With the Chicago Blackhawks resting most of their top stars, they fell 4-0 to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night at Honda Center.
Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook all sat out and Niklas Hjalmarsson, who was in Chicago with his wife for the birth of their child, didn’t make the trip.
Anaheim goaltender John Gibson made 37 saves for his 12th career shutout.
Rickard Rakell and Ryan Kesler each had a goal and assist for Anaheim, while Corey scored a power-play goal and Chris Wagner also tallied.
Corey Crawford stopped 22 shots in Chicago’s third straight loss.
Here’s how it happened:
Brandon Montour kept the puck onside to set up the Ducks’ first goal. Sami Vatanen sent a cross-ice feed to the lower left-circle to Rickard Rakell, who found Perry in front of the net to make it 1-0.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville called for a review of the goal citing offside, but the goal stood.
Later in the period after Hartman finished a clean check, Perry slashed the Chicago rookie in the right arm which led to a two-minute penalty. Hartman immediately fell to the ice before skating off to the locker room. He would return for the second period.
Corey Perry with a brutal slash on Ryan Hartman. #Blackhawks pic.twitter.com/LgUQSxbliK— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) April 7, 2017
Ryan Hartman on the slash: "It's part of hockey."— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) April 7, 2017
Me: "Should it be?"
Hartman: "It happens." #Blackhawks
Less than three minutes in Wagner doubled the Ducks’ lead. Ondrej Kase did a spin move to beat Michal Rozsival then sent a feed around Trevor van Riemsdyk to Wagner, who buried his shot five-hole on Crawford for a 2-0 advantage.
Hartman and Hayden had a chance to put the Hawks on the board. The duo had a nice give-and-go through the Ducks’ zone, but Hayden was stopped by Gibson to preserve the shutout.
The Ducks continued to score early when Kesler made it a 3-0 game at the 4:42 mark of the third. Kesler scored his 22nd goal after a no-look, behind-the-net pass from Andrew Cogliano.
Ducks forward Nick Ritchie got a match penalty moments later for his one-punch knockdown of Roszival, who had cross-checked Perry behind Chicago’s net. Quenneville said Roszival has an upper-body injury and is day-to-day.
Ritchie connects with a right hand that drops Rozsival, who didn't have his gloves off. Ritchie gets a 5 & a match penalty. #Blackhawks pic.twitter.com/iJfvIq33kX— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) April 7, 2017
Rakell added the 33rd goal of the season in the final minutes, making a backward tip of Getzlaf's shot for the final margin.
SCH’s 3 Stars of the Game
1) Gibson (stopped 37 of 37 shots)
2) Rakell (1 goal, 1 assist)
3) Fans (for having to endure such a garbage game)
The Hawks head north to Los Angeles to take on the Kings in their regular-season finale Saturday at Staples Center.
#Blackhawks lineup in LA, probably:— Second City Hockey (@2ndCityHockey) April 7, 2017