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Ducks 3, Chicago 1

Wednesday, 03.28.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Ducks 3, Chicago 1

By Adam Brady

Dustin Penner scored two in the second period and enforcer George Parros had his first of the season as the Ducks took down the Blackhawks at United Center.

Anaheim went down 1-0 on a Radim Vrbata goal with 1:30 left in the first, but came back with three unanswered. Penner scored at 7:55 and 14:19 in the second, giving the rookie 28 on the season. Corey Perry had assists on both Penner goals.

On the first goal, Perry gave Penner a cross-ice pass that Penner shot between the legs of goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. Less than seven minutes later, Perry's shot caromed off the goalie and Penner quickly buried the rebound.

Parros couldn't hide the smile when he added an insurance goal with 6:42 left off a rebound from a Brad May shot.

Ilya Bryzgalov saved 20 of the 21 Chicago shots on goal, as the Blackhawks lost their sixth straight.

Todd Marchant played 7:28 in his first game back after missing 17 with an abdominal strain.

The victory gave the Ducks 102 points on the season, giving them a four-point lead in the Pacific Division over Dallas and San Jose and pulling them within three of Western Conference-leading Nashville.

The Ducks play tomorrow at Columbus at 4 p.m. (PDT).

FINAL 1 2 3 T
Anaheim   0 2 3
Chicago   1 0 1

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GAME PREVIEW

The Ducks resume their chase of a Pacific Division title and the Western Conference's top seed when they visit the Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

While the Anaheim Ducks are looking to finish at the top of the conference standings, the Chicago Blackhawks want to avoid ending up at the bottom.

This visit to the United Center appears to be well-timed for the Ducks (44-20-12), hoping to reduce their deficit on Nashville and Detroit in the conference race while extending their lead over Dallas and San Jose in the Pacific Division.

The Blackhawks (27-39-9) are likely to finish in last place in the Central Division for the second time in three seasons and must outplay Phoenix down the stretch to avoid finishing with the worst record in the West.

Chicago has gone winless through the first half of a season-high six-game homestand, extending its overall losing streak to five games. The Blackhawks are 14-19-4 at the United Center and have the fewest home wins among Western teams - only Philadelphia has fewer with eight.

The Ducks have only one regulation loss in the last 16 matchups against Chicago, including an 8-0-1 mark since Nov. 2, 2003.

Anaheim was unable to reverse its road woes on Monday, losing 1-0 to Detroit as Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 27 saves but allowed a second-period goal to Pavel Datsyuk.

"Exactly like a playoff game," said Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne, who is pointless in a season-high three straight games. "We stopped skating in the second period."

Giguere has followed a five-game win streak by losing three of his last four starts. However, he has won four straight and eight of nine starts versus the Blackhawks, and has not allowed more than three goals in his last 15 games against them.

Chicago has not scored more than twice in any outing during its five-game skid, including a 3-2 loss to Calgary on Sunday as the team blew a third-period lead.

"We've got a young team, young players that are learning, including myself," Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith said. "It's important for us to kind of buckle down in the third period and find a way to win some of these games."

Nikolai Khabibulin, hoping to end a four-game skid during which he's allowed 15 goals, has lost all but one of his last six starts against Anaheim.

Among the Blackhawks struggling offensively is leading scorer Martin Havlat, who has no goals and five assists in 12 games this month.

Chicago had allowed at least one power-play goal in seven straight games, giving up 14 in 43 short-handed situations, before killing off all four of Calgary's opportunities on Sunday.

Anaheim has failed to score a power-play goal in each of its last four losses, and has at least two in each of its last four wins.

- Associated Press contributed to this report

SEASON SERIES
DATE SCORE WINNING GOALIE GWG
Mar 16, 2007 5 - 2 I. BRYZGALOV T. SELANNE
Nov 17, 2006 4 - 3 N. KHABIBULIN T. RUUTU
Oct 6, 2006 3 - 0 I. BRYZGALOV D. PENNER

DATE 1st STAR
Mar 16, 2007 ANDY MCDONALD
Nov 17, 2006 SCOTT NIEDERMAYER
Oct 28, 2006 DUSTIN PENNER

RECENT 5 GAMES
DATE RESULT DATE RESULT
Mar 26, 2007   ANA 0 @ DET 1
Mar 23, 2007   DAL 2 @ ANA 3
Mar 22, 2007   ANA 1 @ PHX 2
Mar 18, 2007   LAK 5 @ ANA 3
Mar 16, 2007   CHI 2 @ ANA 5
Mar 25, 2007  CGY 3 @ CHI 2
Mar 23, 2007  LAK 2 @ CHI 1
Mar 21, 2007  SJS 4 @ CHI 1
Mar 20, 2007  CHI 2 @ CBJ 5
Mar 16, 2007 CHI 2 @ ANA 5

NEXT 5 GAMES
DATE DATE
Mar 28, 2007   ANA @ CHI
Mar 29, 2007   ANA @ CBJ
Mar 31, 2007   ANA @ STL
Apr 4, 2007   SJS @ ANA
Apr 6, 2007   ANA @ DAL
Mar 28, 2007   ANA @ CHI
Mar 30, 2007   CBJ @ CHI
Apr 1, 2007   EDM @ CHI
Apr 3, 2007   CHI @ NSH
Apr 5, 2007   DET @ CHI

 


TEAM COMPARISON
2006-2007 Team Stats
100 Points: 63
44 Wins: 27
5 ShutOuts: 3
3 Power Play Rank: 30
7 Penalty Kill Rank: 15
.741 Win % When Leading After 1: .560
.853 Win % When Leading After 2: .714
.421 Win % When Trailing After 1: .154
.200 Win % When Trailing After 2: .195


TEAM LEADERS
GOALS: T. SELANNE 44 M. HAVLAT 24
ASSISTS: S. NIEDERMAYER 51 M. HAVLAT 30
POINTS: T. SELANNE 86 M. HAVLAT 54
+/-: C. PRONGER 26 M. HAVLAT 14
OT GOALS: T. SELANNE 2 J. HAMILTON 1

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48


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