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Toews, Blackhawks defeat struggling Ducks in OT

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks' 1-0 overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks at United Center on Monday was almost a carbon copy of their previous game.

Two days after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning by the same score in the same arena, the Blackhawks (6-3-0) again won early in overtime on a goal by the same player, captain Jonathan Toews.

After getting the puck on the same right wing that he skated down for his winner against the Lightning, Toews beat Anaheim goalie Frederik Andersen high to the short side with a wrist shot 51 seconds into overtime.

"It's not very often you're going to have two games exactly like that in back-to-back fashion, at home, against two top teams and you come out on top," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "So, we're very pleased with the results and what we gave up."

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Blackhawks are the first team since the NHL reintroduced overtime before the 1983-84 season to win with consecutive overtime shutouts.

That's just another historical footnote to the Ducks (1-5-2), who are off to the worst start in their history. Anaheim, which has scored six goals in its first eight games, has been shut out five times, one more than all of last season.

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford had a lot to do with the fifth, making saves on all 39 shots he faced for his second straight shutout and the 14th of his NHL career, but that's little consolation for the Ducks.

The positives Anaheim will take from this game are outshooting Chicago 39-24 overall and dominating the third period with a 19-6 advantage in shots. The Ducks started overtime strong too, forcing Crawford to make two great saves before the Blackhawks got the puck to the other end of the rink for Toews' goal.

"You saw more of the way our team can play," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We didn't sit back. We were in their face all night long and we were after them. Unfortunately, right now, goals are really difficult to come by. But that's the way we play. On most nights, you're getting three and four in that game."

Andersen made 23 saves but gave up the goal on the only shot he faced in overtime. He nearly allowed one to Blackhawks rookie left wing Artemi Panarin at 14:25 of the third, but it was waved off because the net was dislodged by Andersen's left skate before the shot.

"That's something every goalie does now; they use the post to gain balance," Andersen said. "The rubber thing inside the post kind of gave way. It was fine the whole game, but I guess I was too strong there."

Playing their third game without injured defenseman Duncan Keith, who is out 4-6 weeks after surgery to repair a meniscal tear in his right knee, the Blackhawks had to battle most of the game to clear their defensive zone. It put a lot of pressure on Crawford, especially in the third period, but he was up to the challenge.

"He was excellent tonight," Quenneville said. "The tests the [past] couple of games haven't been as dramatic as it was tonight. It was one game where, especially as the game was going on, they started coming at the end and rebound control was in order and [he] challenged at the right times. [He was] big in those tight plays, and they go to the net hard, so it was a dominating performance by [Crawford] and very instrumental in why we got two points."

The Ducks and Blackhawks each came into the game without scoring a goal during regulation in their previous game. Anaheim hasn't scored a goal in 128:36, and Chicago hasn't scored in regulation in a 139:43 span.

Corey Perry, who had eight shots, nearly gave the Ducks a lead 1:02 into the second, when a Blackhawks turnover in the neutral zone led to a mini-break. He drifted down the slot, took a wrist shot and watched the puck hit the left post after beating Crawford past his blocker.

Three minutes later, the Ducks failed to capitalize on a turnover by Crawford behind the net that left the Blackhawks goalie out of position.

Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano played in his 630th consecutive game since making his NHL debut Oct. 4, 2007, with the Edmonton Oilers, tying Andy Hebenton (1955-1964) for the second-longest games played streak to begin a career.

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