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Blackhawks rally past Ducks; Kane extends streak

by Abbey Mastracco

ANAHEIM -- Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 18 games with an assist on Duncan Keith's game-tying goal, and the Chicago Blackhawks erased a two-goal deficit late in the third period in a 3-2 overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Friday.

Kane matched Eddie Olczyk and Phil Kessel for the longest NHL point streak by an American-born player with the assist in the final minute of regulation.

"Been a fun little ride here," Kane said. "It seems like I'm kind of making it a little difficult on myself here the last two games."

Artem Anisimov scored the winner 1:53 into overtime. Marian Hossa's power-play goal with 1:41 left in the third period drew Chicago within one, and Keith tied the game with 26.6 seconds left.

Brent Seabrook assisted on each goal for his second three-point game this season. Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford made 23 saves and is 11-4-1 in the regular season against the Ducks in his career.

Crawford has enjoyed Kane's streak.

"There's not too many players like him that come around," Crawford said. "He could be the best American player of all time and he's still young. He will (be) if he continues to do so many things and be that sort of game-changer that he's been his whole career."

Kane, the NHL's leader in points (35), is three games from tying the Chicago scoring-streak record, set by Bobby Hull during the 1971-72 season.

"Pretty amazing," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "He's a threat every time he touches the puck. He keeps everybody on their toes defensively, generates offensive-zone time, has the puck more on his stick than any other player in the League."

Chicago (13-8-2) is 5-2 in overtime games.

It was the first time the Ducks and Blackhawks played in Anaheim since Game 7 of the 2015 Western Conference Final, but Quenneville said that Friday was more reminiscent of another game in the series at Honda Center.

"I didn't mind the game after about the first five minutes," Quenneville said. "I thought we worked ourselves back into the game, had a couple good shifts in the third, and then finally broke through late. It kind of brings to mind the Game 5 last year (when the Blackhawks rallied from a two-goal third-deficit before losing in overtime) but with a better ending."

The Ducks (8-11-5) were frustrated by the ending.

"It's a tough loss when you're talking about the way we worked tonight and played almost 58 minutes of flawless hockey," said Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf, who was in the penalty box for tripping Chicago forward Andrew Shaw when Hossa scored. "The end was pretty tough. We got a point, but we've got to find a way to build off some of these things even though we're disappointed right now."

A turnover by Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk set up the Ducks' first goal. Cam Fowler gathered the puck and moved it to Andrew Cogliano, who went in on a breakaway and beat Crawford with a backhand shot at 1:02.

The Ducks went up 2-0 at 7:37 of the second period when Chris Stewart scored his fourth goal. Seabrook hit Ryan Kesler on the boards, taking him off the puck and leaving it in the middle of the open ice for Hampus Lindholm, who fed Stewart at the edge of the right circle.

Anaheim goalie John Gibson made 29 saves in his third straight appearance filling in for Frederik Andersen, who has the flu. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau was satisfied with Gibson's performance until the end of the game.

"For 58 minutes, we were pretty solid whenever we had to be," Boudreau said. "That team has a way of never quitting, and they came in and found a way. It's not that it's them; it's giving up two goals in the last minute and an overtime goal again. It's pretty frustrating."

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