Previous Game: Ducks Blanked by Blackhawks in Tight Battle at Honda Center

Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 9:00 AM / News
ANAHEIM – In a game that had all the flair and tension expected of a 1 vs. 2 matchup, the Ducks again managed to fall short at Honda Center.

Anaheim’s lead in the NHL standings was trimmed to just a single point at the hands of the second-place Blackhawks, who shut down the Ducks defensively in a 2-0 victory in front of a standing-room-only throng of 17,446.

Marian Hossa’s goal just 39 seconds into the second period and an insurance dagger by Jonathan Toews late in the third buried the Ducks, a once-dominant home team that fell to 1-4-0 on its five-game homestand.

The Blackhawks made things difficult on the Ducks attack all night, blocking 22 shots and stamping out all five power play opportunities as goalie Corey Crawford saved all 29 shots he saw. Anaheim, which has scored five goals or more 16 times this season, has scored just twice in its last three games.

"You’re going to go through highs and lows scoring goals," said Ducks winger Corey Perry. "Right now we’re in a rough patch. We’ve scored one or two goals in the last three games. Especially at home, it doesn’t win hockey games. We had a good effort tonight, but the bounces just didn’t go our way."

Meanwhile, tonight marked the first time the Ducks have lost three straight in regulation all season.

"It was no moral victory, but we did have a much better effort," said Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy. "We ran into a good team with a good goaltender, but we’re out here to win games. I think everybody in the room feels like that was better, but we want to win."

Anaheim and Chicago had a combined .720 winning percentage entering the game, the highest percentage by two teams at this stage of the season since the Detroit Red Wings faced the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 25, 2009.

And this one didn't disappoint. After a scoreless first, Chicago got the game’s first goal just 39 seconds into the second period, as Patrick Sharp fed into the slot to Marian Hossa, who lost Cam Fowler before flipping a shot past goalie Jonas Hiller.

The Ducks had a number of opportunities in the first two periods, but were 0 for 5 on the power play, including a 4-minute man advantage that came from a Michal Rozsival high-sticking infraction near the end of the second.

But they couldn’t cash any of them in, and their attempts to tie the game late was thwarted by Toews, who skated into the slot and slipped a shot under Hiller’s arm with 2:31 left. Hiller kept the Ducks in it with a number of great saves, though the defense in front of him only allowed 25 shots.

"Nobody likes to lose," said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. "We’ll recover and get back at it tomorrow. I thought we played a pretty good hockey game. It was a 1-0 game for 57 minutes or so. It could’ve very easily been 1-0 the other way, so I’m not going to sit here and [complain] like we’re dying here."

The Ducks still own the NHL's best record at 40-14-5 (85 points), but Chicago is breathing down their necks at 35-10-14 (84 points).

"We’re still in first place overall in the league," Boudreau said. "There are a lot of teams that would love to be in our position right now. We will overcome this and we’re going to be fine. We’re going to be there when it counts."

The Ducks, who had their seven Olympians honored after the game, head to Nashville on Saturday for their last test before the two-week Olympic break.

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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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 2 2 2 4 4
C. Perry 2 1 1 3 2
M. Beleskey 1 1 1 1 2
F. Beauchemin 2 0 2 0 2
A. Cogliano 2 1 0 0 1
M. Perreault 2 1 0 0 1
K. Palmieri 2 1 0 -1 1
T. Selanne 2 0 1 0 1
N. Bonino 2 0 1 0 1
P. Maroon 2 0 1 0 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 2 0 0 .930 2.50
 

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