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Andersen makes 27 saves, Ducks beat Blackhawks 2-1 in Game 3 of Western Conference finals

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Simon Despres (24) celebrates a goal with his teammates during the second period of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Simon Despres (24) celebrates a goal with his teammates during the second period of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Simon Despres, second from right, celebrates a goal with his teammates during the second period of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Simon Despres, second from right, celebrates a goal with his teammates during the second period of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford reaches for the puck during the second period in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Anaheim Ducks in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford reaches for the puck during the second period in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Anaheim Ducks in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)  (The Associated Press)

Frederik Andersen made 27 saves, helping Anaheim kill off five power plays, and the Ducks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Defenseman Simon Despres scored his first career playoff goal in the second period as top-seeded Anaheim bounced back quite nicely from a triple-overtime loss at home in Game 2. Patrick Maroon had a power-play goal and Ryan Getzlaf added two assists.

Ryan Kesler's two holding penalties contributed to more than nine power-play minutes for the Blackhawks, but the Ducks' penalty killers kept most of Chicago's opportunities to the outside and Andersen stood his ground during a couple of goalmouth scrums.

Patrick Kane scored his eighth playoff goal for Chicago, and Corey Crawford made 25 saves.

Game 4 is Saturday night in Chicago.