The Chicago Blackhawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second period and added two late goals to take a 5-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks and force a Game 7 in the Western Conference Finals.
The Blackhawks returned home to the United Center trailing 3-2 in the series after a late rally was erased by a Matt Beleskey goal 45 seconds into overtime. After a scoreless tie at the end of the first period, the Hawks exploded offensively.
Brandon Saad scored the first goal of the game at the 8:23 mark of the second period. Marian Hossa followed that goal up with a goal of his own at 10:41. Patrick Kane completed the trio of goals in the period at the 12:08 mark. Duncan Keith assisted on every goal.
The Ducks put a goal on the board seven seconds into a power play when Patrick Maroon found the back of the net.
Less than two minutes into the third period, the Ducks’ Clayton Stoner silenced the United Center with an early goal and cutting the Blackhawks lead to just 3-2.
But with under four minutes remaining, Andrew Shaw built the Chicago lead back up with a goal, giving the Blackhawks the 4-2 lead. His empty-net goal with under a minute left sealed the deal.
This was Anaheim’s first regulation loss in the playoffs this year.
Game 7 will be in Anaheim on Saturday at 8 PM EST.