NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Anaheim
(Friday, March 16th)
Final Score: Anaheim 5, Chicago 2
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Teemu Selanne and Andy McDonald each scored twice to lead Anaheim over Chicago, 5-2 in a high-spirited affair at Honda Center.
Scott Niedermayer recorded three assists for the second consecutive game for the Ducks, who have won six of their last seven. Ryan Getzlaf had a pair of helpers as did McDonald, and Cory Perry also scored.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 31 saves to raise his record to 8-7-4 on the season.
"It was a physical game," said McDonald. "I've always said that I think this team responds well when it's physical. I think it kind of woke us up and I think we played really well tonight."
The victory gives Anaheim 98 points, one behind Detroit in the race for the top seed in the Western Conference. The Ducks also stayed seven points ahead of second-place San Jose in the Pacific Division.
Rene Bourque and Jason Williams scored for the Blackhawks, who have dropped two of three. Jeff Hamilton posted two assists and Nikolai Khabibulin gave up five goals on just 17 shots before being pulled. Patrick Lalime saved all nine shots he faced in relief.
"We talked about staying out of the box," said Chicago coach Denis Savard. "Their power play has been running pretty good. We got in penalty trouble and gave up some power play goals. Its pretty tough to catch up to a team like that."
Selanne got the Ducks on the board first at 3:31 with his 42nd goal of the season, then Perry made it 2-0 at 9:06 with a power-play marker, his second goal in as many games. Selanne then put the Ducks up 3-0 late in the period with another power-play tally.
McDonald scored a pair in a 3:13 apart in the second for a 5-0 advantage, and the game took a chippy turn.
A total of 123 penalty minutes were issued in the contest, including several misconduct.
Bourque finally answered for Chicago with a power-play goal at 19:05 to make it 5-1, and Williams closed out the scoring with his 14th of the season on another Hawks power play, coming just over two minutes before the end of the contest.
Selanne's 43 goals this season are his highest total since he netted 47 for Anaheim in 1998-99...It was McDonald's fifth multi-goal outing of the season, and his second in the Ducks' last three games...Anaheim, which is 6-0-1 on their eight-game homestand, closes out the stretch with a game against Los Angeles on Sunday...Chicago closes out its five-game road trip in Columbus on Tuesday.
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