Chicago entered the game off a four-day break and fall to 1-5 this season when playing with three or more days off. It’s the first loss for Chicago since a 3-1 setback against Edmonton on Feb. 18 at home, which came after the team’s bye week.
The Hawks remain one point behind Minnesota for first place in the Western Conference. The Wild loss 4-1 to Tampa Bay on Thursday.
Here’s how it happened:
The Hawks got off to fast start with a flurry of shots and quality scoring chances by Tanner Kero and Ryan Hartman. But Bernier came through time and time again keeping the game scoreless. Chicago continued to skate circles around the Ducks and find scoring chances, including a five-shot power play. When the horn sounded for the period Chicago held a 19-2 shot advantage.
The second period got off to a comical start when Nick Schmaltz lost his skate blade and stumbled then crawled his way to the bench before Artemi Panarin pushed him to the bench with his stick.
After killing off an interference penalty by Johnny Oduya, who was making his first start since being reacquired from Dallas, the Hawks made themselves at home in the Ducks’ zone for more than 2 minutes. But again, there was Bernier coming up with stop after stop.
Kero finally thought the Hawks had broken through and he had scored, even raising his hands in celebration, but “the goal” was waved off and played continued. Seconds later, Corey Perry slipped a shot past Corey Crawford in the slot for a 1-0 lead at 17:44. It was Perry’s 12th goal this season and first since Feb. 9.
The pace of the game dropped off significantly in the third. Anaheim’s Andrew Coligno had a few chances in front, but Crawford kept him at bay.
Panarin and Jonathan Toews generated a few chances in the waining minutes with Crawford pulled, but Bernier held on for the shutout.
SCH 3 stars
1. Bernier (stopped 43 of 43 shots)
2. Perry (1 goal)
3. Crawford (stopped 25 of 26 shots)
The Hawks head to Detroit for the second half of a back-to-back Friday as they play their final game at Joe Louis Arena.