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Etem likely to draw back in tonight versus Chicago

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After a one-game break, Emerson Etem looks as though he’ll return to the Anaheim lineup tonight for Game 6 of the Western Conference Final in Chicago.

Etem, who sat Game 5 so Tomas Fleischmann could draw in, has experienced an up-and-down postseason. He scored one of the nicest goals of the playoffs against Winnipeg in Round 1, but has also flipped-flopped with Fleischman throughout, appearing in 11 of 14 games all told.

(Fleischmann had a relatively quiet Game 5, going pointless in 10:14 TOI without registering a shot on goal.)

Etem, 22, certainly gives the Ducks a different speed element in the lineup. One of the fastest skaters on the team, he can give opposing defensemen fits by trying to take them one-on-one, which might come into play tonight against a Blackhawks team that’s really only playing four blueliners, and will insert David Rundblad this evening at the expense of Kimmo Timonen.

Boudreau isn’t worried about Andersen after Ducks ‘bailed him out’


In the waning moments of regulation during Game 5, it looked like Frederik Andersen might be fitted with goat horns. His Anaheim Ducks teammates ended his tension pretty quickly, however, as Matt Beleskey scored the game-winner just 45 seconds into overtime.

That’s the funny thing about the playoffs. Sometimes a big gaffe can linger in the greater consciousness, yet sometimes a player gets absolved – more or less – by victory.

Andersen’s had many moments when he came through for his teammates, yet in a 5-4 OT win against the Chicago Blackhawks, it was clear that the shoe was on the other foot last night.

The young goalie noted that captain Ryan Getzlaf was quick to lift his spirits.

“[Getzlaf] came down right away and tried to pick me up; he’s a great leader,” Andersen said, according to NHL.com. “Told me whatever matters now is the next shot; that’s all I can worry about it. That was my mindset.”

Interestingly enough, the 25-year-old didn’t even need to make a save in overtime, as the Ducks fired all four shots on goal in that very quick bit of extra hockey.

With that, some wonder if the young goalie might get in his own head, but Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau doesn’t seem worried.

“Well, you know what, he’s played so many good games in a row, and he’s bailed us out so often,” Boudreau said. “You know, he had an unfortunate couple of goals against him today. Freddie will be the first one to tell you he should have had them. But it was time that we bailed him out. He’ll be back to his normal, regular, great self in two days.”

“It was good to see if he had a bad game, we were able to help him out a little bit.”

He really has been great, too.

While you could chalk some of his regular season success up to his team (35-12-5 record despite a fairly standard .914 save percentage), he’s really elevated his play in the postseason with an impressive .925 save percentage. It’s easy to see why his teammates rallied around him on a tough night, then.

The NHL on NBC crew discusses Andersen’s rocky night and wonders if there will be any lingering effects:

PHT Morning Skate: Emilio Estevez supports Ducks as ‘Gordon Bombay’


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Emilio Estevez tweeted support for the Anaheim Ducks as “Coach Gordon Bombay,” including a Flying-V reference. No knuckle-pucks, but perhaps he’s saving that for a Game 6 or 7 if needed? His brother would probably respond with something about winning … (Estevez’s feed)

Calgary’s mayor fulfilled a friendly wager for a good cause. The wager included wearing a Ducks jersey and signing a song. (Sportsnet)

Would the Maple Leafs be wise to bring Cody Franson back? (The Hockey News)

On advanced stats, hockey coverage and … frog DNA. (VanCityBuzz)

Matt Beleskey could make himself a nice raise if he keeps this overtime goal-scoring thing up. Jakob Silfverberg might leave the Ducks’ wallets lighter too, by the way. (Puck Daddy)

An early look at teams that could be in trouble salary cap-wise, and which ones might take advantage. (NHL Numbers)

Hey, remember Jussi Markkanen? A look back at his career. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Ducks win crazy Game 5, push ‘Hawks to edge of elimination

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The Western Conference Final has been a series of give and take, absorb then respond. Chicago has to hope that trend continues as Anaheim moved within one victory of the Stanley Cup Final with its 5-4 overtime win in Game 5 tonight.

Chicago and Anaheim had gone past the 60-minute mark twice in this series before tonight’s game and the Blackhawks had claimed both of those contests. That combined with the fact that Monday’s contest went to overtime because Jonathan Toews scored twice in the final two minutes of the third seemed to suggest that Chicago was the more likely team to come out on top.

Matt Beleskey had other ideas though as he found the back of the net with help from Ryan Kesler and Jakob Silfverberg. The fact that Beleskey was the difference was an interesting wrinkle as he initially lost his second line role to Tomas Fleischmann at the start of the contest.

Shaking up the lines seemed to have a positive result at first as Anaheim dominated the first period. The Ducks came out flying tonight with an 11-3 edge in shots on goal in the first period. By the time that frame was over, Anaheim had a 3-0 lead.

The Ducks needed every last one of those markers because Chicago wasn’t ready to concede this game. Rookie Teuvo Teravainen had a big second period to narrow Anaheim’s edge to a single goal, which set the stage for Toews’ third period heroics.

Although he didn’t have the most dramatic game, this was also a historic night for Ryan Getzlaf as his two assists gives him a franchise record breaking 19 points in 14 playoff games.

Of course the most important thing for him and the Ducks is that they now have a 3-2 series lead. This isn’t how they wanted the game to go, but they can’t argue with the result.

Shocked Ducks: Toews forces OT with two goals in final two minutes

Toews goal

The Anaheim Ducks led for 54:12 consecutive minutes tonight, but they just couldn’t keep Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews down forever.

With Chicago trailing by two goals and less than two minutes left in regulation time, Toews gave Chicago a glimmer of hope by rocking a one-timer set up by Marian Hossa:

The Blackhawks pulled goaltender Corey Crawford and with 37 seconds remaining, Toews once again found himself with the puck and flung it towards netminder Frederik Andersen from a bad angle. He needed luck to be on his side to cash in on that attempt and this time it was:

Those were Toews sixth and seventh goals of the 2015 playoffs. With the Western Conference Final tied at 2-2, this could be looked back on as the turning point for Chicago. Anaheim will do everything it can to make sure that’s not the case, but its lost two overtime games to the Blackhawks already.