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Ducks Score Late in Regulation, Complete Season Sweep of Blackhawks

Saturday, 03.30.2013 / 1:10 PM

CHICAGO -- The Anaheim Ducks used a different formula Friday night, but they proved that they can beat the Chicago Blackhawks in any number of ways.

This time, the Ducks took a lead into the third period, lost it, then scored the winning goal with 2:08 remaining to take a 2-1 victory at United Center and improve to 3-0-0 in the season series against the Blackhawks. The win also snapped Anaheim's four-game losing streak.

It's the third time in as many games this season that Anaheim has scored in the final few minutes of regulation against the Blackhawks. The Ducks won the first meeting in a shootout after scoring the game-tying goal in the waning moments. They won the second meeting nine days ago in regulation by scoring three goals in the final five-plus minutes.

"That's the way we have to play," said Corey Perry. "I thought we had a great game tonight. We were in on the forecheck, we were playing with the puck."

With the regulation win Friday, the second-place Ducks moved within three points of the first-place Blackhawks in the Western Conference standings.

Sheldon Souray provided the difference Friday night when his shot from the left point made it through a screen and beat Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery, who made 22 saves, including several dazzling stops to keep the Hawks in the game when they were trailing 1-0. It was Emery's first loss this season after 12 consecutive victories.

Patrick Kane scored for the Blackhawks and Corey Perry had the other goal for Anaheim. Jonas Hiller made 25 saves to get the win for Anaheim.

Anaheim was outscored 9-1 by the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks in the first period of its previous four games. The Ducks, though, got out of the first period Friday night unscathed.

Perry scored early in the second period, but Kane tied the game at 1-1 with a power-play goal 2:26 into the third period. However, it was the game-changing save by Emery just seconds earlier that gave Chicago a chance to get even.

Emery, who in the second period made a picture-perfect poke check to stop Emerson Etem on a shorthanded chance, went all Gumby on Daniel Winnik to stop the Ducks' forward from scoring a shorthanded goal.

Emery came out of his net, went down on his stomach and stretched his legs as far to his right as he could. Winnik's backhanded shot from the slot got past Emery's front right leg, but it couldn't clear his back leg, the one closest to the crease.

Chicago went the other way and Kane, using a screen by 6-foot-6, 220-pound Jimmy Hayes, ripped a shot past Hiller and into the top right corner of the net to tie the game.

Perry gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead just 1:15 into the second period. They carried it into the second intermission, giving them a lead against Chicago after two periods for the first time this season.

Perry rifled a low shot off the iron and past Emery from the right circle to give the Ducks the lead. Bobby Ryan gave Perry a chance with a bank pass off the boards near the Ducks' bench that went around Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya and right onto Perry's stick blade.

Oduya was pinching high on the play and got burned by Ryan's decision to pass the puck off the boards.

The Blackhawks had two power-play opportunities in the final 14 minutes of the period, but managed only two shots on goal. It was on the first power play that Etem nearly scored a shorthanded goal by going around Brent Seabrook. However, he couldn't get past Emery's long poke check, which actually led to a 3-on-2 break the other way.

Chicago wasn't quick enough with the odd-man rush. Anaheim was able to retreat and defenseman Bryan Allen ended up blocking Brandon Saad's shot from the right circle.

Defenseman Nick Leddy was inches from tying the game halfway through the second period, but his shot from the left point hit the left post and came out into the slot. Victor Stalberg was alone in the slot and had an empty net, but he whiffed on the rebound attempt and the puck went wide right of the cage.

Ryan was similarly inches away from giving the Ducks a 2-0 lead at the 15-minute mark, but his shot rang off the crossbar.

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