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.
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.
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.