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Ducks 5, Blackhawks 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor

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Ducks 5, Blackhawks 3
Anaheim Ducks 5, Chicago Blackhawks 3
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Anaheim fought off a furious Chicago rally while being outshot 42-22 to hang on for a 5-3 decision over the Blackhawks Friday at the United Center.

Chris Kunitz's 2nd goal of the game into an empty net with 29 seconds left in regulation iced the win for the defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks.

The Hawks pulled goalie Nikolai Khabibulin for an extra attacker in the final two minutes of the 3rd to cut the Ducks lead to 4-3 when Robert Lang deflected Martin Havlat's long shot past goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere at 18:10.

However, Kunitz outfought Hawks defenseman Dustin Byfuglien for a loose puck and managed to get the empty net goal at 19:31.

Chicago outshot Anaheim in every period and enjoyed an 18-6 margin in the final frame, but Giguere managed to stop everything but Lang's deflection.

The Hawks jumped out to an early lead on a power play 67 seconds into the game when rookie Jonathan Toews notched his 11th goal by stuffing in Byfuglien's rebound just outside the goal crease.

The Ducks tied the score on a power play at 13:54 when Corey Perry picked up his 15th of the season off a rebound shot by Ryan Getzlaf.

Patrick Sharp gave the Hawks the lead at the start of the 2nd period with his team-high 13th goal on a strange play. Sharp broke into the Anaheim zone and fell near the right faceoff circle. With his back to the net, he managed to direct a shot at the goal which glanced off Kunitz's skate past Giguere.

Kunitz redeemed himself to tie the score at 7:15 when his 20-footer bounced off Khabibulin's arm.

The Ducks took the lead at 11:47 when Mathieu Schneider's 25-footer caught the upper corner of the net for his 4th of the campaign.

In the final five seconds of the period, Havlat almost tied the game but Giguere made a key save.

The Hawks began the final period with a lot of pressure on Giguere, but at 4:31 Getzlaf, coming off the bench on the fly, managed a breakaway to beat Khabibulin with a backhander in-close for his 12th goal and a 4-2 Ducks' lead.

Chicago kept firing but Giguere made big saves on Duncan Keith and Tuomo Ruutu.

Byfuglien and Sharp each had 7 shots on goal; Lang finished with 6.

Hawks coach Denis Savard said it was a "gutsy effort" by his players and only the great goaltending by Giguere prevented a victory.

The Hawks continue their homestand Sunday night (6 pm) at the United Center against the Calgary Flames.

AP Notes: Blackhawks C Jason Williams missed his fourth straight game and eighth in the last nine with a nagging groin injury and is out indefinitely. ... RW Rene Bourque missed his eighth game with a broken thumb. Rookie C Jacob Dowell missed his fourth game with a broken right foot. ... Anaheim C Brian Sutherby missed his second game with a groin injury and is day to day.

Ducks Quotes

Defenseman Mathieu Schneider: "That's a much different team over there this year than we've seen over the last two years in Chicago. Very aggressive, just some incredible offense, talent, and I think you're going to see great things in the future. They're going through a growth and I think the first 20 games for the young guys, obviously, they surprised everyone and now they're going to be up against No. 1 checking lines and it's going to be a learning experience for them. But they're going to have a great team for sure.

"This was an important game for us. I thought we came out a little slow but I thought we played a real strong road game. At the end it's natural to sit back and I thought we sat back a lot in the third. I would like to be a little more aggressive but that comes with confidence building a winning streak."

Head coach Randy Carlyle: "For us it's important that we play a real strong brand of hockey and that's what we were able to display. I think our power play got us a big goal to get back in it. We weren't very good in the first period but I thought after that we were pretty good in the hockey game.

"We know that we're going to play a bunch of games on the road and our hockey club feels that we can have success on the road if we can establish a strong fore checking game and a disciplined game.

"We lost the faceoff on the goaltender … it hit their glove and it was a good goal. It was reviewed and that's the way you have to deal with it. Those are the situations that you are presented with. That's just the way it is; that's the game of hockey. In the end if you work hard enough usually you can get an earn your breaks."

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Jonathan Toews (11) ASST: Dustin Byfuglien (4), Patrick Kane (21)
1 - 0 CHI
PPG - Corey Perry (15) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (19), Chris Pronger (19)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
Patrick Sharp (13) ASST: Dave Bolland (4)
2 - 1 CHI
Chris Kunitz (10) ASST: Corey Perry (8), Ryan Getzlaf (20)
2 - 2 Tie
Mathieu Schneider (4) ASST: George Parros (2), Brad May (1)
3 - 2 ANA
3rd Period
Ryan Getzlaf (12) ASST: Francois Beauchemin (11)
4 - 2 ANA
Robert Lang (8) ASST: Martin Havlat (2)
4 - 3 ANA
EN - Chris Kunitz (11) ASST: NONE
5 - 3 ANA
penalty summary
1st Period
Francois Beauchemin  Slashing against  Patrick Sharp
David Koci  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Getzlaf
George Parros  Fighting (maj) against  David Koci
James Wisniewski  Hooking against  Andy McDonald
Todd Marchant  Slashing against  Dave Bolland
2nd Period
Adam Burish  Hooking against  Ryan Getzlaf
Patrick Sharp  Holding the stick against  Joe Dipenta
Andrei Zyuzin  Delay of game
Samuel Pahlsson  Cross checking against  Adam Burish
3rd Period
Jim Vandermeer  Tripping against  Todd Marchant
Colin Fraser  Tripping against  Brad May
Adam Burish  Fighting (maj) against  Joe Dipenta
Joe Dipenta  Fighting (maj) against  Adam Burish
goalie stats
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 42TOI: 60:00
Saves: 39EV: 36 - 38
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .929SH: 0 - 0
Nikolai Khabibulin
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 21TOI: 58:54
Saves: 17EV: 9 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .810SH: 0 - 0