Ducks end Blackhawks' 8-game streak with 3-0 win
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Blackhawks were served a strong reminder of what it's like to be the hunted here Friday afternoon.
While the Hawks were a bit flat coming off their emotional win at San Jose, it was the Anaheim Ducks rising to the challenge of facing what they believed to be one of the NHL's elite teams.
The Ducks got 3 power-play goals in a 3-0 victory that snapped the Hawks' winning streak at eight games, 1 shy of matching the club record.
"We were talking that this was going to be a good test for us," said Ducks winger Teemu Selanne, who scored 2 goals. "They beat San Jose like the Sharks had no business in that game. We had been playing good now too, so we said let's see how good we can be."
The Hawks went into the season knowing they weren't going to sneak up on teams after racking up 104 points a year ago and going to the Western Conference finals. And for the most part they have handled every challenge thrown at them with a record of 16-6-2.
"I think we are used to it," Hawks defenseman Brian Campbell said. "We know other teams are going to be ready for us. It's a case where we just didn't have it tonight and it's really disappointing. We didn't get to the areas we needed to get to and we didn't skate well enough right from the get-go, everybody.
"You just can't show up and expect to win. If you don't show up and play the way you need to play, you're not going to score goals in this league no matter who you're playing."
The Hawks were outshot 34-28 and went 0-for-4 on the power play. They had two failed power-play chances in the game's first 16 minutes before Selanne struck for the first time at 19:18 with Duncan Keith serving a slashing penalty.
"The first one was all right, but the second one was not very good," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "If you score on the road right away, you're in good shape. The second one we lose a little momentum off it and they get their two power plays. At that time it's a chance to take control of the game.
"They got the power play started and we didn't."
The Hawks' second power in the first period play looked ragged at best.
"We didn't give ourselves any chances on the power play pretty much," Jonathan Toews said. "We didn't get good entries and we didn't control puck and we weren't moving it well enough. You're not going to score when you're not doing those things."
Selanne's second goal at 7:50 of the second period came with Brent Sopel off for hooking. Nick Boynton's power-play goal at 10:26 of the second period was scored with Dustin Byfuglien in the box for goaltender interference.
It was the first time this season the Hawks allowed 3 power-play goals in a game. They hadn't allowed 2 in 15 games since Oct. 21 against Vancouver.
"That's where we got outmatched a little bit, on special teams," Toews said. "We know we didn't play our best game."
Said Quenneville: "It was nowhere near where we were in the last stretch of games."
Tim Sassone's game tracker
Ducks 3, Blackhawks 0
1. Teemu Selanne, Ducks: The future Hall of Famer scored 2 of Anaheim's 3 power-play goals.
2. Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Ducks: Made 28 saves for his 32nd career shutout.
3. Corey Perry, Ducks: Extended his points scoring streak to 17 games with an assist.
The Ducks were 3-for-5 on the power play; the Hawks were 0-for-4. Story of the game.
The Ducks are 16-2-3 against the Hawks at the Honda Center/Arrowhead Pond since 1998-99.
Blackhawks game day
Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center, 9:30 p.m.
TV: Channel 9
Radio: WGN 720-AM
What to watch: The Kings are scuffling after their strong start. They have lost three of their last four games, all without Ryan Smyth, who has an upper-body injury. Anze Kopitar, the NHL's leading scorer for weeks, doesn't have a point in the last eight games. Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi and forward Jarret Stoll are questionable with lower-body injuries.
The Hawks are 4-1 on their road trip following Friday's 3-0 loss at Anaheim. Coach Joel Quenneville said he would decide today if Cristobal Huet or Antti Niemi starts in goal.
Season series: Hawks lead 1-0 with a 4-1 win at home on Nov. 9.
Next: Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center, 7 p.m. Tuesday