The Blackhawks finished regulation with 1:50 remaining on a power play, a 4-on-3 advantage to start overtime. They’d get another overtime power play a few minutes later. But they couldn’t capitalize on either one, and it cost them an extra point. Nick Leddy tallied a power-play goal and Brandon Saad had a did-it-or-didn’t-it cross goal, but the Blackhawks lost the lead late in regulation en route to a 3-2 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night. Corey Perry tallied the shootout winner. Saad, who got the third-shooter nod from coach Joel Quenneville, was stopped by Ducks goaltender Viktor Fasth. On the positive side, the Blackhawks got another point and still remain the league’s only team without a regulation loss. But they were 2:40 away from claiming a regulation victory and had several man-advantage chances in overtime to collect, too. Considering the missed opportunities, it kind of felt like a loss. “It was a tight game, they’re a good team and they battle. We don’t want to let them go with a couple minutes left,” Viktor Stalberg said. “We draw some penalties, get chances on the power play and we need to finish the game there.” Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman got whistled for both penalties late, first for interfering with Brandon Saad and then high sticking Patrick Sharp. But despite the firepower the Blackhawks had on the ice for their power plays, they couldn’t get one through. “We had a couple decent looks; the first one wasn’t great, the second one was better,” coach Joel Quenneville said of the power plays. “We worked hard and we weren’t our best, but certainly they deserved what they got.” Despite not being their best, the Blackhawks nevertheless had a 2-1 lead after two periods. Bryan Bickell had a big, yet clean hit on Ryan Getzlaf in the second, which drew the ire of Ducks right wing Brad Staubitz. But Staubitz was whistled for an instigator, giving the Blackhawks a power play; Leddy scored on it 17 seconds later.
Hawks' homecoming spoiled by Ducks in shootout loss
CSN Chicago | Feb 13