Niklas Hjalmarsson hurled his broken stick against the boards in frustration.

The Blackhawks defenseman was where he should have been, standing between the Ducks' Sheldon Souray and the goal when he got his stick on the late third-period slap shot.

But like almost everything else when it came to the playing the Ducks this season, the play ended with the Hawks skating away shaking their heads as Anaheim recorded a 2-1 victory Friday night at the United Center. After deflecting off Hjalmarsson's stick, Souray's shot slipped past goaltender Ray Emery with 2 minutes, 8 seconds left and the Ducks soon had completed a three-game season sweep of the Hawks.

"I tried to do as much as I could to try to block the shot," Hjalmarsson said. "That's the way the puck bounces sometimes."

After yielding third-period leads in the previous two games against the Ducks, this time the Hawks were the ones who rallied to overcome a deficit when Patrick Kane scored on a power play.

But the Hawks couldn't follow it up with another score and Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller out-dueled Emery to snap their four-game losing skid as they pulled within three points of the Hawks in the Western Conference. Corey Perry also scored for the Ducks (23-7-4).

"Everybody was ready to work a little harder to do a little more than we did the last games," Hiller said. "We started winning one-on-one battles again and that makes a huge difference. If you win the small battles and end up keeping the puck, or winning the puck instead of losing it and giving it away, that's what made us strong. We proved (Friday night) if you play that way you have a chance to win against anybody."