The Anaheim Ducks have used a season-high road trip to bounce back in the playoff race. At the conclusion of their journey, they face a Chicago Blackhawks team looking to turn around its play at home.
The Ducks seek a fourth win to cap their six-game trek Tuesday night against the Blackhawks, who will attempt to avoid a sixth loss in eight home games.
After a 5-2 defeat - its third straight loss overall - on Feb. 20 at Detroit to start its trip, Anaheim (31-28-5) has won three of its past four and recovered from its worst defeat of the season with a comeback win Saturday in Dallas.
The Ducks, who were routed 6-0 at Boston on Thursday, took a 4-3 victory over the Stars as Andrew Ebbett had a goal and two assists, including one on Teemu Selanne's game-winner with 9:39 to play.
The win pushed Anaheim into a tie for seventh in the highly contested Western Conference with Edmonton at 67 points, but only four points separates sixth place from 12th.
"It was a big game for our team," said goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who was pulled in the loss to Boston but earned his 200th win with the team Saturday. "We'll finish the road trip with at least a .500 record."
Giguere has started all five games and allowed 10 goals in his last four. With Jonas Hiller losing two of three meetings this season with Chicago, the Ducks likely will turn to Giguere again.
In his past 11 starts against the Blackhawks, Giguere is 9-2-0 with a 2.29 GAA and 4-1-0 in his last five at the United Center with a 2.22 GAA. In Anaheim's previous trip to Chicago on Dec. 3, Hiller allowed three goals in the final 5:45 as the Blackhawks rallied for a 4-2 win.
Selanne, who missed 17 games after lacerating his thigh with his skate, has five goals in the last seven games. He scored in the Dec. 3 loss and had a career-high five points against Chicago on Feb. 24, 2008.
Scoring three times in the first 16:22, the Blackhawks (35-17-9) avoided a season-high fourth straight loss with Sunday's 4-2 home victory over Los Angeles. Chicago, which had three February home games, plays 14 of its final 21 at the United Center, but is 2-3-2 in its last eight there after winning 14 of its first 20.
"When you lose three in a row, it gets your attention," coach Joel Quenneville said. "A good start was something we were looking for, and getting that lead early helped."
The win helped maintain a seven-point lead over fifth-place Vancouver in the West and a 13-point edge over ninth-place Nashville for the Blackhawks, who haven't reached the postseason since 2001-02.
After giving Antti Niemi his first NHL start, Quenneville could look back to Cristobal Huet with Nikolai Khabibulin's groin still ailing. Huet made eight straight starts before Sunday's game, but faltered at the end of that run and was pulled for Niemi in Friday night's 5-4 overtime loss to visiting Pittsburgh.
Huet, who is 3-2-0 lifetime against the Ducks with a 2.72 GAA, has allowed 11 goals in losing two of his past three starts after winning four in a row.
Jonathan Toews scored his team-leading 26th goal Sunday, and has 10 goals and 14 points in the last 10 games. Martin Havlat is on an eight-game point streak with three goals and 10 assists, and Patrick Kane has a point in five straight.
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