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RECAP: Ducks 4, Blackhawks 2

Rapid reaction, links to postgame interviews and more from the Blackhawks 4-2 loss to the Ducks in Anaheim

by Chris Wescott /

RAPID REACTION: The Blackhawks erased a two-goal deficit to enter the third period even with the Ducks, but it was in that final frame that Ondrej Kase took back the lead and Jakob Silfverberg potted the empty-netter to give Anaheim the 4-2 win. Chicago has now dropped five straight.

The Ducks made it 1-0 when a wrister from Brandon Montour found twine at 5:41 of the first. They followed it up just 20 seconds later with Daniel Sprong scoring his first goal of the season and first as a Duck.

Video: Erik Gustafsson on loss to ANA

Erik Gustafsson cut that lead down to 2-1 at 7:16 of the second, burying a feed from Duncan Keith. With five goals and 12 total points this season, Gustafsson is the Blackhawks leading defensive scorer. Gustafsson hit the post late in the same period.

The equalizer came with just 27.7 seconds remaining int he middle frame. Alex DeBrincat knocked down a helper from Jonathan Toews and then he buried it for his 11th of the season, making it a 2-2 game heading into the third.

Kase ripped the momentum right back for the Ducks with the goal to make it 3-2 at 4:03 of the third.

Silfverberg's empty-net goal came at 18:29 of the final frame.

ANOTHER ROUGH START: For the eighth straight game the Blackhawks allowed the first goal. Two Ducks scores within a span of 20 seconds early in the first period forced Chicago to play from behind right away. Luckily for the Blackhawks, they were able to battle back and even things up very late in the second, wiping away their slow start and giving them a chance in the third.

IN GOOD COMPANY: WIth his assist on Gustafsson's goal, Patrick Kane tied Gary Suter for fifth-most career assists by a U.S. born player within their first 12 seasons (534).

Tweet from @StatsCentre: With his helper for the @NHLBlackhawks vs ANA tonight, Patrick Kane ties Gary Suter for the 5th most career assists by a US-born player within their first 12 NHL seasons (534. Most: 590- Phil Housley)

TOO MANY POSTS: The Blackhawks didn't play poorly for a huge chunk of this game and had their opportunities. Unfortunately, the Blackhawks hit four posts in the loss.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Blackhawks close out this back-to-back on Thursday against the Golden Knights in Las Vegas. The game will begin at 9 p.m. CT and can be seen on NBCSCH or heard on WGN 720.

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