Toronto, Canada – CHICAGO (Reuters) - Jonas Hiller made 42 saves as the lowly Anaheim Ducks recorded a 3-1 road victory over the high-flying Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.
"Hillsy stole the game for us," Corey Perry, who had Anaheim's opening goal, told reporters. "Simple as that."
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle agreed.
"He was probably single-handedly the most effective player on the ice," Carlyle said. "And that's what you ask from your guy.
"You don't ask for him to win you the game but you ask him to give you a chance. He went above that. He won the hockey game for us."
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville had a similar reaction after his team outshot the Ducks 43-12.
"He didn't give any loose stuff around the net," Quenneville said. "He was smothering a lot of pucks... but he was effective."
The Pacific Division's worst team took a 2-0 lead with first period goals by Perry on 7:29 and Saku Koivu nine minutes later.
Chicago's Duncan Keith trimmed the advantage with a power-play goal at 15:07 in the third period but Teemu Selanne scored an empty netter with seconds to play to earn Anaheim (20-19-7) their fourth successive win.
The loss was the second in a row for the Blackhawks (31-11-4), the runaway leaders in the Central Division.
"It showed we were working," Quenneville said of the big shot advantage.
But the loss did not set well with his players.
"It's frustrating, considering how many shots we had on the net tonight and how hard we worked for those chances," Chicago's Jonathan Toews said.
(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by John O'Brien)