The Chicago Blackhawks were outshot 17-5 in the first overtime in Game 4, but had two golden chances to win it and even the Western Conference Final with the Anaheim Ducks at two games apiece.
The first came on a scramble in the Anaheim crease, as Andrew Shaw hit the cross bar on a rebound opportunity to the right of Frederik Andersen. Credit Hampus Lindholm for immediately clearing the puck out of harm’s way, with Jonathan Toews looking at an open net.
And then there was Patrick Sharp, on a breakaway late in the extra period. Sent in all alone, he was unable to beat Andersen on the glove side.
What a third period between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4.
The Ducks scored three goals in 37 seconds to take the lead from the Blackhawks, who had previously jumped out to a two-goal lead of their own on goals from Jonathan Toews, his first of this series, and Brent Seabrook.
But suddenly, the Ducks came back in stunning fashion. First, it was Ryan Kesler to get Anaheim back within a goal. Matt Beleskey tied it up and Corey Perry gave the Ducks the lead.
Now, the Blackhawks came back with a power play goal from Patrick Kane to tie the game at 4-4. That’s six goals in 10 minutes, one second.
Corey Perry certainly isn’t doing anything to endear himself to the Chicago Blackhawks, including goalie Corey Crawford.
What else would you expect?
In the first period of Game 4, Perry grabbed Chicago defenseman Kimmo Timonen and sent him into Crawford after he covered the puck, stopping play.
Perry has been pestering Crawford throughout the series, as the Ducks have tried to make life miserable for the Chicago puck stopper. Following Game 3, Crawford came out and said he was getting bumped. “It wasn’t enough to get called, but it was enough on that one (to be) a little distraction,” he said.
Brandon Saad opened the scoring for the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4, burying his shot top corner on a short-handed breakaway late in the first period.
Saad was able to get away through the neutral zone, after Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin got tangled up with referee Chris Rooney at the Chicago blue line. Still, Saad was also able to get by Ryan Kesler, known for his excellent skating ability, on his way to the net.
James Wisniewski has yet to see any ice time in these Stanley Cup playoffs, despite the Anaheim Ducks bringing him over from Columbus at the trade deadline in an attempt to bolster their blue line with a veteran defenseman.
Wisniewski was made a healthy scratch in the series opener against the Winnipeg Jets, and nothing has changed since then. He hasn’t played since April 11. But he knows he could get called into action at any time in these playoffs.
“It’s hard to argue when we’re 10-2 in the playoffs,” Wisniewski told the L.A. Times. “There was confusion at first, then anger, but you need to be professional, because I never know when I’m going to get tapped. Injury could happen. They could ask me to fill a duty.
“The only way to do that is to stay at 100%, be ready to go when called on.
“Dwelling on the situation, being negative, doesn’t help. There’s too much to live for rather than moaning about something. With age, you realize the important things in life.”