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Martin Havlat lifts Chicago Blackhawks past Ducks 3-2 in OT

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CHICAGO - Martin Havlat scored 1:40 into overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.

Havlat broke down the middle from centre ice, and despite being pulled down from behind by Anaheim's Corey Perry, he managed to loft a shot past Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Chicago's Troy Brouwer and Andrew Ladd scored in the first period to give the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead.

Anaheim's Drew Miller and Bobby Ryan scored early in the second to tie it 2-2. Ryan leads NHL rookies with 22 goals.

Giguere made 34 saves in his sixth straight start as the Ducks completed a season-high six-game road trip at 3-2-1.

Chicago's Cristobal Huet made his ninth start in 10 games and stopped 26 shots. Huet normally alternates with Nikolai Khabibulin, who remains on injured reserve after aggravating a groin injury in a 3-1 win at Atlanta on Feb. 11.

Brouwer opened the scoring at 1:03 in following a faceoff in the Anaheim zone. Giguere stopped Matt Walker's drive from the point, and the rebound popped out to Jonathan Toews, then rolled off his stick and across the goalmouth to Brouwer.

Ladd made it 2-0 at 11:26 of the first to cap a 3-on-1 Chicago rush against Anaheim defenceman Steve Montador following a Ducks turnover at centre-ice.

Ladd tapped in Martin Havlat's cross-crease feed to complete a pinpoint passing play started by Dave Bolland.

Miller cut it to 2-1 at 2:14 of the second period.

Huet tried to play the puck behind the net, but lost it to Corey Perry who centred it to Miller before Huet could recover.

The goal was Miller's first since Nov. 7, 2007. He was recalled from Iowa of the AHL on Feb. 27 and played just 15 games with the Ducks this season.

Ryan scored from the right side of the net at 4:27. Moments earlier, Chicago defenceman James Wisniewski knocked Huet's stick out of his hand as Wisniewski covered Andrew Ebbett in front of the net.

Notes: Havlat has a nine-game points streak, with four goals and 11 assists in the span. Toews has points in eight of his last nine games, including nine goals and five assists. ... Anaheim D Bret Hedican missed his second game with back spasms. ... Chicago recalled C Tim Brent from Rockford of the AHL on Tuesday and sent RW Jack Skille down. Brent played Tuesday night. ... Blackhawks RW Patrick Sharp missed his eighth game with a left knee injury. ... Khabibulin has resumed skating, but not facing shots.

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