Blackhawks Drop Third Straight
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(WSCR) – The Blackhawks faced the Ducks Sunday and Anaheim kept the pressure on. The Ducks scored first and limited Chicago to just one goal, giving the Blackhawks their third straight loss.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jonas Hiller made 21 saves to help the Anaheim Ducks beat the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Sunday night.
Andreas Lilja scored his first goal of the season and Corey Perry broke a second-period tie for Anaheim. The Ducks won their third straight game and ran their home winning streak to four.
Bryan Bickell scored for Chicago. The Blackhawks have lost three straight.
Perry made it 2-1 at 1:46 of the second on a snap shot. He leads the Ducks with 21 goals and 44 points.
Both teams were missing their captains because of injuries sustained Tuesday night.
Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf took a puck to the face against Phoenix that resulted in multiple nasal fractures, while Chicago’s Jonathan Toews missed his second game because of a right shoulder injury.
Perry, elevated to an alternate captain with Getzlaf sidelined, stepped up in the absence of his injured linemate to score his 16th point in the last 11 games.
Lilja opened the scoring at 10:32 into the first. Lilja faked before firing a slap shot from the point that goalie Corey Crawford appeared to lose sight of in heavy traffic in front of the net.
Chicago tied it with 1:52 left in the first on Bickell’s 11th goal. Just after a power play expired, Hiller blocked Bickell’s shot with his stick, only to then push it into the goal with the backside of the stick.
Teemu Selanne had a chance to give the Ducks a two-goal edge in the third period when he drew a penalty shot after being taken down by Patrick Kane on the break.
Selanne came up empty on the attempt, clanking the puck off the crossbar. It was his sixth career penalty shot, only one of which he has converted.
NOTES: Chicago appeared to score the tying goal in the third when Jack Skille’s shot forced Hiller to reach back for a glove save right on goal line. The play was originally ruled a no-goal and a video review upheld the call. … Hiller was struck on the helmet by the stick of teammate Andy Sutton early in the second. Play was stopped for a few moments as Hiller was examined by trainers.