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Anaheim goalie Frederik Andersen could stop only 18 shots in the Ducks' 5-2 loss to the Blackhawks in Chicago Wednesday night.

The Hawks and Ducks are now tied 3-3 in the Western Conference Final. Game 7 will be played Saturday night in Anaheim. Andersen will need to play better than he has in his past three starts, when he has been average at best. Andersen's goals-against average in the post-season is now 2.18 and his save percentage, .919. His win-loss record is 11-4-3.
May 27 - 11:47 PM

Chicago goalie Corey Crawford turned in a first-rate game during the Blackhawks' 5-2 triumph over the visiting Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final Wednesday night.

Crawford turned aside 30 of the 32 shots he faced, and the Hawks now find themselves tied 3-3 in the series. The seventh and deciding game goes Saturday night in Anaheim. Crawford did not enjoy strong outings in his previous two games but he did exactly what he needed to do Wednesday to give the Hawks a chance to prevail in Game 7. Crawford is 8-4-1 in the playoffs with a goals-against average of 2.27 and a save percentage of .924.
May 27 - 11:38 PM

Patrick Maroon scored his seventh goal of the playoffs in the Anaheim Ducks' 5-2 loss to the Blackhawks in Chicago Wednesday night.

The Western Conference Final is now tied at 3-3, with the seventh and deciding game to be played in Anaheim Saturday night. Maroon has contributed 10 points in 15 playoff games for the Ducks. Anaheim's other goal Wednesday was produced by Clayton Stoner, his first of the post-season. The Ducks never led in this one and were down by as much as 3-0 in the second period.
May 27 - 11:32 PM

Star defenseman Duncan Keith assisted on three goals in less than four minutes during the second period Wednesday night to help the Blackhawks defeat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final.

The seventh and deciding game of the series will be played Saturday night in Anaheim. Wednesday, there were no goals in the first period but the Hawks jumped ahead 3-0 in the second when Keith drew his 12th, 13th and 14th assists of the playoffs on goals by Brandon Saad (fifth), Marian Hossa (third) and Patrick Kane (10th). The Ducks cut Chicago's lead to 3-2 at 1:57 of the third period but Andrew Shaw scored his second goal of the post-season at 16:28 of the third to make it 4-2 for the Hawks. Shaw then found the empty net at 19:11 to cement the 5-2 victory for the Hawks. Andrew Desjardins assisted on both of Shaw's goals, his first two assists of the playoffs. Shaw also led the game in hits, with seven.
May 27 - 11:29 PM

David Rundblad will in fact replace Kimmo Timonen in the Hawks lineup for Game 6 against the Ducks.

Updating an earlier report, Blackhawks coach Joel Quennville will in fact insert Rundblad over the veteran Kimmo Timonen Wednesday night as he previously hinted at during the team’s morning skate earlier in the day. Rundblad has only played in one game during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which was Game 1 versus Anaheim. He registered a minus one rating and played just 10:47. He will pair up with Johnny Oduya while Kyle Cuminsky will skate with Brent Seabrook.
May 27 - 8:01 PM

Kimmo Timonen is indeed a healthy scratch for Game 6 Wednesday night versus Anaheim.

As previously mentioned earlier in the day, the Blackhawks will elect to use the fresher, younger legs of David Rundblad on defense instead of the veteran Timonen. Timonen has not been playing much during the series versus Anaheim and has averaged just 9:25 of ice time per game in 15 of the Hawks previous playoff games. He hasn’t even recorded a point since being acquired from the Flyers at the NHL Trade Deadline so this move is definitely justified.
May 27 - 7:59 PM

The Ducks will use the same lineup they used from Game 4 in Game 6 Wednesday night in Chicago.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau will only make one change to his lineup card for Wednesday’s game inserting Emerson Etem for Tomas Fleischmann. That means defensemen Korbinian Holzer and James Wisniewski and forwards Chris Wagner and Tim Jackman will all join Fleischmann as healthy scratches for Game 6 Wednesday.

Chris VandeVelde played four seasons at the University of North Dakota under new Flyers coach Dave Hakstol.

"I was at the rink working out when I found out. I was happy for him and pretty excited," said VandeVelde, who has skated the last two years for Philadelphia. "I definitely think we grew a good relationship. Coming in as a freshman you don't really know what to expect and he taught me a lot, and that relationship kind of grew through the four years there." He appeared in 72 games with the Flyers in 2014-15 and won the team's most improved player award.
May 27 - 6:43 PM

Ottawa assistant GM Pierre Dorion has touched base with the agent of pending unrestricted free agent Erik Condra.

A contract offer is expected to be tabled to Condra at some point, but first Dorian said, "We just have to do some things up here as far as the number of bodies to make sure there's always a fit."
May 27 - 6:34 PM

Blake Pietila has agreed to an entry-level contract with the New Jersey Devils.

He has played the past four seasons for Michigan Tech, where he amassed 46 goals, 106 points and 230 penalty minutes in 153 games. Pietila had 14 goals and 30 points in 40 games in 2014-15. He was a fifth-round pick of the Devils in 2011.
May 27 - 6:17 PM

New Jersey has signed Ryan Kujawinski to an entry-level contract.

He split the 2014-15 campaign between Kingston and North Bay of the OHL. Kujawinski recorded 21 goals and 36 points in 34 games with the Battalion after he was traded. He was selected in the third round (73rd overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
May 27 - 6:11 PM

Anton Stralman continues to lead by example for the Lightning.

"When the pressure is at its highest and somebody walks out of there as calm as can be, that's Anton Stralman," coach Jon Cooper said. "Our team, you just hear the guys on the bench praise him, the things he's done for us. Having that confidence that we get to throw him over the boards every second shift, it's just a luxury for us." He has earned an assist in each of his past two games to give him seven points in 19 playoff games this year. Stralman has a 6-0 record in Game 7s in his career and he is likely to play a key role for Tampa Bay if the team advances to the Stanley Cup Final following Friday night's meeting against the New York Rangers.
May 27 - 5:36 PM

Tomas Fleischmann will be back to serving as a healthy scratch for Game 6 against the Blackhawks Wednesday night.

Fleischmann dressed in Game 5’s overtime win but only played 10:14 and recorded zero shots on goal. He has played in just five games this postseason and has registered one assist. Emerson Etem will take his usual spot on the fourth line wing alongside Jiri Sekac and Rickard Rakell.
May 27 - 5:15 PM

Emerson Etem will draw back into the Ducks lineup for Game 6 Wednesday in Chicago.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau will insert the gritty, speedy winger back on the fourth line with Jiri Sekac and Rickard Rakell, replacing Tomas Fleischmann. Etem sat out Game 5 but has played 11 games overall this postseason where he has netted three goals on 23 shots, including a goal in the Ducks' 5-4 double-overtime loss in Game 4.
May 27 - 5:14 PM

Corey Crawford will get the nod in goal for Game 6 Wednesday night against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Hawks are facing elimination for the first time this postseason and will need Crawford to be at his best if they want a chance for a Game 7. After giving up three goals in the first period of Game 5, Crawford settled down a bit allowing just two goals in the remaining two periods and overtime. He has been shaky over the last two starts, giving up a combined nine goals on 79 shots and now has a pedestrian 2.57 goals-against-average and .917 save percentage in 12 games this postseason.
May 27 - 5:11 PM

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