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Blackhawks get thrashed by Ducks
A night after picking up a point on the bottom-feeding Los Angeles Kings, the Blackhawks had to crane their necks to look up at the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.
They probably should have ducked.
In a fight- and penalty-filled contestthe most costly ones going against the Hawksthe Ducks rolled to a 5-2 victory. They were the second top-tier team to beat the young Hawks soundly this week. Two of their three power-play goals came on 5-on-3 advantages.
The Hawkswho had won four of five games coming into Fridaywent into the game expressing considerable respect for the mighty Ducks. And, it turned out, for good reason.
Both teams were bruised after the gamebut it was the Hawks who carried the more lasting scars.
"They're at the top of the league for a reason," said center Jason Williams, who scored one of the Hawks' goals. "They have a lot of talented players. If we get in penalty troublegetting 5 on 3swe're basically shooting ourselves in the foot. We have to be a little more disciplined. When you get tired [killing penalties], sometimes your mind starts to go and you start to clutch and grab."
Most of the night, the rough play went far beyond clutching and grabbing. The Hawks drew 55 penalty minutes, 30 for David Koci, and the Ducks 68, 27 for Chris Kunitz.
"At this level, it's pretty tough when you're down two men [on a power play] and not expect the other team to score," Hawks coach Denis Savard said. "[But] we had some guys who stood up for our team and it showed a lot of character."
It didn't take long for the Ducks to demonstrate their power, and power play, as they jumped to a 3-0 lead after one period, aided by a several Hawks penalties. Just 3:31 into the game, Teemu Selanne, who scored two goals on the night, rammed his 42nd goal of the year past goalie Nikolai Khabibulin for a 1-0 lead.
The goal came on a 4-on-4 situation, with the Hawks' Danny Richmond and the Ducks' Shawn Thornton in the penalty box for roughing.
Things got even rougher a couple of minutes later when pugilists Koci and George Parros of the Ducks each received five minutes for fighting.
With Duncan Keith in the box for hooking, Ducks winger Corey Perry made it 2-0 at 9:06 on his 17th goal of the year.
At 16:45, with Jassen Cullimore and Brent Seabrook in the box for hooking, Selanne scored again, making it 3-0.
The Ducks continued the onslaught in the second period when McDonald stole a pass in the Hawks' zone and scored, unassisted, shortly after emerging from the penalty box to make it 4-0.
McDonald made it 5-0 with his second goal of the game a short time later when he scored on yet another 5-on-3 power play, with Cullimore and Keith in the box.
Patrick Lalime replace Khabibulin in the nets after that goal.
The Blackhawks, who actually outshot the Ducks 33-26, broke through on Ducks goalie Ilya Bryzgalov at 19:05 of the second period when Rene Bourque scored.
Then at 17:59 of the third, Williams scored for the Hawks to make it 5-2.
"It was a tough nightthis was the third game in four nights for us," Savard said. "It's tough to play catch-up against a team like that."
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle echoed his counterpart's sentiments.
"It was just one of those games where aggressiveness was displayed throughout the lineup," he said. "You have to stand up for your teammates."