ANAHEIM - In a season that has been so frustrating for the Ducks, they let one get away from them in heartwrenching fashion tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks.
With the game seemingly headed for overtime, Chicago winger Patrick Kane scored on a rush with just 16.1 seconds remaining to hand the Ducks a dispiriting 4-3 defeat, their fourth in a row.
The Ducks took their first lead of the game 5 1/2 minutes into the third when goalie Corey Crawford had the puck stripped from him behind the Chicago net by Derek Grant. The veteran center made a beautiful between-the-legs no-look pass to rookie Troy Terry, who buried a wrister as Crawford scrambled back to the crease.
Video: CHI@ANA: Grant steals the puck, sets up Terry
"[Grant] is such a good player," Terry said. "I saw him dislodge it behind the net. I tried to get into the slot area. I don't even know if he saw me, but it was just a smart play by him to know the goalie was there and to throw it out there. Luckily it was right on my tape."
It was the second career goal for the 21-year-old Terry, a fifth-round pick by the Ducks in 2015 who was shining for the U.S. Olympic team at this time a year ago.
Unfortunately, it didn't stand up, as the Hawks ultimately tied it with just under five minutes left when Jonathan Toews found Alex DeBrincat backdoor for the tap-in.
With the game deadlocked at 3-3 and little time remaining in regulation, Chicago got on a 2-on-1 rush that finished with Brandon Saad feeding Kane, who sniped a shot past goalie Ryan Miller for his 40th goal of the year. It came mere seconds after Crawford stoned Grant at the other end with what would have been the go-ahead goal for Anaheim.
A scoreless first left no indication of what was to come in the second, when the Ducks and Hawks combined for four goals, two of them shorthanded.
Rickard Rakell was tagged with a five-minute major and a game misconduct when he boarded Chicago's Drake Caggiula just 35 seconds into the middle frame. Caggiula left the game and didn't return with a reported concussion.
DeBrincat cashed in on the power play soon afterward for his first of two on the night, but Anaheim evened things up with a shorthander from Devin Shore with about a minute left in the Chicago power play. Shore's cross-ice pass attempt was blocked right back to him, so he shot the puck past Crawford.
Video: CHI@ANA: Shore pots own deflected pass for a SHG
"Hate to see a guy down and injured, and we lose one of our best players," Shore said. "You rally around it, and I thought we did a good job on the [penalty] kill. It was nice to get a shorty [shorthanded goal].
"We said earlier, we've been generating a lot of chances in these last few games. It's good to see them go in from the depth in our lineup. But this one stings. Tough one."
The veteran Crawford played his first game tonight since Dec. 16 after suffering a concussion and had 29 saves.
Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov put Chicago back in front by turning the tables on a Ducks power play with 3:18 left in the period.
With just a minute and a half left, Carter Rowney tied things back up with his fifth goal of the season, redirecting a Ryan Kesler feed from just outside the crease.
Video: CHI@ANA: Rowney deflects the puck by Crawford
Anaheim's homestand continues Friday night against defending Western Conference champion Vegas.