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Blackhawks continue road trip against Ducks

by Brian Hedger

BLACKHAWKS (13-8-1) AT DUCKS (14-4-5)


Season series: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook had a costly turnover during a third-period power play that wound up deciding the first meeting. Anaheim Ducks forward Devante Smith-Pelly converted it into a short-handed goal to give Anaheim a 1-0 win, the first career shutout for rookie goaltender John Gibson, who made 38 saves.

Blackhawks team scope: Chicago got back to doing what it does best on its annual "Circus Trip" by beating the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 at Pepsi Center on Wednesday. The Blackhawks improved to 3-1-0 on the trip with back-to-back games at the Ducks and Los Angeles Kings to conclude the trip. Last season, Chicago went 6-1-0 on the "Circus Trip" and the Blackhawks are 25-12-4 on it since 2007-08, when forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were rookies. Center Andrew Shaw returned Wednesday after missing three games with an upper-body injury and scored one of the Blackhawks' two power-play goals in the second period. Chicago's power play has scored at least once in six straight games and continues to climb the League rankings. The Blackhawks have a 20.6 percent success rate on the power play, and rank toward the top of the League in penalty killing (90.6 percent).

Ducks team scope: Anaheim is riding a three-game winning streak and has recorded a point in nine of its past 10 games (4-1-5). The Ducks have earned seven of a possible eight points in their past four games, all against Pacific Division opponents. The most recent, a 3-2 win against the Calgary Flames at Honda Center on Tuesday, extended the Ducks' winning streak at home against the Flames to 19 games, which dates to 2004. Defenseman Francois Beauchemin, who earlier missed time with the mumps, left in the second period with an upper-body injury that occurred when he appeared to block a shot with his hand. Defenseman Clayton Stoner has been cleared to return after recovering from mild symptoms related to the mumps.

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