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Friday’s battle of best in the West goes to the Blackhawks

Jan 17, 2014, 11:09 PM EDT

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It was a clash of Western Conference powers that looked a little lopsided at one point.

The Chicago Blackhawks, second in the conference standings, jumped ahead to a three-goal lead by the middle of the third period against the conference-leading Anaheim Ducks, then had to hold on for a 4-2 victory.

Bryan Bickell‘s goal with less than nine minutes remaining in the third period gave the Blackhawks a three-goal lead. This one was over, right? Wrong. The Ducks, thanks to goals from Ryan Getzlaf and Kyle Palmieri less than a minute apart, got right back into the game, making for an intense finish in what might be a preview of things to come this spring during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

For the Blackhawks, it was Marian Hossa who led the way. The 35-year-old veteran winger scored twice, including a beautiful short-handed goal on a quickly released, wicked wrist shot in the first period.

But holding on for two points certainly wasn’t easy.

“We always have trouble playing against this team, and that’s why this win is big,” Hossa said, as per Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.

It wasn’t all good news for Chicago. Forward Kris Versteeg did not come out on the ice or the bench to begin the third period and is now listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. As per Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago, he will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

  1. slysipops - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    great start by the HAWKS, the second period was pretty good also, it was a very fast paced game by both teams. CHICAGO started the third looking okay ,except for the pathetic powerless play and then another blind behind the back pass gets picked off and cost them a goal . the second DUCK’S goal was a …should’ve never gone in one ( CRAWFORD must have been shook or sleeping) .just goes to show have much a couple of second mistakes out of a sixty minute game can cost you in this league! good that the coach called a time out to get the guys settled down and thinking again, and the boys stepped it back up at the end for a very large ..W.. ! GO HAWKS GO ! P.S. pure good luck for the HAWKS or bad luck for the DUCKS that the game wasn’t tied late ( again !! ) whew !!

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jan 18, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      I think losing Versteeg for the3rd effected the Hawks. Dominated possession and SOG in 1st 2 periods – shifted in the 3rd as his minutes had to be distributed.

  2. ineedmorehossa - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    I need more Hossa

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jan 18, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      I share you feelings

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