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Frustration In Chicago

from Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

The Ducks stifled the Hawks in the third and yet another power play went for naught when the Hawks failed to get bodies to the net and pucks to the goal.

"It's frustrating," Sharp said. "We have to be better. We have to get pucks to the net."

Captain Jonathan Toews did not use the word, but he didn't have to. His remarks were short and his temper not far behind.

"We're not making any excuses," Toews said. "We'll find ways to be better in the next one. It's a great team we're playing and we know we have to be better on special teams."

Most frustrating for Hawks fans was seeing Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom back in the lineup in place of Teuvo Teravainen and Antoine Vermette.

It meant Andrew Shaw was back at third-line center after some terrific games as a fourth-line winger. It meant the ineffective Versteeg dragged down another line, this time with Sharp on it, and it meant no Teravainen, which is inexplicable.

Perhaps most baffling is burying Sharp on the third line, when he could be helping Patrick Kane shake loose. To this point, Kane has a single point in the series after a Ducks collision offered him a loose puck in the slot and led to a goal late in the first period Thursday.

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The Anaheim Ducks Beat The Chicago Blackhawks 2-1

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Instead of letting the past determine their future, the Anaheim Ducks revealed an inner fortitude that now has them halfway to a berth in the Stanley Cup finals.

Less than 48 hours after a crushing triple-overtime defeat in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, the Ducks turned up in one of the loudest, most difficult buildings to play in and came away with a 2-1 victory that gives them a 2-1 series lead.

It was not particularly pretty at times.

The Ducks seemed to fall into a potentially destructive shell in the third period as they tried to nurse a one-goal lead across the finish line, relying on netminder Frederik Andersen to come up huge -- again -- as Chicago outshot Anaheim 10-5 in the third period.

And the pace was well off the dazzling to and fro that dominated the epic clash in Game 2.

But when it mattered most on Thursday night, the Ducks proved they were made of sterner stuff than could be deflated by a triple-overtime loss. And the battle-tested Blackhawks revealed that perhaps winning a game in triple overtime can be as taxing as losing one.

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Open Post- Game 3 Western Conference Finals, Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Puck drops just after 8:00pm ET on NBCSN, CBC and TVA.

The series is 1-1 and the series shifts to Chicago for the next two games.

Discuss as you wish.

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Mike Milbury On Corey Perry

via Eric Stephens tweets,

Milbury was apparently asked how he would stop Corey Perry. "If I were playing against Corey Perry, I’d probably want to hurt him in (1/2)

(more) some painful and permanent way. And I think most of the rest of the league feels the same way." (2/2)

via Helene Elliott tweets,

Perry on Milbury comment last night: "it's not something that's been taken lightly. If somebody said something about his kid that way (more)

How would he feel?" Milbury had said if he played vs Perry he would " want to hurt him in a painful and permanent way."

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The Blackhawks Win The Battle

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

So after all of that -- the head-butted goal that wasn’t, the 118 shots on goal, the 244 shot attempts, the cross bars and posts and glorious chances that literally numbered in the dozens through the course of 116 minutes, 12 seconds of delirious playoff hockey -- the question is: What comes after epic?

Because that’s what Game 2 of the Western Conference finals was right from the get-go when the Chicago Blackhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on two power-play goals on through to the moment that Marcus Kruger somehow managed to knock down a Brent Seabrook point shot and then sweep it past Anaheim Ducks netminder Frederik Andersen at 16:12 of the third overtime.

A titanic tilt.

At its most basic, the Kruger goal -- one that came on just his second shot on goal -- gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 victory and tied this conference finals series at one game apiece.

There are still miles to go in this series before a winner is crowned. But it is impossible to dismiss this game as simply one in a series of possibly seven, with a berth the Stanley Cup finals on the line.

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The Chicago Blackhawks Even Their WCF Series At One With A Triple OT Goal

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

An epic playoff series needs a memorable contest to start earning that definition, and Game 2 of the Western Conference finals took care of that. The unheralded Marcus Kruger applied the dramatic ending.

A fourth-line grinder and penalty-killer by trade, Kruger put in a loose puck at 16:12 of the third overtime to cap the longest game in the 21-year-old history of Honda Center and lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the Ducks and even the best-of-7 series.

An overflow crowd of 17,234 mostly decked in the Ducks' orange, black and white colors was left stunned when Kruger sent Chicago home with a series split, batting the puck past Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen after Andersen didn't make a clean stick save on a point shot by defenseman Brent Seabrook.

Kruger had just seven goals during the regular season and his other score in these playoffs came in Game 1 of the Blackhawks' second-round sweep of Minnesota. The checking center put himself in position for the winner, pulling his team even heading into Game 3 on Thursday in Chicago.

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Open Post- Game 2 Western Conference Finals, Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks

The game starts around 9:15pm ET and is on NBCSN, CBC and TVA.,

The Ducks want to head to Chicago up 2-0 while the Blackhawks want to grab home ice advantage.

Feel free to discuss the game.

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Chicago Plans To Go To The Net

from Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The Blackhawks’ problem in Game 1 of the Western Conference final was a familiar one — the goalie was better than they were. And the solution is as old as hockey itself.

“I think we have to work for [goals],” captain Jonathan Toews said prior to Game 2 against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night. “We’re going to have to play harder around the net and I think as everyone says, it’s always about traffic. It’s about making things difficult for a goaltender to see.”

As Toews noted, the Hawks have faced hot goaltenders many times in the playoffs and figured a way to get the job done. In the 2013 Western Conference final, the Kings’ Jonathan Quick came in off a big series against the Sharks — a 1.43 goals-against average and .951 save percentage. By the second period of Game 2 against the Hawks, Quick was on the bench after allowing four goals on 17 shots. The Hawks won the series in five games.

They did the same to the Bruins’ Tuukka Rask in the final (16 goals in six games) that year. And they just beat two of the three Vezina Trophy finalists (the Predators’ Pekka Rinne and the Wild’s Devan Dubnyk) to reach this year’s conference final.

So after the Ducks’ Frederik Andersen stymied the Hawks in a 4-1 Anaheim victory in Game 1 on Sunday, the Hawks went to their default solution: net-front presence.

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Afternoon Line On The Blackawks Defense

It’s clear that Quenneville will try to stretch his top four of Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Johnny Oduya and Niklas Hjalmarsson as far as he can, but they need some help if they’re going to survive this series. The Ducks drove Chicago’s defensemen into the boards at every opportunity in Game 1, with Hjalmarsson alone being targeted nine times. The toll was clear every time they skated back to the bench.

-Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated where you can read more on this plus other hockey topics...

Corey Hirsch of Sportsnet feels the same way...

 

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All Corey Perry

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Burnside: When did the idea come to you that you and Ryan were going to spend a lot of time together? Was there a moment where you were, 'Oh, this is the plan for us here.' That you two were sort of connected?

Perry: You never know what’s going to happen. But I think at that time they had a vision, they had a plan and a long-term plan on what was going to happen and where we were going to fit in this organization. We were excited when we came in. And we’ve pretty much been, everything you can think of, we’ve done together. It’s been a fun experience.

Burnside: That’s kind of an unusual thing. It is kind of a unique thing that’s gone on here. Can you imagine your life without Ryan Getzlaf, or if it had gone a different way?

Perry: I was almost in Edmonton. I remember that I was traded to Edmonton but then the whole Mike Comrie thing, Kevin Lowe thing went through and then I was back to the Anaheim Ducks. You always think about what could have happened if I did get traded, where my career would be right now, where I would and what would be going on. It’s fun to talk about but I’m glad I’m here.

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