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Blackhawks drop 5th straight with 4-2 loss to Ducks

Chicago gives up the first goal for the eighth consecutive game.

Chicago Blackhawks v Anaheim Ducks Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The Blackhawks’ losing streak grew to five games with a 4-2 loss to the Ducks on Wednesday at Honda Center in Anaheim.

For the seventh consecutive game, Chicago allowed the first goal. In total, the Blackhawks have given up 18 goals — including three in the first two minutes of the game — in the first frame during that eight-game span.

Brandon Montour and Daniel Sprong each score 20 seconds apart in the first period for Anaheim, who won its fifth straight game. Ondrej Kase tallied the game-winning goal for the Ducks and Jakob Silfverberg added an empty-netter. John Gibson made 25 saves in the win.

Montour opened the scoring less than six minutes in with a long wrist shot near the left point with Corey Crawford screened.

Sprong, who made his debut for the Ducks after being acquired from Pittsburgh on Monday, made it 2-0 with a sharp-angled shot near the goal line. Crawford stayed on his line instead of coming out of his crease, which created space for Sprong to fire the puck past Crawford, who made 23 saves.

Erik Gustafsson and Alex DeBrincat both scored in the second period for Chicago.

Patrick Kane skated below the goal line then sent the puck to Duncan Keith, who slipped a pass to Gustafsson at the right faceoff circle to cut the deficit to one at 7:16 of the second.

DeBrincat batted down a pass from Toews then corralled the puck before sending it past Gibson for his 12th goal of the season to tie it 2-2.

Kase flipped the puck by Crawford from the right faceoff circle for the game-winner four minutes in. Silfverberg added the empty-netter at 18:29 for the final score.

Chicago had several chances throughout the third period to score, but had three shots ring off the post.

The Blackhawks play the second half of a back-to-back Thursday when they visit the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

3 Stars

  1. Ondrej Kase (ANA) — Game-winning goal
  2. Daniel Sprong (ANA) — Goal, four shots
  3. John Gibson (ANA) — 25 saves