Andrew Cogliano (Michigan) helped pull the host Anaheim Ducks into a tie following an early two-goal deficit, but it was the Chicago Blackhawks who survived the three-overtime contest with a 3-2 win on Tuesday night at the Honda Center. The Western Conference final is now tied at a game apiece.
Marcus Kruger’s goal at 16:12 of the third extra session ended it, after Brad Shaw’s headbutt goal in the second overtime was disallowed. Shaw did score the first goal of the game, on a power-play deflection in the first period off assists from Duncan Keith (Michigan State) and Jonathan Toews (North Dakota). After Chicago made it 2-0 on a Marian Hossa power-play tally, Cogliano brought the Ducks within one almost midway through the period before Corey Perry tied the game late in the second stanza.
Anaheim’s Kyle Palmieri (Notre Dame) led all players with eight shots on goal as the Ducks outshot Chicago, 62-56, on the night but went 0-for-5 with the man advantage. Anaheim also struck three posts in overtime.
It was the longest game in the Blackhawks’ storied history, and the second longest contest in Ducks’ annals. It was also Anaheim’s first home loss of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs after six victories, and just its second setback overall this NHL postseason.
Game 3 will be held Thursday night at the United Center in Chicago at 8 p.m. ET.