The Ducks ended their six game winning streak with an overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday evening. That means that technically, they are still undefeated in regulation for seven games. Realistically, a loss is a loss, but this one was not a bad one and they still earned a point for their efforts.
The first of a three game road trip, the Ducks were supposed to be the more rested team, with Chicago playing in Nashville the night before. No such luck.
Patrick Kane got a power play goal at 3:37 of the first period, but Corey Perry tied the game up just :57 seconds later. Perry stole the puck from the Blackhawks in their defensive zone and put it behind Corey Crawford.
Things were evenly matched after the first. After the second, it was much more lopsided, in favor of the supposedly tired team. Chicago outshot the Ducks 16-3 in the middle period, and were rewarded for their efforts with another power play goal, this one from Marian Hossa at 11:24.
Note to Ducks – don’t take penalties against the third best power play in the NHL. Not when they have that much offensive capability.
Perry tied up the game at 3:36 of the third period with his second goal of the game. The Ducks were then handed a glorious opportunity to finish things off with a late power play.
Even with some power play time rolled into overtime, the Ducks could not finish their task. Instead, Victor Stalberg deflected a shot from Duncan Keith with just :28 seconds left before a shootout.
Jonas Hiller stopped 40 shots, but he could not stop #41. It was pretty amazing that he was playing at all, after suffering a cut under his eye in practice the day before that required four stitches.
Now the Ducks head off to Dallas to meet up with their division rivals for the third time this season. The Ducks have won the first two against the Stars, which is encouraging, but if they do not find more energy between now and Tuesday, they will have a difficult time getting more points.