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Blackhawks aim for another comeback, Ducks just want to close out

Chicago must win Game 6 to avoid elimination, but Anaheim has failed to close out a series before.

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks face elimination after a 5-4 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final on Monday night at the Honda Center. The Hawks will have to win Game 6 on Wednesday to force a Game 7 on the road to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

The Hawks have trailed 3-2 in four different series under coach Joel Quenneville. Chicago has a 25 percent success rate in the scenario with their lone win in the second round in 2013, when they rallied from a 3-1 series deficit against their Original Six rival Detroit Red Wings -- winning Game 6 at Joe Louis Arena and Game 7 in overtime off Brent Seabrook's stick at the United Center.

The three times the Hawks have lost came against Pacific Division opponents: Vancouver Canucks (2011), Phoenix Coyotes (2012) and Los Angeles Kings (2014).

The Hawks trailed 3-0 in the first-round series against the Canucks, and won the next three, including Game 6 in overtime at home to force Game 7. The Canucks would win 2-1 in overtime. Chicago cut the series deficit to 3-2 with a 2-1 overtime win in Phoenix in Game 5 on the road. The Coyotes shutout the Hawks, 4-0, at home in Game 6. After a 5-4 double overtime victory in Game 5 at home, the Hawks won Game 6 on the road, 4-3, to force Game 7. The Hawks would drop three separate leads in a crushing 5-4 overtime loss.

The Ducks need one more win to reach the Final for the first time since 2007. But having a 3-2 series lead is nothing new under coach Bruce Boudreau.

Anaheim has its own history to deal with.

Boudreau has led the Ducks to two previous playoff appearances and both times they've been sent packing after failing to close out a 3-2 series lead with Game 7 at home. Even more worrisome for Chicago's opponent, Boudreau's teams are 1-5 in Game 7 at home -- the lone victory in the first round with the Washington Capitals in 2009.

In 2013, the Ducks lost 4-3 in overtime in Game 6 at Detroit and lost 3-2 in Game 7 at home to the Red Wings. Last year, they allowed the opening two goals before falling 2-1 in Game 6 and saw a blitzkrieg of five goals in the first two periods of a 6-2 in Game 7 at home.

The Ducks have shown glimpse of a potential collapse.

Through three games, Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen was strong in the crease, allowing just one goal in Game 1 and Game 3 sandwiched in-between with a 3-2, triple-overtime loss. But Andersen has allowed nine goals over the past two games, including two goals from Jonathan Toews in the final two minutes.

The Ducks are in the driver's seat to win this series, but the task at hand is a big one for Boudreau and his team. Quenneville and the Hawks have won a Game 6 in this scenario three times before -- twice on the road -- and have completed the comeback once. The Ducks have never done so with Boudreau behind the bench.

The odds may not be in the Hawks' favor, but they're not entirely in the Ducks' either.

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