Ducks won't feel sorry for themselves after another OT loss


Ducks won't feel sorry for themselves after another OT loss

If there's any team that knows what it takes to rebound from a heartbreaking multiple-overtime loss, it's the team that did it just two nights ago. 

The Ducks have now lost their last three overtimes in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including two in the Western Conference Final against the Blackhawks.

But they didn't feel sorry for themselves after Game 2, and they won't start now.

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"I think we're right there," Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano said following a 5-4 double-overtime loss in Game 4 on Saturday night. "There's no hanging our head. Obviously it's a bad feeling, but we just got to battle back."

That's precisely why the Ducks have been an even bigger headache to deal with than seasons past.

While they've endured a pair of late losses against the Blackhawks, Anaheim's 2-0 record coming off an overtime loss this postseason is just another testament to its ability to quickly forget and keep looking forward.

"Let's put that one behind us now. Sure, we're ticked off and everything else," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "But we got a game in two days. If you dwell on it, you're going to dwell on it to the fact you're down 3-2."

Instead, the Ducks are building on the positives, such as overcoming a two-goal deficit in the third period by scoring three goals in 37 seconds, the second-fastest three goals in NHL history.

They're now outscoring opponents 21-6 in the third period this postseason, which isn't anything new to folks in Anaheim.

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"I'm really proud of our guys for fighting and battling back," defenseman Cam Fowler said. "I've come to realize that our team's capable of a lot of things, especially at times when it looks like things are pretty dark and we might be out of it. We're a group that believes, no matter what in here."

Now, it's essentially a best-of-three series for a chance to clinch a berth to the Stanley Cup Final, a place the Ducks haven't been since 2007.

But it's a confident locker room heading back to Honda Center with home-ice advantage and an opportunity to put the Blackhawks' backs against the wall even though, at times, the cards haven't fallen their way.

"We're a resilient group in here," Fowler said. "You've got to roll with the punches and so far we have a second overtime loss and a third overtime loss and that could be a tough pill to swallow.

"But you can also use it as motivation. We're going back to Anaheim, and we're in a heck of a series now. There's no time to dwell on anything."

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Ottawa Senators tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Trade chips.

The Blackhawks have reached the point in their season where they have no choice but to become sellers before the Feb. 26 deadline, and we saw that when they traded Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals on Monday for a conditional third-round pick in 2018. Tommy Wingels could also be an attractive piece for a team looking to fill out their depth.

The Senators will definitely be sellers, and wow do they have some names potentially on the market that can fetch large returns: Derrick Brassard and Mike Hoffman are two players who log top-six minutes on a nightly basis and also have term left on their contract, which is great for teams looking to load up for this year and beyond.

The biggest name to watch, probably in the league altogether, is Erik Karlsson, who could be on the move if a team offers a big enough package for the Senators to pull the trigger now as opposed to in the offseason if they feel him re-signing is a long shot. He was the best defenseman last season, and if a team steps up to get him, they're getting two possible postseason runs out of him.

2. Artem Anisimov's experiment at left wing not working.

Joel Quenneville has tried rekindling the magic between Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane as of late, only this time Anisimov is playing the wing and it just hasn't been very effective. The trio was on the ice for each of the two 5-on-5 goals the Kings scored on Monday, and Anisimov completely lost his man on the first one.

It's important to establish a consistent left winger for Schmaltz and Kane, and maybe putting Alex DeBrincat up there is something you consider going forward as part of a long-term solution. Move Anisimov back down as the third-line center to play in more of a defensive role and continue using his big body on power plays for his offensive abilities might be the best bet.

3. Win the special teams battle.

In their last meeting against Ottawa on Jan. 9, the Blackhawks went 4-for-6 on the power play and 4-on-4 on the penalty kill in an 8-2 win. And those are two areas to look out for again.

The Senators own the 28th-ranked power play with a 16.1 percent success rate and 29th-ranked penalty kill with a 74.5 percent success rate. Get ready for another offensive outburst?

Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?


Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish and Pat Boyle discuss which Blackhawks could be on the trading block and what players are building blocks for the Hawks future.

Burish also shares a couple memorable trade deadline days and his “near” return to the Blackhawks in 2012. Plus, he makes his bold trade deadline prediction for the Hawks.

Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here: