Tired Ducks edge even more exhausted Hawks 2-1.

 

Frederik Andersen made 27 saves, helping Anaheim kill off five power plays, and the Ducks beat the Blackhawks 2-1 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.Defenseman Simon Despres scored his first career playoff goal in the second period as top-seeded Anaheim bounced back quite nicely from a triple-overtime loss at home in Game 2. Patrick Maroon had a power-play goal and Ryan Getzlaf added two assists.Ryan Kesler’s two holding penalties contributed to more than nine power-play minutes for the Blackhawks, but the Ducks’ penalty killers kept most of the Hawk’s opportunities to the outside and Andersen stood his ground during a couple of goalmouth scrums.Patrick Kane scored his eighth playoff goal for Chicago, and Corey Crawford made 25 saves.Game 4 is Saturday night in the United Center.

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