Despite clawing their way back from a two-goal deficit, the Ducks came up short in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night. Goals from Erik Gudbranson and Nick Ritchie capped off a furious rally for the Ducks, who fell to 9-6-1 on the season. For the Blackhawks, the victory marked their first win away from United Center, as they came into the game with a 0-3-1 mark on the road.
Leading up to puck drop, the night was all about Ryan Getzlaf, who became the first Duck in franchise history to reach 1,000 games. Getzlaf is the sixth NHL player in the last 40 NHL seasons to play his first 1,000 games with one franchise, and the eighth active player to appear in his first 1,000 career games with the same team. Getzlaf was met with a thunderous roar when he was announced in the starting lineup. It also happened to be the 2,000th game in Ducks franchise history since the team began play in the 1993-94 season.
The Ducks captain was honored during a TV timeout in the first period, and received a standing ovation from the fans, his teammates and the entire Blackhawks bench. The 34-year-old center finished the game with an assist and four shots on goal in 20:51 TOI. He also won 10 of 17 draws (59%).
Video: CHI@ANA: Ducks celebrate Getzlaf's 1,000th NHL game
"It was great," Getzlaf said, on the recognition. "Obviously the crowd, this is our home building and I've been here a long time, and it was a very warm welcome. A little emotional during the game and a little bit embarrassing. I'm not very good at those things, but it was great to see the family and having everybody here."
Unfortunately for the Ducks, longtime nemesis Patrick Kane proved to be the difference maker in overtime, chipping a shot past goaltender Ryan Miller just 24 seconds into sudden death to lift the Blackhawks to victory. Adam Boqvist opened the scoring at the 9:21 mark of the first period with his first career NHL goal, and Alex DeBrincat doubled the Hawks' lead with a power-play strike five minutes later.
"I thought our start was better, but then the penalties took away from that," said Ducks head coach Dallas Eakins. "Again, it just seemed like a sleepy game. Obviously, them playing last night was an opportunity for us to really jump on them hard. I'm not sure we quite accomplished what we wanted there, but always good to come back and get back in the game."
The Ducks showed resilience, cutting the deficit in half when Gudbranson's point shot at the 12:39 mark of the middle frame found its way through for his first goal of the season.
Video: CHI@ANA: Gudbranson's shot deflects in off Steel
Then, on the power play, Sam Steel found Ritchie cruising down the left side and the big man buried a shot past Blackhawks netminder Robin Lehner to tie it 6:17 into the third.
Video: CHI@ANA: Steel, Ritchie team up to tie the game
"There were some good things in the game, I guess," said Ritchie. "We came back from two goals and tied it, got into overtime and then lost in overtime. We got a point so it wasn't all bad, but we would've liked to have two."
Miller finished with 34 saves on 37 shots, and suffered his first loss of any kind this season (3-0-1). Lehner turned aside 36 of 38 to improve his record to 3-2-2.
The Ducks will continue their homestand Tuesday when they host the Minnesota Wild at 7 p.m. PT.