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Anaheim Ducks 5, Chicago Blackhawks 2 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

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Anaheim Ducks 5, Chicago Blackhawks 2 FINAL
Anaheim Ducks 5, Chicago Blackhawks 2

CHICAGO (AP) _ Steve Rucchin credited Jean-Sebastian Giguere with making the Anahein Mighty Ducks' win look easy.

Giguere made 34 saves and Rucchin scored two third-period goals and an assist to lead the Mighty Ducks over the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 Friday night.

``It wasn't really a 5-2 game,'' Rucchin said. ``It was a lot closer. They had a lot of good chances. Once again our goaltender, as he has been since the All-Star break, was responsible for our getting two points.

``We had a pretty good team effort, but it wasn't pretty,'' Rucchin added. ``We found a way to win, or basically J.S. found a way for us to win.''

Petr Sykora, Sergei Fedorov and Rob Niedermayer also scored for Anaheim, which rolled to its third straight win. The Mighty Ducks are 9-3-1-1 in their last 14 games.

Chicago rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie it midway throught the second period.

``We played well in the first period and then we kind of went to sleep in the second,'' Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said.

Niedermayer's goal with 3:33 left in the second gave Anaheim a 3-2 lead. Then Rucchin _ with help from linemates Vaclac Prospal and Joffrey Lupul _ put the game out of reach in the third.

``I talked to Ruch and his line about their last game,'' Babcock said. ``We didn't think they were very darn good actually. They responded.''

Chicago's Eric Daze, playing his first game since undergoing back surgery on Dec. 3, had a goal and an assist. Deron Quint also scored for the Blackhawks, who are winless in five straight (0-3-2).

Daze's goal was his first this season. He has missed 63 games with a herniated disc in his lower back.

``Offensively, I thought we had enough that we could have won,'' Daze said. ``but defensively we struggled in the game.''

Michael Leighton made 31 saves, several on rebounds and close-in chances.

Sykora opened the scoring 1:14 into the first period. After Chicago defenseman Jim Vandermeer lost the puck in the slot, Sykora moved in alone on Leighton and fired in a low shot.

Fedorov's power-play goal with 6:29 left in the first gave Anaheim a 2-0 lead. He banged in a shot from a scramble in front of the net.

Quint cut it to 2-1 on a shot from the left point at 11:02 of the second. And Daze tied it 2:23 later on a low slap shot from the top of left circle. The drive struck Giguere's pads, but trickled in between them.

Niedermayer put the Mighty Ducks back in front 3-2 with 3:33 left in the second.

After Leighton stopped three shots during an Anaheim flurry, Niedermayer skated from behind the net, turned and ripped a shot just under the crossbar.

Rucchin made it 4-2 with a power-play goal and 4:35 of the third. He slipped away from coverage in front of the net and fired in Sykora's feed from the corner.

Rucchin completed the scoring with 7:23 left in the third.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:14
ANA
Petr Sykora (19) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 ANA
13:31
ANA
PPG - Sergei Fedorov (24) ASST: Steve Rucchin (18), Niclas Havelid (18)
2 - 0 ANA
2nd Period
11:02
CHI
PPG - Deron Quint (3) ASST: Bryan Berard (25), Eric Daze (1)
2 - 1 ANA
13:25
CHI
Eric Daze (1) ASST: Deron Quint (5)
2 - 2 Tie
16:27
ANA
Rob Niedermayer (10) ASST: Andy McDonald (18), Samuel Pahlsson (11)
3 - 2 ANA
3rd Period
04:35
ANA
PPG - Steve Rucchin (16) ASST: Petr Sykora (26), Vinny Prospal (28)
4 - 2 ANA
12:37
ANA
Steve Rucchin (17) ASST: Vinny Prospal (29), Joffrey Lupul (17)
5 - 2 ANA
penalty summary
1st Period
02:19
ANA
Garrett Burnett  Fighting (maj) against  Jason Strudwick
02:19
CHI
Jason Strudwick  Fighting (maj) against  Garrett Burnett
05:16
ANA
Lance Ward  Slashing against  Scott Nichol
08:43
ANA
Garrett Burnett  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Vandenbussche
08:43
CHI
Ryan Vandenbussche  Fighting (maj) against  Garrett Burnett
12:54
CHI
Igor Korolev  Hi-sticking against  Samuel Pahlsson
14:25
ANA
Vinny Prospal  Slashing against  Brett McLean
2nd Period
01:34
ANA
Ruslan Salei  Cross checking against  Scott Nichol
10:24
ANA
Lance Ward  Roughing against  Scott Nichol
3rd Period
02:48
CHI
Jim Vandermeer  Holding against  Petr Schastlivy
14:34
CHI
Scott Nichol  Delay of game
goalie stats
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 30 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .944SH: 0 - 0
Michael Leighton
Michael Leighton
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 26 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .861SH: 0 - 0

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