Troy Brouwer of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates a 2nd period goal against the San Jose Sharks with teammates including Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp at the United Center in Chicago Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Anaheim Ducks: Hawks Lose First Of Quick California Trip

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Blackhawks Outshoot Ducks 40-18, But Lose 2-1

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) – Jonas Hiller turned aside 39 shots to help the Anaheim Ducks take a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center.

Andreas Lilja and Corey Perry scored for the Ducks, winners of three straight.

Bryan Bickell scored the lone goal while Corey Crawford made 16 saves for the Blackhawks, who have dropped their last three games.

Anaheim took the lead at the 10:32 mark of the first on Lilja’s first goal of the season.

Then, with 1:52 left in the first, Brian Campbell sent a pass from the low left side to the right, where Bickell whacked it in on his second attempt.

At the 1:46 mark of the second, Anaheim took a 2-1 lead when Perry’s wrister from the right circle sailed over Crawford’s right pad.

Teemu Selanne was awarded a penalty shot at the 4:03 mark of the third when he was tripped on a breakaway by Patrick Kane, but Crawford easily swallowed up the wrist shot.

Chicago nearly tied the game moments later, when Jack Skille had a wide open net from the left side. But Hiller made a glove save, and a replay review upheld the call on the ice.

The Blackhawks’ Viktor Stalberg had an open net with about 1 1/2 minutes to play, but his shot from the slot went off Dave Bolland and Hiller got a piece of the redirect. Chicago was unable to net the equalizer after pulling Crawford for the extra attacker.

Game Notes

Anaheim hosts Nashville on Wednesday…Chicago plays in Los Angeles on Monday…Chicago had won the previous two matchups this season…Chicago outshot Anaheim, 19-2, in the final period.

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Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Anaheim Ducks: Win One For Dear Old Mom

The Blackhawks have taken their moms along on the two-game trip to the Los Angeles area to play the Ducks and Kings. You'd think, especially after they didn't win on their family trip last year (0-1-1 when they took their dads along), they'd want to make good or risk a mother's wrath. (Kidding. Sort of.)

Anyway, the Hawks got somewhat good news yesterday when Jonathan Toews took part in practice and his shoulder, injured last Tuesday against the Blues, responded well. Coach Joel Quenneville, not wanting to take any chances, won't play Toews tonight, or likely tomorrow against the Kings either, but it's possible that Captain Jonathan might not miss the previously-feared two weeks.

Corey Crawford, who is 10-1-1 in his last 12 starts, is back to 100% health after a bout with the flu and will get the start tonight. The Blackhawks have defeated the Ducks twice already this season and Crawford was in goal both times.

Tonight's game begins at 7 p.m. CST and will be televised on WGN (Chicago only).

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