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

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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

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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.

Fatigue?

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

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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.

Video: Stoner penalized after dangerous cross check from behind

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Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner was given a minor penalty for cross checking after a hit from behind on Chicago Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger.

The incident occurred early in the first period.

The cross check sent Kruger dangerously head-first into the end boards. Kruger remained in the game. After the play was stopped, Stoner got his hands up in the face of Chicago’s Andrew Shaw, who went to confront the Ducks’ blue liner, but was called for only the one initial infraction.

Video: Blackhawks power play strikes twice early in Game 2

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The Chicago Blackhawks, trailing 1-0 in this Western Conference Final, got off to a quick start in Game 2 against the Anaheim Ducks, courtesy of their power play.

Andrew Shaw opened the scoring just 2:14 into the first period with his second of the post-season, making Patrick Maroon pay for an earlier boarding penalty.

Just over four minutes later, the Blackhawks increased their lead thanks to a Marian Hossa power play goal, also his second of these playoffs.

However, any Blackhawks’ euphoria from the dream start was short-lived. The Ducks, on a goal from Andrew Cogliano, cut Chicago’s lead to 2-1 just before the midway point of the first period.

The puck deflected in off the skate of Cogliano, but the goal stood after a brief review.