ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Blackhawks weren’t playing their best against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday, and with two minutes remaining in regulation, it looked like they were headed to a loss.
But much like they did last spring, the Blackhawks found a way to break the Ducks late.
Marian Hossa and Duncan Keith scored within the final 1:41 of regulation and Artem Anisimov had the winner in overtime as the Blackhawks came back to beat the Ducks, 3-2, on Friday afternoon. The Blackhawks have now won two in a row, with their final game of the Circus Trip coming Saturday night in Los Angeles.
Patrick Kane, who got a secondary assist on Keith’s goal, is now on a career-high 18-game point streak. He tied the record for a U.S.-born player for that streak, held by Eddie Olczyk and Phil Kessel.
“I mean, you look at the players, the two guys who are part of that record, that’s some pretty elite company,” Kane said. “It’s been a fun little ride here. It seems like I’m kind of making it difficult on myself with the last few games, but it’s something you try not to think about. Play the game, and if you’re playing the right way, usually good things will happen.”
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Brent Seabrook had three assists. Keith also had an assist. Corey Crawford stopped 23 of 25 shots for the victory.
The Blackhawks were down 2-0 when they pulled Crawford with 2:57 remaining in regulation. Just 50 seconds later, Ryan Getzlaf was whistled for tripping. Twenty-six seconds into that power play, Hossa scored, cutting the Ducks’ lead to 2-1. The Blackhawks kept the pressure on and, with 26.6 seconds remaining in regulation, Keith scored his fourth of the season to tie it.
After some close calls on both sides in the first minute or so of 3-on-3, Anisimov, taking the feed from Seabrook, scored his 10th goal of the season 1:53 into overtime.
“Well, I don’t think that’s the way we’d like to draw it up, but we’ll take the win,” Keith said. “They outworked us most of the game, we just found a way at the end and snuck out the two points. We have to give ourselves credit, as well. I’m not taking anything away from our win; we dug down there at the end. But for the most part they outworked us a little bit.”
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Yes, the Ducks did outwork the Blackhawks for most of this. Anaheim was especially strong early, taking advantage of a Blackhawks team that looked like it wasn’t ready for the afternoon outing. Andrew Cogliano scored just 62 seconds into this one and was part of a 2-on-0 when he did it. Crawford came up with big saves the rest of that period, when the Ducks had a few more prime opportunities of Blackhawks miscues.
The Blackhawks showed more life in the second but it didn’t matter, as Chris Stewart put the Ducks up 2-0.
And then there were those final two minutes of regulation and first two minutes of overtime. The Blackhawks had nearly stole Game 5 of the Western Conference final last spring in a similar way — Jonathan Toews scored twice late in regulation before the Ducks won in overtime. Today, they finished this game the way they did that series.
“It’s kind of a thrilling win, obviously, the way it was 2-0 with two minutes left. To be able to do that is a good feeling,” Keith said. “At the same time, we know we could’ve started better, points throughout the game we could’ve been better. But sometimes at the end of the day you just want to get those two points in a tough building against a tough team.”