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February 6, 2014

Blackhawks blank Ducks 2-0 in battle of NHL's best

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Chicago and Anaheim had the NHL’s two best records and a combined 15 Olympians on the ice at Honda Center.

Before all that world-class talent heads to Sochi this weekend, the Blackhawks demonstrated why they’re still the team to beat when the NHL gets back to work in three short weeks.

Corey Crawford made 29 saves in his first shutout of the season and Chicago pulled within one point of Anaheim for the overall NHL lead with a 2-0 victory over the Ducks on Wednesday night.

Marian Hossa scored in the second period and captain Jonathan Toews added a late goal for the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, who improved to 3-0-2 on their six-game trip before the Olympic break.

Chicago followed up its victory in Los Angeles two days ago with another solid effort against the Ducks, suggesting the defending champs are hitting their stride right before Sochi.

“The last handful of games on this trip, we’ve got back to the way we need to play,” Toews said. “That’s a tough team to do that to, and we have to feel good about what we were able to accomplish.”

After keeping the Ducks off the scoreboard in a fast, well-played game, the Blackhawks also won the Western Conference powers’ season series, taking two of three from Anaheim. Chicago (35-10-14, 84 points) is right behind Anaheim (40-14-5, 85 points) with one game left before the break.

“(Crawford) made some key saves, and we had some breaks and some fortunate bounces,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. “(Anaheim) had that run there, 19 of 20 (wins), but I think this trip really put us in a spot where we’re back in the mix. We played the right way, and we’re getting some good points.”

Quenneville also announced Patrick Kane won’t be with the Blackhawks when they wrap up their trip in Phoenix. The American Olympian’s grandfather, Donald, died two days ago, and Kane is going back home to Buffalo before heading to Sochi.

Jonas Hiller stopped 23 shots for the Ducks, who have lost four of five. Anaheim also has lost three straight home games after starting the season 20-0-2 at Honda Center.

“We will overcome this,” Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I thought we put in a great effort. We just didn’t score goals. We’re not going to cry about it. We’re just going to get back to work and put another big run together.”

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