Blackhawks shoot down Ducks in triple overtime to tie series

Reuters News
Posted: May 20, 2015 3:00 AM

(Reuters) - The Chicago Blackhawks overcame a blown lead, fatigue and a disallowed headed goal to edge the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in an exhausting triple overtime Game Two encounter to tie up their Western Conference Final on Tuesday. Swedish center Marcus Kruger tipped in the game-winner at 16:12 of the third overtime period as the Blackhawks leveled the best-of-seven series at 1-1 in the longest game in franchise history. Andrew Shaw and Marian Hossa netted in a dominant first period as Chicago raced to a 2-0 lead that had evaporated by the end of the second. Still, the Blackhawks thought they had won the game on a bizarre play in the second overtime when Shaw completed a soccer-style header to nod an airborne puck into the goal, which Chicago celebrated before officials conferred and overturned. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 60 saves on a marathon night that saw Anaheim netminder Frederik Andersen also make 53 stops. Andrew Cogliano and Corey Perry scored for the Ducks, who entered the contest having won nine of their first 10 post-season games. Game Three is on Chicago on Thursday.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)