorded at least one point in their first 12 games, a team record, heading into Tuesday. ... Anaheim came into the game having won five of its last six games, including a 2-1 mark on its current six-game road trip. ... Anaheim came into Tuesday at 8-2-1, its second-best start ever in team history. The best start was 8-0-3 in 2006-07. ... Anaheim came into Tuesday's game leading the series between both teams at 39-26-9, including a 17-16-5 road mark at Chicago. ... Anaheim's Teemu Selanne came into Tuesday with 249 career power-play goals, tying him with Phil Esposito for third on the league's all-time list. At 42, Selanne is the oldest active player in the NHL and the oldest player to wear a Ducks uniform.

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