So sad, so unfortunate that the final 14 games of the regular season for the Anaheim Ducks will be Blackhawk-less.

Three games between the Ducks and Chicago produced three chapters of riveting hockey theater, all featuring slightly different plots with the same ending.

The Ducks won Part 3 with defenseman Sheldon Souray's blast from the left point with 2 minutes 8 seconds remaining in regulation, beating the Blackhawks, 2-1, Friday night at the United Center, sweeping their season series, three games to none. It was the first victory in five games for the Ducks.

Chicago, the leader in the Western Conference, was the right opponent at the right time for Anaheim.

"I truly believe that. The four games we lost was a hiccup and a skid," said Ducks winger Bobby Ryan, who assisted on Corey Perry's second-period goal, which made it 1-0, at 1:15.

"The locker room hasn't been feeling great about itself, but there's no problem getting up for a game like this. When that happens, you can get down on yourself and you can start to not believe."

Said Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau: "Now it's like, 'OK, the monkey's off our back,' type thing. I'm not saying it's completely off, but for a day and a half, they're going to feel a lot better about themselves."