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Seabrook goal

Video: ‘Hawks rally in second, put pressure on with last-minute goal


Game 5 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks has been a contest of extremes. The Ducks had a big edge in the first period and their efforts were rewarded with a 3-0 lead.

If they though they could just bank the win after 20 minutes though, they were mistaken as Chicago rebounded in a big way in the second frame. Teuvo Teravainen set the tone of the period by getting Chicago on the board just 1:11 minutes into it. He later set up defenseman Brent Seabrook’s marker just before the second intermission:

Teravainen deserves a lot of credit for his work to create that turnover and for feeding the puck to Seabrook, but the Blackhawks’ defenseman wasn’t given much to work with by Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen and it’s remarkable that he was able to get it past the netminder under those circumstances.

Anaheim still has a one-goal lead, but it can’t afford another 20 minutes like that.

Video: Getzlaf ties Ducks’ playoff points record

Vatanen goal
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The Anaheim Ducks got off to a hot start tonight and that continued late in the first period when Sami Vatanen scored off of the faceoff:

Ryan Getzlaf assisted on that marker, which gives him 18 points in 14 contests. That’s put him in a tie for the Anaheim Ducks’ franchise record for playoff points in a single year with, well, himself. Getzlaf set the record in 2009 with 18 points in 13 contests, per the Ducks’ Twitter feed. He also recorded a team-leading 17 points in 2007 when Anaheim won the Cup.

With the Western Conference Final tied at 2-2, Game 5’s opening period was very one sided. Chicago managed just three shots on goal to Anaheim’s 11, although that was largely because the Blackhawks were missing the net entirely or having its shots blocked by Anaheim. In terms of shots attempted in 5-on-5 play, the frame was actually even as you can see per War on Ice:
















Video: Ducks score twice in 32 seconds early in first period

Kesler goal

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau mixed up Anaheim’s lines in the hopes of sparking the team and it did exactly that.

Defenseman Cam Fowler found the back of the net at 5:10 of the first period and then Ryan Kesler redirected a shot from Jakob Silfverberg to beat Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford again a mere 32 seconds later.

You can see both goals below:

That’s huge for Anaheim, which hasn’t entered the first intermission with the lead since Game 1 of the series. At the same time, the Ducks have to be painfully aware that Chicago can never be ruled out. After all, Anaheim netted three goals in the span of just 37 seconds in the third period of Game 4 to take a late one-goal lead, but Chicago still managed to win that contest in double overtime.

Chicago and Anaheim had two wins each going into tonight’s game.

Ducks insert Fleischmann into lineup, mix up lines

Anaheim Ducks v Winnipeg Jets - Game Four

After losing Game 4 in double overtime, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau admitted that he was considering lineup changes and sure enough Anaheim has a different look tonight.

Veteran forward Tomas Fleischmann has been inserted into the lineup while 22-year-old Emerson Etem is a healthy scratch, but that wasn’t the only alteration. Fleischmann started on the second line with Ryan Kesler and Jakob Silfverberg. That’s in contrast to the pregame line rushes where Fleischmann was skating with Jiri Sekac and Rickard Rakell. The last minute switch might have been a deliberate attempt by Boudreau to throw off Chicago.

This is Fleischmann’s fifth appearance in the 2015 playoffs and his first game since May 10. The last time Boudreau used him, the 31-year-old forward only ended up logging 8:52 minutes, so it will be interesting to see if he concedes his top-six spot as the game goes on.

Etem has three goals in 11 contests, including a marker on Saturday.

In the playoffs, sometimes it comes down to the ‘bounces’

Antoine Vermette, Frederik Andersen

By and large, Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson is happy with how the season went.

He just wishes a few more bounces had gone his team’s way in the playoffs, where, by his count, the Habs hit 13 posts on their way to being eliminated in the second round.

“In order to have success in the playoffs, you kind of have to get those bounces once in a while,” Molson said, per the Montreal Gazette. “I look back to 1993 when we won the Cup. Ten of our 16 wins were in overtime. So the stars were aligned for us that year, and this year wasn’t our year.”

Luck, for lack of a better word (perhaps a better word is “randomness”), is always a controversial subject when it comes to hockey. And with so much parity in today’s NHL, it’s been coming up more and more, if only to try and explain why some good teams win and other good teams don’t.

Nobody’s saying that luck is everything. Obviously it’s not, but just look at the Western Conference Final. With a couple of overtime bounces, the Anaheim Ducks could’ve already eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks.

Instead, the series is tied 2-2.

“When you lose in overtime, you lose in overtime,” said Ryan Kesler, whose Anaheim side has lost twice that way in the series. “That’s the way it goes sometimes. One bounce here or there, it’s a different story. So we are where we are.”

And just in case you were going to accuse Kesler of making excuses, here’s Chicago’s Andrew Desjardins: “One bounce here and there, you never know. … I think it’s playoff hockey. It seems like right now it’s a tight game. I think that’s the way it’s going to be.”

Overtime records of past five Stanley Cup champs

2014 Los Angeles: 5-2
2013 Chicago: 5-2
2012 Los Angeles: 4-0
2011 Boston: 4-1
2010 Chicago: 3-1