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The Journal Gazette

Monday, March 05, 2018 1:00 am


Ducks build big lead, hold off Blackhawks

Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jakob Silfverberg and Corey Perry each scored twice as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3 on Sunday. The Ducks have earned points at home for the eighth game in a row.

Rickard Rakell scored for the third straight game, Marcus Pettersson had his first career goal, and John Gibson made 37 saves. The Ducks moved into third place in the Pacific Division, a point ahead of Los Angeles. They improved to 6-0-2 in their last eight games at home and 6-1-1 in their last eight overall. Ryan Getzlaf had three assists.

Nick Schmaltz had two goals, and Tomas Jurco scored for the Blackhawks. They are 1-7-1 in their last eight road games. Anton Forsberg gave up four goals on 21 shots before getting pulled midway through the second period, and Jean-Francois Berube made eight saves in relief.

The Ducks needed just 2:23 to take the lead on Rakell's fifth goal in three games. Rakell is on his third goals streak of at least three games this season. He had goals in a career-high six-game run Dec. 21-Jan. 2 and another three straight Feb. 3-6.

Perry made it 2-0 at 6:14.

Pettersson, appearing in his eighth NHL game, put the Ducks up 3-0 at 2:09 of the second with a long wobbly shot through traffic. It was also the first goal in North America for the 21-year-old from Skelleftea, Sweden, as Pettersson never scored in 44 games for San Diego of the American Hockey League this season.

Silfverberg made it 4-0 at 6:39.

WILD 4, RED WINGS 1: In St. Paul, Minnesota, Eric Staal and Zach Parise scored in the second period, and Jason Zucker added two late goals to lift Minnesota. Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves to help the Wild rebound from road losses at Arizona and Colorado.