ANAHEIM, Calif. - Tuomo Ruutu scored the game tying goal in the third period and tallied the only goal in the shootout to lift the Chicago Blackhawks over the Ducks 4-3 on Friday night at Honda Center.
Ruutu was the only goal scorer in the shootout and beat goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov on Chicago's final shot.
The Ducks managed to pick up a point on home ice for the 12th time in 13 tries on home ice this season. Anaheim out shot the Blackhawks 45-24 in the contest and had 11 power plays to Chicago's three.
"They got a lucky bounce on their first goal and there were a couple of other plays," said Scott Niedermayer. "Other than that, they didn't generate a whole lot. But that's the way it goes sometimes. We threw everything at them and they capitalized on their chances."
Anaheim took an early lead 55 seconds into the contest on a goal by defenseman Francois Beauchemin (2, S. Niedermayer, Selanne). With an extra attacker on the ice during a delayed penalty situation, Scott Niedermayer threw a wrist shot at the net that was deflected in front by Beauchemin to give Anaheim a 1-0 lead.
Niedermayer assisted on all three Anaheim goals in the game.
"I thought we came out and had some pretty good energy," said Scott Niedermayer. "The forwards were working hard, skating and drawing a lot of penalties. They made it hard on their defense. It was just one of those nights.
In the second period, the Ducks took advantage of six power plays and out shot the Blackhawks 21-6.
Teemu Selanne (5, S. Niedermayer, Pronger) gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead with the man advantage at 1:38 of the second period. In a very similar play to Anaheim's first goal, Selanne deflected a soft wrist shot by Scott Niedermayer for his fifth goal of the season.
Chicago kept themselves in the contest in the second with a pair of deflections of their own.
Martin Lapointe (6, Holmqvist, Sharp) got his sixth of the season when a Michael Holmqvist shot deflected off his skate in front of Ducks netminder Ilya Bryzgalov to cut the Anaheim lead to 2-1.
Anaheim regained the two-goal advantage at 15:21 of the second period with a power play goal by Chris Kunitz (10, S. Niedermayer, McDonald). Kunitz jammed in a rebound to the left of Nikolai Khabibulin for his team-leading 10th goal of the season.
The Blackhawks cut into the Ducks lead again at 16:57 of the second period as Patrick Sharp (4, Holmqvist, Keith) redirected a Holmqvist shot to make it 3-2.
Ruutu (2, Keith, Smolinski) tied the contest at 10:39 of the third period when his wrist shot found its way through a screen to get by Bryzgalov.
"The only thing we can say is we worked extremely hard to draw penalties and we didn't make the most of the opportunities," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. "But we lost a point, we didn't lose the hockey game. We keep working like that for 60 minutes and we'll be alright."
The Ducks face Phoenix on Sunday at Honda Center at 5:05 p.m.
GAME LOG - CHI 4, ANA 3 (SO)
6. CHI - 15 Ruutu - GOAL
5. ANA - 19 McDonald - NO GOAL
4. CHI - 16 Vrbata - NO GOAL
3. ANA - 15 Getzlaf - NO GOAL
2. CHI - 51 Hamilton - NO GOAL
1. ANA - 8 Selanne - NO GOAL
5:00 - End of overtime - FINAL SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 3-45, CHI 2-24
0:00 - Start of overtime - Ducks and Blackhawks tied 3-3.
20:00 - END OF 3RD PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 7-42, CHI 5-22
17:09 - ANA PEN - Dustin Penner gets caught interfering off the face off to negate Anaheim's power play.
16:07 - CHI PEN - Lasse Kukkonen goes off for holding. Anaheim's 11th power play of the game - they are 2 for 10
15:42 - Travis Moen and James Wisniewski lock up in the first fight of the game. Both pugilists wildly throwing right hands. Both men pick up fighting majors.
12:24 - CHI PEN - Craig MacDonald is called for holding. It is Anaheim's tenth power play - they are 2 for 9 in the game.
10:39 - CHICAGO GOAL - TUOMU RUUTU (2). Ruutu gets a wrist shot through a screen past Bryzgalov to tie the contest 3-3. The assists go to Duncan Keith and Bryan Smolinski.
0:23 - CHI PEN - Duncan Keith goes off for interference giving Anaheim their eighth power play - they are 2 for 8 in the game.
0:00 - The third period is under way at Honda Center.
20:00 - END OF 2ND PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL ANA 21-35, CHI 6-17
16:57 - CHICAGO GOAL - PATRICK SHARP (4). Sharp deflects a Michael Holmqvist shot in front of Bryzgalov to cut the Anaheim lead to 3-2. Assists go to Holmqvist and Duncan Keith.
15:21 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - CHRIS KUNITZ (10). Kunitz jams in a rebound on the power play to give Anaheim a 3-1 lead. Assists go to Andy McDonald and Scott Niedermayer.
14:23 - CHI PEN - Nikolai Khabibulin punches Corey Perry after Perry is taken out into the Chicago goaltender. The penalty is roughing and puts Anaheim on their seventh power play - they are 1 for 6.
12:18 - CHI PEN - Tuomo Ruutu takes goaltender inference penalty. Anaheim is 1 for 5 on the power play.
10:03 - CHI PEN - Michael Holmqvist gets called for slashing to create a 5-on-3 Anaheim power play for 59 seconds.
9:01 - CHI PEN - Adrian Aucoin goes off for high sticking. Anaheim is 1 for 4 on the power play in the game.
8:08 - CHICAGO GOAL - MARTIN LAPOINTE (6). Michael Holmqvist fires a puck at the net from the side boards that appeared to deflects off Martin Lapointe and past Bryzgalov. Assists go to Holmqvist and Patrick Sharp.
4:12 - CHI PEN - Karl Stewart is called for slashing. Anaheim is 1 for 3 on the power play so far in the game.
1:38 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - TEEMU SELANNE (5). Scott Niedermayer throws a soft wrist shot at the net that is redirected by Selanne to give Anaheim a 2-0 lead on the power play. Assists go to Niedermayer and Chris Pronger.
0:46 - Another review. This time the Chicago bats a puck away at the goal line. Final call is no goal.
0:46 - CHI PEN - Tony Salmelainen is called for hooking. Anaheim goes on their third power play - they are 0 for 2.
0:00 - 2nd period is under way.
20:00 - END OF 1ST PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL - ANA 14, CHI 11
16:36 - CHI PEN - Duncan Keith hooks Todd Marchant after the speedy Anaheim forward stole the puck and got in alone. Khabibulin makes the stop. Anaheim goes on their second power play - they are 0-for-1.
14:31 - George Parros and Corey Perry trying to jam home a rebound push Khabibulin back into his net. The goaltender and the Blackhawks take exception. After a brief melee around the cage, Perry and Radim Vrbata are issued roughing minors. The teams will skate 4 on 4.
10:58 - ANA PEN - Sean O'Donnell is called for interference giving Chicago 15 seconds of a 2-man advantage.
9:24 - Bryzgalov gets caught out of position behind the Ducks' net. Bryan Smolinski gains control of the puck and tries to wrap the puck around and in. The Ducks' netminder dives to make the save with the paddle of his stick. Replays appear to show he kept the puck from going in. The referees check upstairs for a review. The call is no goal.
9:13 - ANA PEN - Teemu Selanne is called for tripping. Chicago goes on their first power play, they are operating at 16.1% (T-15th). Anaheim is killing at 86.9% (8th NHL).
6:35 - CHI PEN - Tuomo Ruutu takes a high sticking minor. Anaheim goes on their first power play, they are operating at 20.6% with the man advantage (6th NHL). Chicago is killing at 84.3% this season (12th NHL)
0:55 - ANAHEIM GOAL - FRANCOIS BEAUCHEMIN (2). On a delayed penalty situation, Scott Niedermayer throws a wrist shot at the net with Beauchemin creating a screen in front. Beauchemin redirects the shot past Khabibulin to give Anaheim a very early 1-0 lead. Assists to Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne.
0:00 - 1st period is under way at Honda Center.
Starting Goaltenders: ANA 30 Ilya Bryzgalov, CHI 39 Nikolai Khabibulin
Scratches: ANA D 18 Ian Moran, C 39 Travis Green; CHI RWO 26 Michael Blunden.
The Ducks continue their five-game homestand tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks at 7:05 p.m. at Honda Center.
Anaheim is coming off a 7-4 loss on Wednesday night to the Philadelphia Flyers. It was the first time the Ducks failed to pick up at least a point on home ice this season.
The Ducks still sit atop the NHL's Western Conference standings at 13-2-4 with 30 points.
Chicago is 6-9-2 with 14 points and in third place in the Central Division. The Blackhawks were defeated 3-2 in a shootout last night by the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale.
The Hawks are led offensively by Radim Vrbata (5-11=16), Martin Havlat (7-6=13) and Bryan Smolinski (4-8=12).
After tonight's contest, the Ducks face Phoenix at home on Sunday at 5:05 p.m.