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Strome has three points, Blackhawks defeat Ducks for third straight win

Chicago scores four times in second, sweeps season series from Anaheim

by Brandon Cain / Independent Correspondent

Strome finishes carom off boards

ANA@CHI: Strome puts home carom off the end boards

Dylan Strome sets up at the side of the net, jumps on the puck after it caroms off the end boards and fires it home in the 2nd period

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks scored three goals in a 2:53 span in the second period for their third straight win, 6-2 to sweep the season series against the Anaheim Ducks at United Center on Tuesday.

Dylan Strome scored his second goal of the period for his 101st NHL point on a rebound in front for a 3-1 lead at 15:29. Alex Nylander made it 4-1 with a backhand shot on a breakaway at 18:07, then sent a pass across the slot 15 seconds later to Patrick Kane, who scored his 29th goal of the season to extend the lead to 5-1.

"It was a long time," Strome said of ending his 14-game goal drought with his first since Jan. 5. ". … It's nice to get off the schneid tonight and it felt pretty good."


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Carter Rowney redirected Jacob Larsson's shot from the left point to cut the deficit to 5-2 at 8:26. David Kampf tapped in Matthew Highmore's pass at 15:03 for the 6-2 final.

"Not to take this laying down," Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said of his message to the team in the second intermission. "You can't. You've got to make a choice when the score is out of whack you go, 'well OK I've got eight or nine shifts left and I can just get through them or we can go out and play and play hard and play with some respect.'

"For the most part I thought we did that in the third."

Rookie defensemen Lucas Carlsson got his first NHL point with an assist, and Adam Boqvist had two assists for his first NHL multipoint game for the Blackhawks (30-28-8), who defeated Anaheim 3-2 in overtime Nov. 3 and 4-2 on Jan. 11.

Video: ANA@CHI: Strome taps in Kane's feed for second goal

Chicago trails the Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets by six points in the Western Conference wild-card race.

"Important win for us," Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. "First game after that road trip and typically that's a tougher one, but I was pretty happy with our start, first 10 minutes, I thought we were aggressive and did a lot of good things. The second 10, didn't love as much. I thought we turned the puck over and gave them some free chances.

"But then I thought we won the game in the second period; when we came out, our first couple of rotations were excellent, then we score the goal. I thought that's where we won the game, so that's something we've been talking about is trying to string multiple shifts together to build momentum and we did that and big win."

Corey Crawford made 37 saves in his sixth straight start. Malcolm Subban did not make a save in 1:10 in the third when he entered the game for Crawford after Ryan Getzlaf's left knee hit Crawford in the head and he was pulled by a concussion spotter. It was Subban's first game with the Blackhawks since being traded from the Vegas Golden Knights on Feb. 24.

Danton Heinen scored for Anaheim (26-32-8), which is 2-5-1 in its past eight games. John Gibson allowed five goals on 24 shots in the first two periods, and Ryan Miller made 15 saves on 16 shots in the third.

"[Miller was] good," Eakins said. "That's always a tough spot, right? Sitting on the bench or back in the dressing room and then to be called in like that it's tough. He's such an unbelievable pro and such great experience, and I thought he stepped up for us."

Drake Caggiula skated to the front of the net and tapped in Boqvist's shot past Gibson's right skate to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead at 2:07.

Video: ANA@CHI: Caggiula opens the scoring with tip in

Strome increased Chicago's lead to 2-0 at 3:46 of the second period when he lifted a rebound over Gibson.

Christian Djoos sent a pass across the slot to Heinen, who scored into an open net to cut the deficit to 2-1 at 4:20. It was Heinen's second goal for the Ducks since he was traded from the Boston Bruins on Feb. 24.


They said it

"When you give good players like that looks, they're going to make you pay. They ended up putting up a couple more [in the third], but a few good shifts where you are pressing, and we definitely could've had a few more in the third. You never want to roll over. We've got pride in here and we'll try to bounce back and go back to the drawing board." -- Ducks forward Danton Heinen

"We're looking really good. Tonight was kind of a dangerous team, you know those teams that you're not really sure what you're going to get out of them. It was a close game for a while, we found a way to open it up, which was good to see." -- Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford


Need to know

Ducks defenseman Josh Manson played 6:18 before he left with an upper-body injury. Eakins did not have an update on Manson's status for Wednesday at the Colorado Avalanche. … Eakins did not name a starting goalie for Wednesday. … The Blackhawks have killed 11 straight penalties in their past three games.


What's next

Ducks: At the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN)

Blackhawks: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, NBCSCH, SNW, NHL.TV)

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