Blackhawks even series with 3-OT win over Ducks
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Marcus Kruger scored the winning goal with 3:48 left in the third overtime and the Chicago Blackhawks grabbed a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.
Chicago had a goal waived off in the second overtime after Andrew Shaw was ruled to have head-butted the puck into the net, but Kruger ended the game with his second of the playoffs.
Brent Seabrook had the puck at the right point and fired a shot that hit Kruger in front of the net with Kruger pushing in the puck to end the longest game in Chicago franchise history.
This best-of-seven series is now tied at 1-1 and the next two games will be in Chicago with Game 3 set for Thursday night.
Shaw and Marian Hossa had first period power-play goals for the Blackhawks, who got 60 saves from Corey Crawford in the marathon.
"Corey kept us in the game all night long," said Chicago forward Patrick Sharp. "Seabs (Seabrook) always seems to come up big offensively for us in these overtime situations."
Andrew Cogliano and Corey Perry scored goals, while Frederik Andersen made 53 saves for the Ducks, who had won all six home games in the playoffs before this loss.
"These are the tough ones, but you shake it off and keep going," said Perry. "I had a few I should have buried. We're in for a battle here. The next game is in two days, we'll rest and refocus and be ready to go."
Chicago was awarded a power play just 1:46 in when Patrick Maroon was called for boarding, and scored less than 30 seconds later as Duncan Keith's shot from the left point was redirected between the pads of Andersen by Shaw parked in front of the net.
The Blackhawks were given another man advantage when Clayton Stoner was whistled for cross checking at 5:15, and made it a 2-0 game. Bryan Bickell's shot from the left circle was stopped, but it got behind Andersen. Hossa got a stick on it, but the puck wound up getting knocked into the net by Anaheim's Simon Despres at 6:19.
Just under three minutes later, the Ducks got on the board on a rush play as Nate Thompson threw it on net from the right circle and it hit off the skate of Cogliano and went in to make it a 2-1 game.
Anaheim dominated play in the second period, and was finally able to tie the game with 2:30 to play as Ryan Getzlaf's wrister from the left point was redirected in by Perry in front of the net for his eighth of the playoffs.
Skating 4-on-4 to start the third, Getzlaf was called for tripping 26 seconds in and the Blackhawks eventually skated 5-on-3, but Andersen kept the score tied by making a tough glove save on a Patrick Kane wrister.
Andersen turned aside nine shots in the third, while Crawford stopped eight to force overtime.
A spirited first overtime saw both teams have plenty of chances, but no luck.
Sharp had a hard shot off a 2-on-2 blockered away by Andersen halfway through, and moments later Perry rang a shot off the post.
Anaheim was awarded a power play when Niklas Hjalmarsson was called for tripping, and Sami Vatanen blasted a shot that hit off the post.
Crawford stopped nine shots in the first overtime, while Andersen made eight saves.
Chicago was given a power play at 8:11 of the second overtime after Kyle Palmieri had to sit in the box when Anaheim was called for too many men on the ice.
Kane charged the net from the right side and got a shot off that popped into the air. Shaw leaped up and head-butted the puck in, but a review of the goal saw the officials waive it off with 11:13 left.
Rule 78.5 says a goal will be disallowed "when the puck has been directed, batted or thrown into the net by an attacking player other than with a stick."
Crawford kept the game going with just over eight minutes to play in the second overtime, as he made a tough pad save on a Perry chance in front.
Both goaltenders made 14 saves in the second overtime to send it to a third.
Anaheim's power play was 9-for-30 in the postseason coming into the game, but went 0-for-5 in this contest ... Anaheim's longest-ever game was a 5-OT victory over Dallas in the semifinals on April 24, 2003 ... This is the first- ever postseason meeting between these clubs ... Keith led all skaters in ice time at 49:51.