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NHL playoffs: 3 stories from Ducks-Blackhawks Game 3

05/22/2015 12:01 EDT | Updated 05/21/2016 05:59 EDT
Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen pulled out almost all the stops to steal a win with the help of Simon Despres' first career playoff goal, while Patrick Kane earned his first goal of the series. 

Here are three stories from Game 3: 

Ducks reclaim lead

The Anaheim Ducks took the series lead, again, squeaking by the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2-1 victory on the road. 

Ducks defenceman Simon Despres broke a tie game in the final minute of the second period for what would stand as the game-winner. It was his first career NHL playoff goal. 

Although Anaheim winger Corey Perry did not get an assist on the goal, it was his quick thinking at the bench that made the game-winning play possible. 

Andersen steals several

Ducks netminder Frederik Andersen made 27 saves to improve Anaheim's playoff record to 6-0 when they open the scoring. 

The 25-year-old put on a goaltending clinic while facing heavy fire from the Blackhawks in the closing minutes of the game. 

Anaheim held Chicago scoreless in their five power play opportunities. The Ducks opened the scoring on their only chance with the extra man to rebound after a 3-2 triple-overtime loss on Tuesday. 

Captain Ryan Getzlaf earned an assist on both goals Thursday night to help his team end Chicago's undefeated playoff home record. 

Kane finds back of the net

The Western Conference final hasn't been kind to Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, who had no points and was minus-three in the first two meetings. 

However, the return to the United Center seemed to aid the 26-year-old in finding his scoring touch.

After squandering the opportunity to tie the match in the first period on a double minor, Kane made no mistake with a no-look backhander in the final minute of the opening frame. 

His relief was palpable, but unfortunately his goal wasn't enough. 

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