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

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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 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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