Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google

game recap

Anaheim Ducks 5, Chicago Blackhawks 2 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

Share with your Friends

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
Petr Sykora (19) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 ANA
PPG - Sergei Fedorov (24) ASST: Steve Rucchin (18), Niclas Havelid (18)
2 - 0 ANA
2nd Period
PPG - Deron Quint (3) ASST: Bryan Berard (25), Eric Daze (1)
2 - 1 ANA
Eric Daze (1) ASST: Deron Quint (5)
2 - 2 Tie
Rob Niedermayer (10) ASST: Andy McDonald (18), Samuel Pahlsson (11)
3 - 2 ANA
3rd Period
PPG - Steve Rucchin (16) ASST: Petr Sykora (26), Vinny Prospal (28)
4 - 2 ANA
Steve Rucchin (17) ASST: Vinny Prospal (29), Joffrey Lupul (17)
5 - 2 ANA
penalty summary
1st Period
Garrett Burnett  Fighting (maj) against  Jason Strudwick
Jason Strudwick  Fighting (maj) against  Garrett Burnett
Lance Ward  Slashing against  Scott Nichol
Garrett Burnett  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Vandenbussche
Ryan Vandenbussche  Fighting (maj) against  Garrett Burnett
Igor Korolev  Hi-sticking against  Samuel Pahlsson
Vinny Prospal  Slashing against  Brett McLean
2nd Period
Ruslan Salei  Cross checking against  Scott Nichol
Lance Ward  Roughing against  Scott Nichol
3rd Period
Jim Vandermeer  Holding against  Petr Schastlivy
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 is the official Web site of the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim Ducks and are trademarks of Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.