Ducks hand Blackhawks first home loss, lead series 2-1

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Posted: May 21, 2015 11:39 PM

(Reuters - Anaheim handed Chicago their first home loss of the NHL playoffs on Thursday after a 2-1 win in Game Three put the Ducks ahead by the same margin in the Western Conference final series.

Simon Despres broke a 1-1 tie in the final minute of the second period as Anaheim bounced back from a triple-overtime defeat in Game Two that tied the best-of-seven series.

On Thursday, Patrick Maroon gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead in the first before Chicago’s Patrick Kane tied it with under a minute left in the opening period.

Anaheim goaltender Frederik Andersen made 27 saves and stood tall in the final stages where the Blackhawks brought on an extra attacker to chase an equalizer.

Kane looked to have a chance with five seconds remaining when he had the puck on his stick right in front of Anaheim’s goal but could not put it towards the net.

Corey Crawford, who made 60 saves in Game Two, stopped 25 shots for the Blackhawks.

Game Four is on Saturday in Chicago.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)