Author: Cam Tucker

Video: Ducks had their chances, but couldn’t capitalize in OT


Three times in the overtime session, the Anaheim Ducks hit the post or crossbar. They were that close from winning Game 2 and taking a 2-0 series lead against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final.

Unlucky in that sense, the Ducks were also met with a terrific bounce-back goaltending performance from Corey Crawford, who had to make 28 saves combined over three extra periods in Chicago’s Game 2 win that ties this series.

“These are the tough ones, but you shake it off and keep going. I had a few I should have buried,” said Corey Perry, as per the Ducks’ Twitter account.

“That’s hockey. Sometimes those go in and sometimes they don’t. Maybe I’ll change my stick and those will go in,” added Sami Vatanen, who hit the post on two occasions in OT.

But will a loss like this have a psychological impact on the Ducks going forward in this series? NBC’s Keith Jones and Mike Milbury discuss if that could be the case.

Blackhawks even series against Ducks with triple OT win in longest game in franchise history


The marathon finally came to an end.

The Chicago Blackhawks, in what was the longest game in their franchise’s long history, prevailed over the Anaheim Ducks by a final score of 3-2 in triple overtime, which evens this Western Conference Final up at 1-1.

Marcus Kruger was in the right spot at the right time. He managed to tap the puck over the goal line to score the winner at the 16:12 mark of the third overtime period. Before the Kruger goal, you had to go all the way back to 6:19 of the first period for Chicago’s second goal of the evening.

“No, it’s a great feeling. We almost played two games out there. To put it in and get a big win here, leaving California with 1-1, we’re pretty satisfied with,” Kruger told reporters.

“Going back to Chicago, it’s going to be a great feeling stepping out there on the United Center.”

The series now shifts back to Chicago for Games 3 and 4.

The Ducks will lament three goal posts hit during the overtime session. They also couldn’t get that one final goal by Corey Crawford, who was sensational, making 60 saves for the win. At the other end, Frederik Andersen was just as good, making 53 saves in the second longest game in Ducks’ franchise history.

This game seemed to have a little bit of everything.

Chicago felt it had the OT winner in the second extra period, when Andrew Shaw head-butted the puck into the net. After a brief review, the goal was waved off.

Crawford, who looked completely exhausted at times during stoppages in play in the third overtime, tried to throw a hit on Rickard Rakell and fell over, with a scrum ensuing.

And Chicago was victorious essentially leaning on four defensemen for the majority of six periods. Duncan Keith, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Brent Seabrook and Johnny Oduya each played more than 45 minutes, while Kimmo Timonen and Kyle Cumiskey were both under 20 minutes of ice time.


Video: Shaw’s head-butt goal disallowed


Talk about using your head.

Andrew Shaw and the Chicago Blackhawks thought they had the winning goal in double overtime of Game 2, however it was disallowed upon further review. Shaw, in front of the Anaheim net, directed the puck into the net with his head.

Would’ve been a great goal off a corner kick in soccer, though.

From the NHL:

At 8:47 of double overtime in the Chicago Blackhawks/Anaheim Ducks game, video review supported the referee’s call on the ice that Andrew Shaw deliberately headbutted the puck into the Anaheim net. According to Rule 78.5 (i) “Apparent goals shall be disallowed when the puck has been directed, batted or thrown into the net by an attacking player other than with a stick.” No goal Chicago.

‘When Hedman is going, our team’s going,’ says Lightning coach Cooper

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The last time the Tampa Bay Lightning was in an Eastern Conference Final, towering Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman was only a sophomore in the league.

A prized young player at the time, the six-foot-six-inch Hedman has, especially over the last two seasons and now at the age of 24, developed into the top blue liner on the Lightning.

“I’ve been able to learn from that year, and I feel like I want to take responsibility. I want to be a leader. I want to be a difference maker on the ice,” Hedman told reporters Tuesday.

Not only does he lead the Lightning in ice time during these playoffs, he leads all Tampa Bay defensemen in points with eight in 15 games.

He added to his point total in a dominant Game 2 victory over the Rangers on Monday, with a beautiful cross-ice set-up to Alex Killorn for an easy goal into an open net. Hedman, from the left point, faked the shot, then slid a perfect pass to his teammate. The floodgates opened from there.

“Well, Victor, I don’t think you get to this part of the season without having a top, elite-tier defenseman. And he is that for us, I think,” said head coach Jon Cooper.

“You look at the two of them, when he and (Anton Stralman) are paired together, I think it’s as good as you’re going to get in this league. He plays the whole 200 feet. He’s blessed with the size, the skill, the speed. He can make plays like he did last night to Killorn.

“Just can’t say enough. If I look at our year, obviously (Ben Bishop) is the guy that anchors us back there. But when Hedman is going, our team’s going. Sometimes when he’s not, our team isn’t, and that says a lot about a player that he has that much effect on our team.”


Video: Crawford tries to bump Rakell, falls over, scrum ensues


It’s getting feisty between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2.

Even Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford decided to get in on the action, as he tried to throw a hit on Rickard Rakell outside of his crease after a whistle. The hit maybe didn’t go as planned. Crawford fell and a scrum ensued. No penalties were handed out.

Seconds before that, Ducks forward Jiri Sekac busted out the toe-drag move for a scoring chance and then threw a massive open-ice hit on Antoine Vermette.