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Previous Game: Ducks Edge League-leading Blackhawks, 3-2 in Shootout

Friday, 12.06.2013 / 11:52 PM / News
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Previous Game: Ducks Edge League-leading Blackhawks, 3-2 in Shootout
CHICAGO -- The Anaheim Ducks went to a third straight shootout, and this time they made sure it didn\'t last very long Friday night at United Center.\r\n
CHICAGO -- The Anaheim Ducks went to a third straight shootout, and this time they made sure it didn't last very long Friday night at United Center.

Nick Bonino and Kyle Palmieri scored goals in the shootout and earned the Ducks the extra point in a 3-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Bonino and Palmieri beat Chicago rookie goalie Antti Raanta, and Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller turned away attempts by Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane.

The Ducks ended a two-game winless skid, in which they lost a pair of shootouts, including a nine-rounder to the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center on Tuesday.

"It's just a point in the end, but it's still winning and losing, and winning is definitely more fun," said Hiller. "It was nice to have the guys score a couple up front in the shootout, and it was nice to finally win the shootout."

The Blackhawks are winless in three straight games for the first time this season, but came inches away from erasing their losing streak if not for a highlight-reel save from Hiller stopping Toews on the doorstep in overtime.

"I thought the best one was in OT, on the back door," Hiller said of the save. "I thought I had a few good saves there. I wasn't happy with the first goal, but I felt I played a pretty solid period and I think everybody was working hard. That's why, in the end, we deserved to win."

Anaheim is searching for some secondary scoring, but as long as they keep earning points off their top line's production, they'll take it. Hiller (23 saves) was strong in net, and the top line of Dustin Penner, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry led the way offensively.

Getzlaf had a goal and assist, Perry scored his 17th goal, and Penner picked up a secondary assist before ending his night late in the third when he was assessed a 10-minute misconduct for shooting a puck after a play was blown dead.

Penner increased his point streak to six games (5g/3a), matching his career high. He also did so Mar. 5-15, 2011 with LA.

His linemate Getzlaf is now riding a 10-game point streak - the longest current streak in the league. He also has points in the last 12 games he has played in (missed three due to injury) - his longest since a career-high 15-game point streak from Dec. 22, 2007 - Jan. 23, 2008.

The Ducks nearly won in overtime when Mark Fistric tapped home a rebound at the side of the net. The goal was immediately waived off by referee Kevin Pollock because goalie Antti Raanta was bowled over in the crease. Replays showed Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook cross-checked Saku Koivu into Raanta as a shot from the point was launched.

Hiller had to make a great sprawling save off a rebound against Brandon Bollig 1:50 into the game to keep it scoreless, but it didn't stay that way much longer.

After Perry lost his stick in front of the net, he picked it up and tipped a wrister by Getzlaf from the left circle past Raanta at 3:20 for a 1-0 lead. Ben Smith tied it 1-1, 45 seconds later with a wrister from the top of the right circle that skipped between Hiller's pads.

The tie wasn't broken until Chicago's season-long issues on the penalty kill cropped up at 10:05 of the second period, when Getzlaf fired a long shot from above the right circle that trickled through Raanta's pads with one second left on a power play.

Getzlaf's goal, scored during Anaheim's first man-advantage, was the fourth time in as many games Chicago has allowed at least one power-play goal. It was the 24th power-play goal they allowed in 85 chances, after giving up 18 through the entire 48-game schedule last season.

Kris Versteeg's power-play goal made up for it with 2:12 left in the second period. His second goal in 12 games since coming to Chicago in a trade with the Florida Panthers tied it 2-2. After his initial shot was blocked in front of the net, the puck came right back and Versteeg buried the rebound with a wrister from the low slot.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 46 15 35 12 50
C. Perry 32 19 12 15 31
R. Kesler 47 13 17 -2 30
S. Vatanen 47 10 19 3 29
M. Beleskey 46 17 7 12 24
C. Fowler 46 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 39 4 18 1 22
H. Lindholm 46 5 14 13 19
J. Silfverberg 47 6 12 2 18
D. Smith-Pelly 41 4 11 5 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 26 6 5 .917 2.30

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