On Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 the Anaheim Ducks missed a golden opportunity to exact some measure of revenge against the Chicago Blackhawks. After opening the scoring just 1:02 into the game and adding another goal in the second period, they let it all slip away with less than two minutes remaining and ultimately suffered a 3-2 overtime loss in front of a sellout crowd of 17,174 at Honda Center in Anaheim.
In last season’s Stanley Cup playoffs, the Blackhawks eliminated the Ducks in the Western Conference Final. The Ducks had led the best-of-7 series, three games to two, but were badly outplayed in games six and seven. Chicago went on to capture Stanley Cup glory while the Ducks were left searching for answers. Apparently they have some more searching to do. There was no excuse for this latest debacle in which the Anaheim team suffered a complete meltdown in the latter stages of the game.
Anaheim started John Gibson in goal in place of Frederik Andersen who is still battling an illness. This late game collapse cannot be blamed on Gibson. Though he yielded two goals in 74 seconds late in the game, and gave up the game-winning goal just 1:53 into the overtime session, he was still named number two Star of the game. This was a complete failure on the part of the team playing in front of him.
The Chicago Blackhawks were trailing 2-0 with 2:34 remaining in regulation time when head coach Joel Quenneville pulled goaltender Corey Crawford in favor of an extra attacker. Shortly thereafter, Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf took an undisciplined tripping penalty which led to Marian Hossa’s power play goal at 18:19.
With the reigning Stanley Cup champions now in full attack mode, Duncan Keith scored the game-tying goal with 27 seconds remaining in regulation time. The score remained tied 2-2 as the final seconds ticked off the clock.
In the overtime, the Blackhawks remained on the attack from the drop of the puck. Quenneville set the tone by starting the 3-on-3 extra session with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith. The trio did not score, but the inevitable took place a short time later. Defenseman Brent Seabrook registered his third assist of the game when Artem Anisimov scored the game-winner just 1:53 into overtime.
Game notes – By assisting on Duncan Keith’s game-tying goal, Patrick Kane ran his career-best point scoring streak to 18 games. This equals the longest point streak by a U.S.-born player in NHL history. Kane now has a share of the record held by Eddie Olczyk and Phil Kessel. The 27-year old superstar will set a new record if he is able to get a point in his team’s upcoming game against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night, Nov. 28.
Nov. 27, 2015: CHI 3, ANA 2 (OT). Final shots on goal: CHI 32, ANA 25. Power play: CHI 1/4, ANA 0/3. Three Stars of the game: 1) Artem Anisimov – CHI, 2) John Gibson – ANA, 3) Ryan Kesler – ANA. Goaltenders: CHI – Corey Crawford, ANA – John Gibson.
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