How it happened: The Ducks pushed hard throughout Wednesday’s game to get out of their recent slump, but the Blackhawks were able to hold them off in a matchup of the league’s top two teams. The Blackhawks’ penalty kill was the story of the game. The Blackhawks killed off 40 seconds of a 5-on-3 Ducks’ power play in the first period and a four-minute double-minor, which began in the second period and ended early in the third period. The Blackhawks were 5-for-5 on the penalty kill, and the Ducks had 11 shots on goal off their power play. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 29 saves. Marian Hossa put the Blackhawks ahead 1-0 in the second period, and Jonathan Toews extended the lead to 2-0 with a goal with 2:31 left in the third period. Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller made 23 saves. The Ducks once led 15-3 in shots on goal.
What it means: The Blackhawks moved within a point of the Ducks for the league high in points. The Blackhawks improved to 35-10-14 and 84 points. The Ducks fell to 40-14-5 with 85 points. The Blackhawks completed their season series with the Ducks with 2-0-1 record. The Ducks continued their recent slide, as they dropped their third game in the past four. The Blackhawks are now 3-0-2 on their six-game road trip.
Player of the game: Hossa has been taking morning skates and practices off as of late, but it hasn’t affected his game play. He had two points against the Ducks and has 50 points in 53 games this season.
Stat of the game: Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger played 5:31 of short-handed ice time.
What’s next: The Blackhawks will play the Phoenix Coyotes on the road Friday in their final game prior to the Olympic break.