Blackhawks score three times in third period for 4-1 win over Ducks
The Chicago Blackhawks scored three goals within a six-minute, 45-second span of the third period Friday to beat the Ducks, 4-1, in the Honda Center, extending the Ducks' winless streak to six games.
The Ducks' meltdown began with a terrible giveaway in his own zone by Andy Sutton, whose pass found the stick of Chicago forward Patrick Sharp right in front of the Ducks' net. Sharp snapped his 14th goal of the season past Jonas Hiller for a 2-1 Blackhawks lead at the 2:55 mark of the third.
About three minutes later, Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson took a pass at the point, feigned a shot and, after the Ducks' Dan Sexton skated by, fired a slap shot past Hiller for a 3-1 lead.
The Blackhawks iced the victory at the 9:40 mark on a goal by Troy Brouwer, whose crushing hit on Todd Marchant in Chicago's end dislodged the puck and led to a Blackhawks rush. Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle then pulled Hiller in favor of Curtis McElhinney.
Trailing, 1-0, in the second, Chicago tied the game on a short-handed goal. The Blackhawks went a man down 7:07 into the second when Marian Hossa was called for tripping, but Sharp’s steal and pass to Duncan Keith resulted in a shot that squirted through Hiller’s pads at the 7:40 mark for a 1-1 tie.
The Ducks took advantage of a Fernando Pisani tripping penalty to score a power-play goal for a 1-0 lead 16:49 into the first period.
Sexton, snuffed by Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford on a breakaway with 6 ½ minutes left in the first, redirected a Saku Koivu shot past Crawford for his first goal of the season. Cam Fowler, whose point-to-point pass to Koivu started the goal-scoring sequence, was credited with an assist.
-- Mike DiGiovanna
Photo: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews tries to get a shot on goal against Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller in the first period Friday afternoon at the Honda Center. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press