A couple of Chicago's biggest stars were shut out in Anaheim, and the Ducks' fourth line caused a bunch of problems for the Blackhawks. The goalie who lost the starting job during the first round made 60 saves in a game Chicago desperately needed.
Stoner only received a two-minute minor, upon which the Hawks were able to capitalize in a rare power-play goal, while Kruger remained in the game, which turned out to be key hours later in the Hawks' thrilling 3-2 win played in three overtimes, the longest game ever in the franchise's 89-year history.
Frederik Andersen finished with 53 saves.
"Both goalies are playing really well,” Chicago center Brad Richards said Wednesday. After falling behind in the first period in Game 2, the Ducks ramped up their forecheck to draw even and keep pace with the team that has won two of the past five Stanley Cup titles.
With that in mind, check out this screenshot of the box score from last night, focusing on the number of hits the Ducks dished out and the three players who logged the most ice time for the Blackhawks.
In my mind, players who embellish are showing a blatant disrespect for the game that makes them millions. "You have to have every line contributing....so we are going to continue to do that". "You know, they're in good physical shape". "We had the puck on our stick quite a few times and... we hit enough posts and everything else". The Rangers have battled back from 3-1 playoff deficits in each of the past two years, and a home loss is not going to derail them.
In Game 2 of their Western Conference Final, the Blackhawks evened up the series with the Ducks after a 3-2 triple overtime win, the longest game in Chicago’s history and second-longest in Anaheim’s.
First of all, we have all seen how resilient this year’s Ducks are. I know it isn’t just Moore (he’s neither the first nor the last to embellish) and other players in the League have done much worse to get a call in their favor, but I see embellishment as cheating; it is players taking the easy way out. Despite logging so few minutes, he still managed to turn the puck over three times. Not disappointed, but angry.
Palmieri hadn't scored a goal since late March, but kept his lineup spot with hard work and faith from Boudreau. In the second overtime they thought Andrew Shaw won it for them after he scored a goal... with his head.
It’s a shame either of them had to lose after they prolonged arguably the most intense and exciting contest of the season nearly double the length of a regular game.
The Ducks outshot the Blackhawks 17-1 in the final 12:48 of the period, and the relentless pressure finally paid off in a tying goal, after a long shift in the Chicago end, with Perry tipping a knee-high Ryan Getzlaf shot past Crawford at 17:30. David Rundblad is a disaster in his own zone, as evident in Game 1 against the Ducks. Their goalie has been pretty solid throughout the playoffs. And the best song you can name about the good old hockey game is "The Hockey Song". "I think the goaltenders stole the show". It was his eighth goal of the playoffs. He later had a game winning goal disallowed because he "headbutted" the puck into the net.
"It seems like [Brent Seabrook] is always the guy having an influence on the game offensively and in an overtime game like that,” Chicago forward Patrick Sharp said. "That's not his fault". After the ensuing faceoff, Beleskey took the puck to the net and forced Crawford to make a slightly better save.