Matt Beleskey hit the target after 45 seconds into overtime and the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 on Monday in the fifth game of the final series of the Western Conference and they now lead the series 3-2.
Captain Jonathan Toews Blackhawks threw cold water on the supporters of the Ducks in scoring twice in 72 seconds of the game late in the third period but Beleskey took advantage of a return following a shot from Ryan Kesler to start the party at the Honda Center.
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“That’s the Ducks hockey, Kesler said. We do not like easy tasks. ”
Kesler and Sami Vatanen had a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who are just one victory of a first appearance at the finals of the Stanley Cup since 2007, when they won top honors.
Corey Crawford made 23 saves in goal for the Blackhawks, who were 4-0 in overtime since the beginning of the series, including wins over the Ducks in the second and fourth meetings. They had the wind in its sails before the extension through Toews, but Beleskey finally played the hero for the Ducks.
“They were opportunists, but before the extension Bruce (Boudreau, the coach of the Ducks) told us to keep our heads and that we would win the game, said Patrick Maroon. Everyone believed it. This is what we do from the beginning of the season and that’s what makes the strength of this team. We never give up. ”
The sixth match will be held Wednesday in Chicago.
Cam Fowler and Kesler scored in a 32 second interval at a push of the Ducks three goals in the first period. Maroon also back of the net with 5:15 remaining in regulation time before there Toews put his two cents.
“It was a spectacular comeback, noted coach Joel Quenneville Blackhawks. We had a good second half, third, and what a good end! The extension was difficult. We started late for the first time in the series. The Ducks kept saying they had to be ready. That may be what makes the difference. But what a lift! ”
Teuvo Teravainen and Brent Seabrook did fly in the second period for the Blackhawks, who will need two straight wins to reach the final of the Stanley Cup for the third time in six seasons.
The two teams scored a total of six goals in the third period in Game # 4 and they offered another memorable last right to hockey fans.
After Maroon had scored what appeared to be an insurance goal for the Ducks, Toews narrowed the gap with 1:50 to do while Crawford was replaced by an extra attacker. He returned to the charge in the same position 37.2 seconds left on the clock, surprising the goalkeeper Frederik Andersen from an almost impossible angle. Andersen, who stopped 24 pucks, badly appeared on the tying goal when the puck deflected off his skate before crossing the red line.
The Ducks did not let down and they began the extension on top speed. Crawford sent the return of shooting Kesler directly on the stick blade Beleskey, who scored his seventh goal of the spring tournament.
“This is the most important goal of my career, mentioned Beleskey. It’s an incredible feeling to achieve something in this way, especially at home. ”