Ducks extend win streak to 5 with 4-2 win over Blackhawks
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Ondrej Kase scored four minutes into the third period to lift the Anaheim Ducks over the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight win.
Anaheim matched Toronto for the longest active winning streak in the league. Brandon Montour and Daniel Sprong, who was making his Ducks debut, scored 20 seconds apart in the first period, and Jakob Silfverberg added an empty-net goal. John Gibson made 25 saves.
Erik Gustafsson and Alex DeBrincat scored in the second period, and Corey Crawford stopped 28 shots for the Blackhawks, who have dropped five straight and seven of eight.
The Ducks came into the game next-to-last in the NHL in first-period goals but scored a pair in the first 20 minutes for only the third time this season. Montour took a pass from Pontus Aberg near the blue line and fired a 54-foot wrist shot past a screened Crawford for his third of the season less than six minutes in. Sprong, who was acquired in a trade from Pittsburgh on Monday, then beat Crawford top shelf with a shot at a sharp angle.
Gustafsson put the Blackhawks on the board seven minutes into the second when he took Duncan Keith's pass in the right faceoff circle and beat Gibson with a slap shot for his fifth. DeBrincat then tied it with 28 seconds remaining in the period when he took a feed from Jonathan Toews and put it into the net for his 11th.
Kase took back the lead for Anaheim in the third when he took Carter Rowley's pass off the boards and fired a shot from the right circle.
NOTES: Anaheim C Adam Henrique extended his points streak to six straight games with an assist on Sprong's goal. He has a goal and five assists in that span. ... Aberg has three goals and two assists in the last three games. ... DeBrincat has eight points (four goals, four assists) in five appearances against the Ducks.
Blackhawks: Travel to Vegas for their second meeting this season against the Golden Knights on Thursday night.
Ducks: Continue their four-game homestand against Carolina on Friday.
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