CHICAGO -- Justice was served up to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night and they happily grabbed a double dose of it.
A chance at beating the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in overtime was waved off by a referee's arms, but Kyle Palmieri still got the Ducks two points with the decisive shootout goal in a 3-2 victory at United Center.
The Ducks (19-7-5) have found a way to win five straight games over Chicago covering three seasons. And they managed to do it in the shootout after losing games to other Western Conference powers San Jose and the Kings in the same manner.
Palmieri put a backhand shot past Chicago rookie Antti Raanta after Nick Bonino scored while losing the puck to answer a successful try by Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller made stops on Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane.
"I was 0 for 3 in career shootouts and two of the times, the game's been on my stick," Palmieri said. "Obviously it feels nice to get that first one.
"We kind of let Hillsy down there the other day (against the Kings) and couldn't bury one in the shootout for him when he had such an unbelievable game."
The Ducks appeared to win during overtime when Mark Fistric shot the puck in off Raanta from a bad angle behind the net. But referee Kevin Pollock disallowed the goal, ruling that Raanta was interfered with.
Television replays showed Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook shoving a stationary Saku Koivu into the Finnish goalie.
Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf continued to deliver for the Ducks as they both scored in regulation for the second straight game. Ben Smith and Kris Versteeg erased deficits for Chicago (20-6-5) in the first and second periods.
Hiller made 23 saves through regulation and overtime while Raanta stopped 24 shots in his fourth NHL game.
ETEM EXPECTED DEMOTION
Before a reporter could even ask the question, Emerson Etem took full ownership of his defensive breakdown that opened the door to a disastrous third period for the Ducks in a loss to Dallas last week.
Etem, 21, knew what he did wrong and Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau appreciated the candor from the winger before the team headed home to Southern California. But the corrective action wouldn't come from a coach's words.
A plane ticket with a Virginia-bound destination served to send a message that Etem, while full of promise and upside, still needed to focus on the finer details as he makes his way in the NHL.
"Obviously I'm a young guy," Etem said Friday as the Ducks beat Chicago, 3-2, in a shootout. "I'm still on the entry-level contract. At any point they can send me down if I need a wake-up call. It was just one of those things.
"I was maybe taking it a little bit easy on the defensive side of the puck. Kind of got away from that and needed some touching up to do."
Etem's demotion to Norfolk was a surprise as the youngster had six goals and made the Ducks an even faster team. As expected, the move was short term as he was recalled Thursday and inserted into the lineup.
Boudreau is hoping Etem responds in the same manner as he did last season when he returned from the minor leagues a different player.
"He just came back from a little vacation in Norfolk," Boudreau said. "I'm sure as much as Norfolk is a great city and the team treats him well and he gets a lot of ice time, I don't think he wants to go back. So we'll see."
So why did Boudreau and Ducks general manager Bob Murray ship him out?
"The consistency," Boudreau said. "You just can't come in the NHL and throw your jersey on the ice and say, 'Hey, I'm here. I had a great playoff. I'm in.' You've got to play every shift like it's your last.
"He was too inconsistent. One game was good. One game was bad. One game was good. We got to get them, especially the young guys, to be less inconsistent."
Etem said the ticket to Norfolk didn't catch him off guard.
"I just got to make sure that I don't get too comfortable and just make sure I bring energy each and every night," he said.
Mark Fistric has three goals in 293 NHL games over seven seasons.
So it was natural for the defenseman to lament his disallowed goal that would have given the Ducks the win in overtime.
"It's depressing because those don't come very often for me," Fistric said. "To be in Chicago, in overtime when I don't normally get a shift and to be out there and get the goal and have it disallowed, it doesn't feel great.
"What does feel great is the two points. That's really all that matters."
Referee Kevin Pollock ruled Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta was interfered with on the play, even though replays showed Chicago's Brent Seabrook push Saku Koivu into the netminder.
Said Fistric: "I just see the puck come out and I backhanded it off (Raanta) into the net. Thought it was over. I was wrong."
Francois Beauchemin (upper body) and Jakob Silfverberg (broken hand) are on the trip and have begun skating with the Ducks, but neither one is close to playing again.
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