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Andersen knows a big game could send Ducks to Final

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Every good goaltender takes every goal scored against him as a personal insult. The best goalies learn to quickly forget the ones that got away, knowing they can't waste energy brooding over events they can't change.

Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen let more than a few get away from him in the last two games of the Western Conference finals -- ...Read more

Ducks show uncanny knack of staying in every game

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Before the Anaheim Ducks returned to Chicago for what could be their Western Conference finals clinching victory, they could find confidence in multiple areas.

The ability to overcome disheartening events. The offensive production of their defensemen. Career-best playoff performances by their centers.

Most telling is their ability to stay in ...Read more

Blackhawks face elimination game with confidence

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Their inspiration now is born of desperation.

The Blackhawks find themselves in a win-at-home-and-on-the-road-or-go-home position in the Western Conference finals.

"We've got to play desperate right off the bat," Brandon Saad said. "Now we're in a situation where it's do or die."

How they landed here, down 3-2 to the Ducks, with Game 6 and ...Read more

Manners part of the game when it comes to faceoffs

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When Jonathan Toews puts his faceoff face on, he turns on the charm.

"Having an understanding of the linesman," the Blackhawks captain said, "making sure you're on the same page with them and just being respectful."

Twice during their 5-4, double-overtime victory in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Saturday, the Blackhawks scored after ...Read more

Hitchcock will return as Blues coach

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The Blues will retain Ken Hitchcock as their coach for the 2015-16 season, as the sides agreed to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

Hitchcock's status has been up in the air since the team's first round exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs, when they lost in six games to the Minnesota Wild.

Hitchcock has met with general manager Doug Armstrong ...Read more

Beleskey's overtime goal gives Ducks Game 5 win over Blackhawks

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- All that had transpired before was washed away Monday when Matt Beleskey raced toward Chicago's net and converted the overtime goal that left the Anaheim Ducks one victory from the Stanley Cup Final.

The big blown leads. The imposing pedigree of the Chicago Blackhawks. All the numbers that favored the visitors, all the ...Read more

Teammates give Andersen support

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- There were his two assists in Game 5 between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night at Honda Center. In some ways, though, what Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf did late in the game was also important.

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews had tied it, 4-4, with a wildly improbable goal from a sharp angle, somehow ...Read more

Family, hockey mean everything to Blackhawks' Brandon Saad

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CHICAGO -- That Brandon Saad's journey to the NHL began with ball hockey games in the cul-de-sac in front of his childhood home in Gibsonia, Pa., is telling.

Family is entwined through the fabric of Saad's progression from natural athlete growing up in the community about 25 miles north of Pittsburgh to Blackhawks left wing with a future as ...Read more

Blackhawks, Ducks getting testy in Western Conference finals

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CHICAGO -- Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford showed some bark and some bite late in the third period of Saturday's 5-4, double-overtime victory.

Crawford was in mid-conversation with an official when he took a two-handed swing with his stick at the chest of Ducks forward Matt Beleskey. He connected, then minded the net on a shot attempt, all ...Read more

Ducks sprint, but Blackhawks win marathon

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CHICAGO -- Antoine Vermette stuck with it, and stuck it to the Anaheim Ducks.

The Chicago center followed his own shot and beat Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen 5 minutes, 37 seconds into the second overtime Saturday at United Center to give the Blackhawks a thrilling 5-4 victory in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

The series is even at ...Read more

Vermette nets game-winner in second overtime to give Blackhawks 5-4 win over Ducks

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CHICAGO -- From the bench to the game winner.

Antoine Vermette, who was angry after being a healthy scratch in Game 3, put in the winning goal in the second overtime to give the Blackhawks a 5-4 victory over the Anaheim Ducks to even the Western Conference Final 2-2.

Vermette's goal came at 5 minutes, 37 seconds in the second overtime, after ...Read more

Ducks' rare three pair give them great hand

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CHICAGO -- Defenseman Francois Beauchemin, the veteran of 673 regular-season NHL games and member of the Anaheim Ducks' Stanley Cup championship team in 2007, reached high to describe his brothers on the blue line.

"I've never been on a team that deep on D," he said of the Ducks' stable, six-man defense corps.

The ability to travel deep into ...Read more

Ducks' Getzlaf OK with sharing

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CHICAGO -- Everywhere he has played and from just about every coach he has played for, Ryan Getzlaf has been told he should shoot the puck more often.

Sometimes the Anaheim Ducks' captain listens and puts aside his natural inclination to pass, usually with excellent results. He averaged 25 goals over his first three full NHL seasons, dropped ...Read more

Defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk unlikely to play in Game 4 for Blackhawks

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A smile was pasted on Trevor van Riemsdyk's face, even though it seems like tape has been holding the rest of his body together during the last six months.

The Blackhawks rookie defenseman was recalled Friday from Rockford after doing what felt like the injury "Hokey Pokey." First it was his left knee keeping him out three to four months, ...Read more

Former Red Wings coach Babcock bids farewell to Detroit

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Mike Babcock choked up several times as he made one last appearance in the locker room of the Detroit Red Wings, a place he called his home for a decade.

He held a farewell news conference there this morning, 24 hours after he had an introductory one as the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was an emotional half-hour.

Babcock began...Read more

Ducks edge Hawks, 2-1, lead series 2-1

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CHICAGO -- Bruce Boudreau has never lived the feelings the Anaheim Ducks bring him with each new victory, but he is intimately familiar with what makes his team tick.

So when his players ventured to United Center on Thursday and emerged with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, the coach responded in little more than casual delight.

"It ...Read more

Jeff Blashill: 'I want to be next head coach of the Detroit Red Wings'

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Jeff Blashill was clear and direct, just like he talks to his players on the Grand Rapids Griffins.

"Yes, I want to be the next head coach of the Detroit Red Wings," Blashill said Thursday, standing in his office after practice. "An ultimate goal of mine was to become an NHL head coach; obviously, within this organization...Read more

Ducks will try to rebound in Game 3

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CHICAGO -- A triple-overtime Game 2 exceeded the already high expectations of the Western Conference finals between the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Now comes the swing game.

The fact that Game 3 of the tied series will be played Thursday in front of more than 20,000 fans in Chicago is clearly an advantage for the Blackhawks.

"We...Read more

After exhausting and exhilarating triumph, Blackhawks eager for Game 3

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Joel Quenneville said he watched the video of the Blackhawks' thrilling, yet exhausting triple-overtime Game 2 triumph over the Ducks on Tuesday night during his team's long flight from the West Coast back to Chicago on Wednesday.

"It took a while," the smiling Blackhawks coach said.

Groggy Blackhawks fans who stayed up past 1 a.m. to watch ...Read more

Babcock leaves Red Wings for megacontract with Maple Leafs

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After 10 years with the Detroit Red Wings, Mike Babcock has decided to move on from what he called "the greatest job" in hockey.

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday that Babcock has been named the 30th head coach in club history. Reports out of Canada described terms as an unprecedented eight-year, $50-million contract. Because the ...Read more