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NHL playoffs: 3 stories from Blackhawks-Ducks Game 2

05/20/2015 02:52 EDT | Updated 05/19/2016 05:59 EDT
The Chicago Blackhawks emerged on the winning side of a 3-2 triple-overtime thriller with the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night to even the Western Conference final at one game each.

Here are three stories from Game 2:

Kruger has final say

After the equivalent of nearly two full hockey games were played, Blackhawks centre Marcus Kruger brought the game to an abrupt end with his second goal of the playoffs at the 16:12 mark of triple overtime.

The Blackhawks thought they had put the game to bed in the second extra frame, however Andrew Shaw's goal was disallowed upon review because he head-butted the puck into the net, soccer style.

Perry back on track

Very rarely does Anaheim forward Corey Perry go more than a game without registering a point. In fact, that only happened to him on eight occasions during the regular season and not once so far in the playoffs.

So, true to form, Perry found his way back onto the scoresheet by knotting the contest at 2-2 late in the second period. 

Perry tipped in a point shot for his eighth goal of the post-season, bringing his point total even with the 16 amassed by Tyler Johnson of the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

In addition to providing his team with an offensive spark, Perry also seized the opportunity to play mind games with opposing forward Marian Hossa.

Perry can be seen tugging at Hossa's stick, then taking it away like it was no big deal.

What could've been for Toews

We`ll always be left wondering what might have happened if one of the referees hadn't thwarted a breakaway for Jonathan Toews in the first period.

The Blackhawks centre was all set to pick up the puck near the Anaheim blue-line, but the referee was unable to dodge the puck as it skirted along the boards.

It's possible that Toews would have been whistled for an offside. On the other hand, it's also possible that he was robbed of a chance to pad his team's 2-1 lead.

Adding to the intrigue of the moment was that Ducks centre Ryan Getzlaf ended up with a good look going the other way. 

But fortunately for Chicago, his slapshot rang off the crossbar over the far shoulder of goaltender Corey Crawford. 

 

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