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Ducks' Andersen escapes rough outing with win

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

ANAHEIM -- Frederik Andersen couldn't escape the spotlight Monday.

With overtime of Game 5 of the Western Conference Final about to begin, Andersen, the Anaheim Ducks goalie, lumbered down the hallway from the dressing room and stepped onto the ice, where the Honda Center spotlight picked him up and followed him as he slowly skated approximately 115 feet to his net.

The bright light was overkill.

All eyes at Honda Center were already on Andersen, tracking him as he retook his place in the crease. They wondered where he was mentally after allowing two goals in a 72-second span in the final 1:50 of the third period to let the Blackhawks stage one of the most dramatic and improbable comebacks in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. They feared he would allow another soft goal and put the Ducks to within one game of elimination.

Ducks pleased with response after blowing lead

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Andrew Cogliano has been through the Anaheim Ducks' disappointing losses in the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past few seasons, so it wasn't surprising that the veteran left wing accurately described what a 5-4 overtime win at Honda Center on Monday against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final meant in the bigger picture.

"We know what their team's about, and I think we're slowly proving what our team's about as well," Cogliano said. "You're not going to go any farther without responding, and guys making plays at the right time. I think tonight was a perfect example of guys getting the job done."

The Ducks took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series. Game 6 is at United Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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