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Video: Maroon stays hot in playoffs, gives Ducks hope

The Chicago Blackhawks broke out in the second period by scoring three goals within the span of four minutes, but Patrick Maroon was able to give the Ducks reason to hope going into the final frame.

With the man advantage late in the period, Maroon got into position and deflected Cam Fowler’s shot past goaltender Corey Crawford to narrow Chicago’s lead to two:

Maroon has been a pleasant surprise for Anaheim in the playoffs. After scoring nine goals in 71 regular season games, this was his seventh in 15 playoff contests. He’s found the back of the net in three of the Ducks’ last four games.

Anaheim still has an steep uphill climb ahead of it though. Including the regular season, Chicago is 30-0-0 when leading through 40 minutes.

Video: Saad comes up short in first frame, opens floodgates in second

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With their season on the line, the Chicago Blackhawks had some great opportunities to strike first in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final, but they couldn’t quite capitalize in the opening frame.

Perhaps Chicago’s best chance of the first period occurred near the halfway mark when a turnover by Ryan Getzlaf led to a great opportunity in front by Brandon Saad. Goaltender Frederik Andersen was able to stretch out to make the save.

Chicago also nearly opened up this game late in the frame when Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen wasn’t able to control the puck in the neutral zone, which led to Patrick Sharp flinging a shot at Andersen. The Ducks goalie made the initial save, but surrendered a juicy rebound for Teuvo Teravainen. Unfortunately for Chicago, he ended up missing the net.

You can watch those plays below:

Saad got another chance to bury the puck in the second period though and this time he would not be denied:

That opened up the floodgates as Marian Hossa and then Patrick Kane both found the back of the net within four minutes of Saad’s marker.

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’

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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’

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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)