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Jonas Hiller, Ryan Getzlaf help Ducks blank Blackhawks 1-0 @NHL

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Jonas Hiller made 26 saves and Ryan Getzlaf scored late in the second period to help the Anaheim Ducks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0 on Friday.

Getzlaf sent a backhand past Cristobal Huet with 4:41 to play in the second and Hiller made six saves in the third to secure the Ducks' third consecutive win and his second career shutout.

Hiller was starting in place of Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who left the Ducks on Tuesday due to a family matter in his native Montreal.

Hiller is 4-0 in his last six appearances, stopping 131 of 138 shots. The 26-year-old Swiss goalie earned his first career shutout against Los Angeles on Nov. 16.

Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan assisted on the winning goal for the Ducks, who are 9-0-2 against Chicago at home since Feb. 7, 2001.

The Blackhawks also were skating without their normal starting goalie. Huet made his second appearance since Nikolai Khabibulin suffered a lower-body injury that forced him to leave Wednesday's game in San Jose late in the second period.

Khabibulin did not dress for Friday's game and is day to day. Corey Crawford was recalled from AHL Rockford to serve as the second-string goalie.

Khabibulin had been in goal for most of the Blackhawks' recent success. He had not lost regulation in his last 11 games (7-0-4) prior to being injured.

Both Hiller and Huet were sharp, matching save for save until Getzlaf recorded his ninth goal.

Ryan got the decisive sequence started by forcing a turnover along the left boards. Perry quickly gathered the puck and whisked a pass that initially caromed off Getzlaf's skate. But the skilled centre managed to regain the puck and twist a backhander past Huet.

Getzlaf has three goals and six assists in his seven-game point streak.

Giguere is expected to rejoin the Ducks in Carolina on Sunday. David LeNeveau was recalled from AHL Iowa to back up Hiller.

Notes: Ducks defenceman Bret Hedican was honoured in a pre-game ceremony after appearing in his 1,000th NHL game in St. Louis on Nov. 22. ... Selanne skated in his 606th game for Anaheim, matching Paul Kariya for the second-most in club history. Steve Rucchin played 616 games for the Ducks between 1994-2004.

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