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48-20-14
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31-42-9

22 SOG
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game recap

Ducks 3 Blackhawks 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Ducks 3 Blackhawks 0
Anaheim Ducks 3, Chicago Blackhawks 0

CHICAGO (AP) -Ilya Bryzgalov was just about perfect Saturday night.

The Anaheim goalie stopped 14 shots to earn his first shutout this season, and Dustin Penner snapped a scoreless tie midway through in the second period to help the Ducks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0.

Andy McDonald and Rob Niedermayer also scored as Anaheim handed injury-depleted Chicago its fourth consecutive defeat and second straight shutout.

The Ducks (8-0-3) and Buffalo (10-0-1) are the only NHL teams without a regulation loss this season.

Bryzgalov, making only his third start of the season, posted his second career regular-season shutout. He had three in 11 playoff games last spring.

"We dominated the whole game and tonight I didn't have many shots," Bryzgalov said. "Sometimes it's tough to keep focused.

"It's (the shutout) nothing special. We just wanted to win the game. We just want to keep on a roll and move up in the standings."

One shot got by Bryzgalov, but according to a video review, didn't completely cross the goal line. With the game still scoreless, Chicago's Brent Seabrook banged a rebound past the Ducks goalie at 1:17 of the second period, but Bryzgalov swept it out with his glove.

"It was never a goal," Bryzgalov said. "It never crossed the line."

That was one of Chicago's few quality chances.

"From our vantage point it was in" Chicago coach Trent Yawney said. "The disallowed goal was more hurtful. Coming off a game when you haven't scored a goal and one is disallowed, that's tough sledding."

Despite his strong play in the postseason, Bryzgalov has seen limited work this season behind Jean-Sebastien Giguere. In his previous start, Oct. 15 versus Dallas, Bryzgalov was pulled by Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle after allowing two goals on 14 shots.

"The bottom line is we feel we have two quality goaltenders,' Carlyle said. "We describe them as 1A and 1B.

"We feel that's going to be the strength of our group - to be able to able grab a guy and have him throw a shutout or play an outstanding game. So far this year, Giguere has had the net and had some success."

The Blackhawks played without four of their top players. Forwards Martin Havlat, Michal Handzus and Tuomo Ruutu, and goalie Nikolai Khabibulin are all out with injuries.

"When you take the top four players out of anybody's lineup, it's going to make a difference," Carlyle said. "I thought they competed extremely hard. It wasn't a classic hockey game, but when you play 82 games, not every one is perfect."

Chicago's Brian Boucher started for the second straight game in place of Khabibulin and made 19 saves. The Blackhawks have gone seven straight periods - and a total of 145 minutes and 10 seconds - without scoring.

"I wasn't really extremely disappointed," Yawney said. "I saw some positives, but our consistency throughout the game has to get better."

Anaheim had the best chance in the scoreless first period with just 15 seconds remaining. Todd Marchant was unable to get his stick on a loose puck at the edge of the crease with Boucher down and out of position.

The Blackhawks also wasted a 1-minute, 50-second 5-on-3 power play early in the second period, managing only one shot on goal during the span.

The Ducks failed to score during their own 5-on-3 advantage that lasted 1:42 midway through the second.

However, Penner's even-strength goal, with 8:25 left in the period, gave Anaheim a 1-0 lead. From just in front of the crease, he swatted in a rebound of Scott Niedermayer's shot from the right point.

McDonald's power-play goal at 2:18 of the third made it 2-0 as he one-timed Corey Perry's cross-ice pass in off Boucher's pads.

Rob Niedermayer banged in a rebound of Samuel Pahlsson's shot just over 2 minutes later.

Notes: Ruutu, who sprained his knee in the preseason, could return this week. ... LW Karl Stewart, claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh on Thursday, made his debut with Chicago. ... Three Ducks players - LW-C Travis Green, RW Stanislav Chistov and D Ian Moran - were healthy scratches for the 11th straight game. ... Anaheim LW Todd Fedoruk missed the game with a facial injury, suffered Friday night when he was punched in Minnesota. RW Shawn Thornton was recalled from Portland of the AHL to fill his spot and played Saturday.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
11:35
ANA
Dustin Penner (3) ASST: Scott Niedermayer (7), Todd Marchant (4)
1 - 0 ANA
3rd Period
02:18
ANA
PPG - Andy McDonald (4) ASST: Corey Perry (6), Chris Pronger (7)
2 - 0 ANA
04:28
ANA
Rob Niedermayer (1) ASST: Samuel Pahlsson (5), Sean O'Donnell (3)
3 - 0 ANA
penalty summary
1st Period
04:51
ANA
Shawn Thornton  Fighting against  Reed Low
04:51
CHI
Reed Low  Fighting against  Shawn Thornton
09:39
CHI
Jeff Hamilton  Holding against  Ryan Getzlaf
12:37
CHI
Adrian Aucoin  Holding
19:45
ANA
Dustin Penner  Delay of game against  Lasse Kukkonen
19:45
CHI
Lasse Kukkonen  Delay of game against  Dustin Penner
2nd Period
04:44
ANA
Scott Niedermayer  Tripping against  Karl Stewart
04:54
ANA
Todd Marchant  Roughing against  Brian Boucher
08:57
CHI
Denis Arkhipov  Tripping
09:16
CHI
Lasse Kukkonen  Hooking against  Chris Kunitz
19:04
CHI
Denis Arkhipov  Hooking against  Dustin Penner
3rd Period
01:47
CHI
Patrick Sharp  Hooking
04:36
ANA
Shane O'Brien  Fighting against  Martin Lapointe
04:36
CHI
Martin Lapointe  Fighting against  Shane O'Brien
08:14
CHI
Patrick Sharp  Holding
09:01
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Hooking
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 14TOI: 59:27
Saves: 14EV: 11 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1
Brian Boucher
Brian Boucher
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
Saves: 19EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .864SH: 0 - 0

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