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game recap

Mighty Ducks 2, Blackhawks 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Mighty Ducks 2, Blackhawks 1
Anaheim Ducks 2, Chicago Blackhawks 1

CHICAGO (AP) - Andy McDonald was at the center of the Anaheim offense in a win over the Blackhawks.

McDonald scored twice and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 22 saves to lead the Mighty Ducks to a 2-1 victory against Chicago. Vitaly Vishnevski assisted on both goals for the Anaheim, which has won four of five.

The Ducks, with 76 points, moved one behind eighth-place Los Angeles and the final Western Conference playoff spot.

McDonald, who has a career-high 24 goals, has been centering a line with Teemu Selanne on the right and, recently, Chris Kunitz on the left. He got a chance to jump into the middle of the Mighty Ducks' top line after Sergei Fedorov was traded to Columbus early in the season.

On Friday, McDonald made the most of it.

"I don't think it's any one thing," McDonald said. "Obviously playing with Teemu, and Chris has been involved with our line and he's helped us a lot.

"This year, I've gotten the opportunity to play in key situations. The coaching staff has shown a lot of confidence in me and I've been healthy. I've struggled with injuries earlier in my career."

Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle wasn't completely pleased with his team's effort, but was impressed with McDonald's contribution.

"We got away from our game plan in the second period, but we did find a way to get ourselves back in the hockey game," he said. "But we won't critique a win. We felt we earned our opportunities.

"He's (McDonald) been given an opportunity because he's earned it. It doesn't hurt to play with Teemu Selanne, with the way he's playing right now. We found a combination that's working for us."

Giguere sealed the win by apparently getting a piece of Patrick Sharp's point-blank shot in the final seconds that then deflected off the post.

"I heard the ping and then heard the buzz of the big horn," Giguere said. "I am just happy that I got lucky on that play, and sometimes you do get lucky. I think we got a big win out of it."

Kyle Calder scored for the Blackhawks, who have lost four of five. Chicago has three wins in 12 games. Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 28 shots, but the Blackhawks were swept 4-0 in the season series with the Ducks.

"The effort for the most part was there, but it was a funny game," Chicago coach Trent Yawney said. "(Sharp) hit the crossbar. That epitomizes our season. We've lost 20 games by one goal."

Anaheim outshot Chicago 14-4 in a scoreless first period, although the Blackhawks failed on several close-in chances late in the frame.

McDonald opened the scoring at 3:15 of the second, completing a 2-on-1 with Selanne. McDonald held the puck instead of making a pass, then beat Khabibulin with a low shot.

Calder tied it 1-all at 6:33. His shot from the right circle deflected off the elevated stick of Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer and past Giguere's stick side.

McDonald gave Anaheim a 2-1 lead at 1:57 of the third. After his shot from the right circle was blocked by Chicago's Duncan Keith, McDonald grabbed the loose puck and fired a rising shot past Khabibulin on the short side .

Notes: McDonald's previous goal-scoring high was 10. He's in his fifth NHL season. ... Anaheim D Jason Marshall and LW Travis Moen were healthy scratches. ... The Ducks played the second of a four-game road trip. They have only seven home games left out of 17. ... Khabibulin started his fifth straight game since returning from a sprained left knee.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
03:15
ANA
Andy McDonald (23) ASST: Chris Kunitz (11), Vitaly Vishnevski (5)
1 - 0 ANA
06:33
CHI
Kyle Calder (16) ASST: Jim Vandermeer (12)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
01:57
ANA
Andy McDonald (24) ASST: Vitaly Vishnevski (6)
2 - 1 ANA
penalty summary
1st Period
07:15
CHI
Kyle Calder  Hooking
09:53
ANA
Ruslan Salei  Tripping against  Kyle Calder
14:46
ANA
Rob Niedermayer  Tripping against  Duncan Keith
16:39
CHI
Kyle Calder  Hooking
17:38
ANA
Joffrey Lupul  Interference against  Duncan Keith
18:34
CHI
Martin Lapointe  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
12:39
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Hooking against  Mark Cullen
15:54
ANA
Vitaly Vishnevski  Boarding against  Radim Vrbata
18:30
CHI
Kyle Calder  Tripping against  Teemu Selanne
19:20
ANA
Joffrey Lupul  Holding against  Duncan Keith
3rd Period
13:17
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien  Tripping against  Chris Kunitz
19:48
ANA
Ruslan Salei  Holding
goalie stats
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 23TOI: 59:51
Saves: 22EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .957SH: 1 - 1
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 30TOI: 58:47
Saves: 28EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .933SH: 2 - 2