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Chicago goalie Corey Crawford stopped 23 shots in the Blackhawks' 5-4 overtime loss to the Ducks in Anaheim Monday night.

The Hawks now trail the Ducks 3-2 in the best-of-seven, Western Conference Final. Crawford had a tough first period Monday. The Ducks beat him three times in the first to take a 3-0 lead. Chicago came back with two late goals in regulation by Jonathan Toews, setting up overtime. Crawford was beaten 45 seconds into OT by Matt Beleskey, who picked up a rebound and wristed the game winner past Crawford. Crawford is now 7-4-1 in the playoffs, with a goals-against average of 2.27 and a save percentage of .924.
May 26 - 12:59 AM

Anaheim goalie Frederik Andersen turned aside 24 shots in the Ducks' 5-4 overtime victory over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks Monday night.

The win gave the Ducks a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-seven, Western Conference Final. Andersen improved his post-season record to 11-3-3. His save percentage in the post-season is .925 and his goals-against average is 2.06. Those are impressive numbers but Andersen was anything but impressive on Chicago's final goal Monday night. At 19:22 of the third period, with Chicago playing with an extra attacker after pulling goalie Corey Crawford, Andersen was caught sleeping on a a bad-angle shot by Jonathan Toews. The puck glanced off Andersen and into the Anaheim net, setting up overtime. Luckily for Andersen, Matt Beleskey scored 45 seconds into OT for the Ducks, wiping out what would have been a costly misplay by Andersen.
May 26 - 12:53 AM

Chicago captain Jonathan Toews scored two late, empty-net goals to set up overtime Monday night.

The Blackhawks, however, were edged 5-4 in overtime by the Ducks in Anaheim and now trail the best-of-seven, Western Conference Final 3-2. Chicago had been involved in seven Stanley Cup playoff series that were 2-2 since Toews and Patrick Kane joined the team in 2007. Entering Monday, the Blackhawks were 14-0 after that point in those series, closing out each of the seven in six games. But that won't happen in this series. Toews tried hard Monday, though. He scored twice late, cutting the Ducks' lead to 4-3 with 1:50 left in regulation as he one-timed a pass from Marian Hossa from inside the left circle. He made it 4-4 with 37 seconds left on a low shot in the left corner from the goal line that glanced off Anaheim goaltender Frederik Andersen's left skate and into the net. The Hawks trailed 3-0 after the first period but reduced Anaheim lead to 3-2 on second-period goals by Teuvo Teravainen and Brent Seabrook. Teravainen and Seabrook also had assists. Patrick Sharp had two assists.
May 26 - 12:43 AM

The Anaheim Ducks are one win away from the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

That's because Matt Beleskey scored 45 seconds into overtime Monday night to give the Ducks a 5-4 triumph over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks. The win gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven, Western Conference Final. Beleskey's goal was his seventh of the post-season. Ryan Kesler assisted on the goal. He also scored earlier in the game, giving him six goals and six assists in the playoffs. Kesler's goal, at 5:42 of the first period, gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead. They would go up 3-0 before the end of the period on a goal by Sami Vatanen, his third of the playoffs. Vatanen also had a pretty assist on a goal by Patrick Maroon, which gave the Ducks a 4-2 lead at 14:45 of the third period. Two goals by Chicago's Jonathan Toews, including one from a very tough angle at 19:22 of the third, led to overtime. But it was a short one, as Beleskey pounced on a rebound of a Kesler shot. Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf had two assists in the game and now has 17 in the playoffs.
May 26 - 12:25 AM

James Wisniewski and Chris Wagner will be held out of the lineup as healthy scratches for Game 5 Monday night versus the Blackhawks.

Both players were a possibility to dress Monday but the Ducks will elect to keep the same defense and insert Tomas Fleischmann into the lineup instead of Wagner and Emerson Etem. Wisniewski was traded by the Blue Jackets to the Ducks earlier in the season but has had a hard time fitting in as he played just 13 games with Anaheim during the regular season and has yet to dress in the 2015 playoffs. Wagner is just a 23-year-old rookie and hasn’t dressed since April 18th in the Ducks opening round playoff series versus the Winnipeg Jets. He has played a total of 11 NHL games (including two in the postseason) in his career and has yet to pick up a point.
May 25 - 9:18 PM

Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom are once again healthy scratches for Game 5 Monday night in Anaheim.

Head Coach Joel Quenneville will elect to keep the same lineup from Game 4, which means Versteeg and Nordstrom will both watch from the press box. Versteeg has given way to Andrew Desjardins of late and will now sit in his second consecutive game. He has played in only seven games this postseason, picking up one goal with four penalty minutes and 16 shots on goal. Nordstrom also last dressed in Game 3 but has only played in three games during the course of this year’s playoffs without picking up a point.
May 25 - 9:16 PM

Emerson Etem will be a healthy scratch Monday night for Game 5 against Chicago.

Etem will give way to veteran forward Tomas Fleischmann Monday night as head coach Bruce Boudreau will shake his lineup up. Etem has scored three goals in 11 games this postseason and even scored a goal in the Ducks 5-4 overtime loss in Game 4 Saturday night.
May 25 - 8:55 PM

Tomas Fleischmann will rejoin the Ducks lineup for Monday’s Game 5 contest with the Blackhawks.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau hinted at a possible lineup change earlier in the day and will in fact insert veteran forward Tomas Fleischmann onto the Ducks fourth line. The veteran forward will replace Emerson Etem Monday night and will play the wing alongside Rickard Rakell and Jiri Sekac. Fleischmann has played in just four playoff games this year and has registered one assist, but does have 33 games of postseason experience under his belt.
May 25 - 8:55 PM

Andrei Kostitsyn is hoping to return to the NHL.

That might be a bit of an uphill battle for Kostitsyn. He's coming off of a strong season where he recorded 13 goals and 35 points in 50 games, but he never quite lived up to expectations in the NHL. He also wound up in the KHL after receiving a suspension from Nashville for missing a curfew during the second round of the playoffs. Still, that was three years and while he's never excelled in the NHL, he was a serviceable secondary scorer and his contract expectations are low enough, then teams might see him as a worthy gamble.
May 25 - 6:36 PM

Petr Mrazek doesn't plan to prepare for the 2015-16 campaign any differently, although he's obviously aware of the raised stakes.

Mrazek will enter the season in a competition with Jimmy Howard for the starting gig. He earned the right to fight for that spot by posting a 2.38 GAA and .918 save percentage in 29 regular season games. He was given the nod in the playoffs and nearly got Detroit past Tampa Bay in the first round with his 2.11 GAA and .925 save percentage in seven contests. "Only one goalie can play," Mrazek said. "I'm going to do my best to play as much as I want to and do the best job." Although many might regard Mrazek as the favorite at this point, we expect Howard to get every opportunity to bounce back and it wouldn't be at all surprising if they split the goaltending duties evenly in 2015-16.
May 25 - 6:07 PM

Defenseman Korbinian Holzer and forward Tim Jackman will once again be scratched in Game 5 Monday night versus the Blackhawks.

There is a possibility the Ducks alter their lineup for Game 5 but both Holzer and Jackman still will be watching from the press box. Holzer has yet to dress in the playoffs and played only 34 games during the regular season where he tallied six assists. Jackman, however, has dressed in nine playoff games this season but has yet to register a point and has not played in a game versus the Blackhawks yet.
May 25 - 5:33 PM

David Rundblad and Daniel Carcillo will both be healthy scratches in Game 5 Monday night against the Ducks.

Kyle Cuminsky has settled into the third defensive pairing with Kimmo Timonen for the Blackhawks which means Rundblad will not crack the lineup once again. The 24-year-old defenseman has only suited up for one playoff game this year and played just 10:47 in Game 1 versus the Ducks. Carcillo continues to be a healthy scratch and has yet to dress this postseason.
Source: NHL.com
May 25 - 5:23 PM

To no surprise, Frederik Andersen will be between the pipes for Game 5 Monday night against the visiting Blackhawks.

Andersen has played every minute of the postseason for the Ducks this year and has been stellar to say the least. He carries a 10-3 record with a 1.92 goals-against-average and .929 save percentage into Monday's contest. The Ducks will try to ride their hot goaltender into the Stanley Cup Finals.
May 25 - 5:12 PM

Corey Crawford will start in goal for Game 5 Monday night versus the Anaheim Ducks.

Crawford is coming off a 47 save performance in a 5-4 double overtime victory Saturday night and will now look to lead the Blackhawks to a series for the first time. Crawford has a 7-3 record with a 2.36 goals-against-average and .924 save percentage this postseason and has stopped 155 of 166 shots in the series; good for a .934 save percentage. If the Hawks are going to advance past the Ducks, he will have to perform better.
Source: NHL.com
May 25 - 5:08 PM

There has reportedly been no teams inquiring about the possibility of interviewing Paul MacLean.

In a market with plenty of high profile coaches, MacLean might find himself going into the 2015-16 campaign without a job. His fall from grace has been dramatic as he won the Jack Adams Award in 2013. He had a 114-90-35 record with the Ottawa Senators.
May 25 - 5:01 PM



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