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Ducks' Ryan Kesler: Blackhawks are 'a beatable team'

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Ducks' Ryan Kesler: Blackhawks are 'a beatable team'

The Blackhawks and Ducks found out early Monday morning that the two would square off in the Western Conference Final, and they haven't wasted any time mixing it up.

A day after Andrew Shaw iterated, "the bigger they are, the harder they fall," regarding Anaheim's size and grit, Ryan Kesler decided to sweeten the pot.

"A good team, fast team," Kesler said after Tuesday's morning skate. "A beatable team, though."

The Blackhawks are no stranger to Kesler, who faced Chicago in three consecutive postseasons from 2009-2011 with the Vancouver Canucks.

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The Blackhawks got the best of the Canucks in two of those three meetings, including 2010 which ended in a Stanley Cup victory. Vancouver got revenge the following year, but fell a game short of winning the Stanley Cup.

The Ducks acquired the 30-year-old center last offseason to strengthen their depth up the middle and take away some of the pressure from captain Ryan Getzlaf. They knew his skill set could bring them closer to their ultimate goal of winning a championship.

But perhaps what really intrigued Anaheim is Kesler's ability to provide an edge on and off the ice, and do so without sacrificing other parts of his game.

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Kesler has nine points (four goals, five assists) in as many postseason games so far, including a game-winning goal in Anaheim's close-out game against the Winnipeg Jets in the first round.

The production is there, and always has been.

But if getting under the skin of an opponent like the Blackhawks helps the Ducks advance even further in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, mission accomplished.

Other Notes

  • Corey Perry did not participate in the team's morning skate Tuesday, but coach Bruce Boudreau said it was "just a maintenance day. He'll be back on the ice next practice."

Patrick Kane passes Bobby Hull for third place in Blackhawks' all-time playoff points

Patrick Kane passes Bobby Hull for third place in Blackhawks' all-time playoff points

On Thursday, Patrick Kane made even more history to cement himself among top all-time legendary Blackhawks in the Hawks' 4-3 overtime loss in Game 2 of the first round Stanley Cup Playoffs series against the Vegas Golden Knights.

In the second period of Game 2, Kane recorded three points off three assists to pass Bobby Hull (129) for third in most playoff points in Hawks history with 130. Denis Savard is in second with 145 and Stan Mikita is No. 1 with 150.

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"Well, I've been fortunate to play on some amazing teams. And I guess when you have some deep runs in the playoffs, you're going to have the chance to put up numbers and points when you're an offensive guy," a humble Kane said following Thursday's loss. "So I appreciate those teams I've been on, trying to do the same thing here with this team.

"I think we got a good group. I think we proved it all year when we played in tough situations, faced some adversity that we were able to come back, we're able to work our way out of it. This isn't a team that's going to give up and I think we're in a situation here where we're coming into a day off then a back-to-back situation and we feel we got a young team with some fresh legs, so hopefully that can be used to our advantage."

The Hawks take on the Knights in Game 3 Saturday at 7 p.m. and Game 4 Sunday at 5:30 p.m. CT.

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Hawks vs. Vegas Golden Knights, Game 2 recap

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Hawks vs. Vegas Golden Knights, Game 2 recap

The Hawks lose their second straight game in a close OT finish to the Vegas Golden Knights and are now down 2-0 in the series. Host Pat Boyle is joined by Blackhawks analyst Steve Konroyd, as they discuss the heartbreaking Game 2 loss, what went wrong, and how the Hawks can climb back from the series deficit.

(1:00) - Vegas Golden Knights stay hot

(7:22) - Hawks line shakeup in Game 2

(11:30) - Vegas Golden Knights are outshooting their opponents

(16:00) - How the switch to becoming the home team can help the Hawks

(19:30) - The Hawks have been down before, they can come back

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