The water that runs through the veins of
Twice he came up with superb saves in sudden-death play to prolong Game 2 of the Ducks'
Finally, though, Andersen couldn't stop Chicago forward
"It was just a tough loss," Andersen said after taking some time to replace the fluids he had lost through sweat and exertion. "I think we had some really good chances and it was a tough pill to swallow. We've got to get on with it, on Thursday....
"We've got to have a short memory right now....Nothing you can do about it now."
Not even when Chicago's
"You've just got to keep thinking about the next shot, the next shot," he said of maintaining his concentration. "Nothing really more to it."
Andersen used his head the right way, though Shaw deserved points for creatively using his head.
"We really didn't have the best first period but after that, I just feel, keep doing what I do and make the saves for them to come back," said Andersen, who added that he felt fine after his long night's work. "We did a good job of scoring. We just couldn't get the third one in. Hit the post a couple of times, some bad bounces. That's how it goes."
In the Ducks' first multiple-overtime game since the second game of their second-round series against Detroit on May 3, 2009, Andersen was their rock, a performance matched at the other end of the ice by Crawford, who got help from his goal posts on shots by Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Sami Vatanen.
Still, some help from the pipes didn't make for an easy night for Crawford. When told after the win he just played in the longest game in Blackhawks history he said, "It felt like it."
Andersen seemed to make the more dramatic saves. Late in the first sudden-death period he was part of a classic confrontation: Prolific Blackhawks winger
With Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin coming toward him late, Kane took a shot from the circle. Andersen reached up with his glove and swiftly snared the puck, calm as ever, while crowd roared its approval.
In the first two minutes of the second sudden-death session, Andersen had to make a point-blank stop on Shaw; later, while his teammates visibly flagged, he held them up and helped kill a penalty that had been called against them for too many men on the ice.
And to think there was some doubt whether Andersen would even be the Ducks' starting goaltender before the playoffs began. Coach
They needed every bit of his poise. Early in the game they dredged up a reminder of the bad, old habits that contributed to their early playoff exits the past few seasons and took some needless penalties, letting their emotions get the better of them.
Those shortcomings cost them in the form of two power-play goals by the Blackhawks, the first playoff game this spring in which the Ducks had given up more than one power-play goal. Those shortcomings cost them in the form of two power-play goals by the Blackhawks, the first playoff game this spring in which the Ducks had given up more than one power-play goal.
Seeing that ugly flashback served as a reminder of how badly they used to sabotage themselves — and how far they've distanced themselves from the team that ended its season with first- or second-round playoff exits and regrets, not championships. Andersen has done his part by keeping his head while others were butting theirs.