Chicago - The Anaheim Ducks pulled out the brooms and became the first (and so far only) team to beat the Chicago Blackhawks multiple times this season. The Ducks used the physical and slowed down approach that seems to be the Achilles’ Heel of the Western Conference leaders. With the sweep however, they may have hurt their chances in the playoffs should they face the ‘Hawks. This would be the only drawback though.
Mar 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) and Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) batt;e for he puck during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The opening frame saw the Blackhawks out-hit the Ducks 12-4. Anaheim failed to convert their lone power play opportunity when Niklas Hjalmarsson was called for interference on Bobby Ryan.
The middle frame saw the visitors gain an upper hand, not only on the scoreboard, but the physicality in the game. Corey Perry, who missed the last game at the Honda Center while on suspension, netted his 11th of the year at the 1:15 mark. Jonas Hiller made a multitude of saves throughout the frame. The Ducks were able to kill off both penalties on Perry and Luca Sbisa for hooking and interference respectively.
The third period was hotly contested. The Ducks started off slow and allowed Patrick Kane to score on a power play at the 2:26 after Sheldon Souray shot the puck over the glass. The two teams continued the physical, close play. with just over two minutes left in the game, Souray netted his seventh of the year to put the Ducks ahead. Ray Emery was pulled soon after, but was unsuccessful in converting, even after Francois Beauchemin was called for slashing in the closing seconds.
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