After one of the most disappointing games of the road trip, the Ducks managed to turn it around and compete against the Chicago Blackhawks. Jonathan Toews had the game-winning overtime goal 50 seconds into 3-on-3 overtime. The Ducks outshot the Blackhawks 39-24 and controlled play for most of the game. Though they did not put up a goal, the Ducks gained valuable momentum going forward as a team.
Frederik Andersen stopped all 23 shots he faced in regulation including a few huge stops as the first and second periods were drawing to an end. Corey Perry led the Ducks with 8 shots on goal and had the best chance to score all night firing the puck off the inside of the goal post after beating Corey Crawford clean. There was a bit of controversy at the end of the third period when Chicago had a goal waved off due to the net being off it's mooring. Andersen went to push off the net, which was already off the mooring, and the net slid off dramatically.
On defense the Ducks were much more consistent, improving their passing out of the zone and jumping into the play on offense. Clayton Stoner got a 10 minute misconduct penalty after fighting Ryan Garbutt, who bumped into Andersen. Kevin Bieksa was hit in the face with a puck that deflected off Andersen's stick. He went to the locker room and did not return to the game. Cam Fowler had one of his best performances of the season. He controlled the puck well and used his skating to get to open ice like we all know he can.
The penalty kill continued to shut down teams going 2-for-2 tonight. While the Ducks power play didn't score, it was functioning much better than past games. For reference the power play combinations looked like this:
Jiri Sekac - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg
Sami Vatanen - Hampus Lindholm
Patrick Maroon - Rickard Rakell - Corey Perry
Cam Fowler - Ryan Getzlaf
The Ducks will play the Dallas Stars tomorrow night; a game that the team should win if it plays like it did tonight.