All that had transpired before was washed away Monday when
The big blown leads. The imposing pedigree of the
In Game 5 of the
The Ducks lead the series, three games to two, and Game 6 is Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago.
The game-winner was set up when second-line center
Right there was Beleskey, who pounced on the rebound and, he said, swatted the puck "as hard as I could" past the out-of-position Crawford and into the center of the net, then did "my best Bobby Orr dive" in celebration.
By doing so, the Ducks stained the previous Chicago perfection that seemed to indicate the visitors would steal victory. The Blackhawks had been 4-0 in overtime playoff games this year, and Coach Joel Quenneville had been 7-0 in Game 5s.
The events that pushed the Blackhawks to the third overtime game of this series made it seem like spiritual forces were at play.
The Ducks appeared to have iced victory when
But 15 seconds after the desperate Blackhawks pulled Crawford, center
Then, with Crawford out again, Toews sent a longshot attempt from deep in the left corner at the goal line, and the puck glanced off Andersen's left skate and into the net, remarkably making it a 4-4 game with 37.2 seconds left. "He caught me off guard . . . one I've got to have," the goalie said.
At the intermission, "I just tried to settle down . . . you've got to have a short memory," Andersen said. "Once something like this happens, you have to learn from it.
"[Game 6] is a new game. I don't believe in momentum. We want to finish them off there."
Andersen has been stung for nine goals in the last two games — five in the last two third periods.
"We just moved on," Beleskey said. "Freddie's been huge for us all playoffs. We had an unfortunate bounce and we needed to win that game for him. We did.
"That's just the way we are. We have no time to dwell on anything heading into overtime."
The prospect of overtime seemed unfathomable after one period, but the Blackhawks transformed after looking fatigued and almost disinterested, and cut the deficit to 3-2 in the second period.
Chicago's Teuvo Teravainen ignited the rally by rushing up ice to squeeze a should've-been-saved shot under Andersen's legs 1:11 into the second.
Teravainen then passed from behind the net to defenseman
Anaheim seized a 2-0 lead just 5:42 into the game on goals by defenseman
Beleskey began the night on the fourth line, separated from Kesler.
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau "was just switching it up a little to give them different looks," Beleskey said. "We came out hot early. All the combos played well. Then we got back together.
"It was nice to get back."
It took until the 17th minute of the first period for the Blackhawks to get their first shot on goal, a try by Toews that was stopped.
By then, the Ducks had extended their lead to 3-0 when defenseman
Getzlaf finished with two assists, and his 19th point of the postseason broke the team record he set in 2009.
Wednesday night, he and the Ducks pursue something greater — Anaheim's third appearance in a Cup Final.