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Jonathan Bernier, Ducks shut out Blackhawks

Makes 43 saves to hand Chicago first loss in eight games

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Jonathan Bernier's 100th NHL win was one to remember.

Bernier made 43 saves for the Anaheim Ducks in a 1-0 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Thursday. It was his second shutout of the season, the 14th of his NHL career.

"You don't really focus on [milestones]," said Bernier, who is filling in as Anaheim's No. 1 goalie with John Gibson out with a lower-body injury. "[These] are the types of games as a goalie, on the road, you need to show up and bring your A game, and I felt really good tonight."

Corey Perry scored the only goal late in the second period, ending a 10-game drought dating to Feb. 9.

 

WATCH: All Ducks vs. Blackhawks highlights

 

The Ducks (35-22-10), who won consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 17-19, lead the Edmonton Oilers by two points for second place in the Pacific Division. They trail the first-place San Jose Sharks by five points.

"Hopefully you peak at the right time of the year," Perry said. "You've got to get ready and keep pushing. I mean, there's teams behind us that are pushing for a [Stanley Cup Playoff] spot. Every point's crucial in this league right now."

Chicago (42-19-5) lost for the first time in eight games.

Bernier made 19 saves in the first, 12 in the second and 12 in the third, including stops against Artemi Panarin with 1:18 left and Jonathan Toews with 59 seconds remaining.

Corey Crawford made 25 saves for the Blackhawks, who are one point behind the Minnesota Wild for first in the Central Division and Western Conference.

"We did a lot of good things, not scoring," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought our shot, either selection or net-front presence, was a little off. We had some good looks with no finish, but definitely did a lot of good things."

Video: Bernier earns Thursday's Pepsi Zero Sugar Shutout

The score was 0-0 after the first period, but Bernier was busy from beginning to end. The Blackhawks outshot the Ducks 19-2 and kept Anaheim from putting a shot on net for the final 16:27 of the period.

The two shots tied a season low in a period by the Ducks, who didn't get another one on net until Perry's wrist shot at 1:59 of the second. 

Perry also took Anaheim's final shot of the second when he scored his 12th goal with 2:16 left to make it 1-0. 

That goal came 10 seconds after Marian Hossa nearly scored at the other end. 

 

Goal of the game 

Perry scored off a play started by defenseman Kevin Bieksa after Bernier turned away Hossa's shot. "The puck hit the post, and [Bieksa] made a good play to get it to [Shaw]," Perry said. "I thought he was on a breakaway, and he kicked it out. I just did my thing trying to get to the middle and shoot."

Video: ANA@CHI: Perry cuts across slot, wires in wrister

 

Save of the game

After making an initial save against Patrick Kane, Bernier lost his stick stopping Panarin's shot with a little more than a minute left in the third period.

Video: ANA@CHI: Bernier preserves shutout with two key saves

 

Unsung performance of the game

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook had two shots on goal, seven shot attempts, five hits and four blocked shots in 21:53.

 

Highlight of the game 

Richard Panik made two great moves to get past Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg and sent a wrist shot to the net with 5:29 left in the first. Bernier made a right-pad save but didn't know if he had stopped the puck.

 

They said it

"We were flatter than something on a plate, if you want to fill in the blank. We regrouped, and it wasn't pretty." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle on being outshot 19-2 in the first period

 

"I saw a little bit of it. It's very nice, obviously. Nice gesture. I was trying to focus on the game as much as I could, but that's something as a player you appreciate a lot." -- Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya on video played to welcome him back in his first game since being reacquired Feb. 28

 

Need to know

Oduya (ankle) and Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) each returned from injury. Oduya played his first game since he was reacquired by Chicago in a trade from the Dallas Stars on Feb. 28. … Ducks forward Nick Ritchie (upper body) stayed in Anaheim. … Gibson faced shots during the morning skate but isn't ready to return. … Shaw played his 100th NHL game.   

 

What's next

Ducks: At the St. Louis Blues on Friday (8 p.m. ET; FS-MW, PRIME, NHL.TV)

Blackhawks: At the Detroit Red Wings on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, FS-D, CSN-CH, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Bernier records 100th win in 1-0 shutout of Hawks

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