Cup Check! 17 May, 2015

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Cup Check! 17 May, 2015

Welcome back to Cup Check! Our crowd sourced re-cap of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It’s the start of Round Three and Eliza Eaton-Stern and Allyson Z. take opposite sides as the Ducks Take on the Hawks.

Chicago Blackhawks vs Anaheim Ducks

ANA Lindholm at 8:48 in the 1st
ANA Palmieri at 4:17 in the 2nd
CHI Richards at 19:20 in the 2nd
ANA Thompson at 12:05 in the 3rd
ANA Silverberg at 18:42 in the 3rd (EN)

Goalies: Corey Crawford stopped 23 of 26, Frederik Andersen stopped 32 of 33.

Jiri Sekac played on the Ducks’ fourth line after being scratched part of the Calgary series, playing with Emerson Etem and Rickard Rakell. All three players are only 22 years old.

Looks like sticks and pucks may not be the only thing getting high at this game:

Hawks fans remembered why they hate Corey Perry from almost the beginning of the game:

He’s currently leading all players in playoff points despite a nasty hit that could have ended his year early so Hawks fans already have reason to hate him.

Also, everyone who likes to watch hockey remembered why we love Marian Hossa:

Frederik Andersen made a fantastic stick save on Patrick Kane in front of an empty net to keep the game scoreless:

Ducks strike first, with tiny baby duckling defenseman Hampus Lindholm off a great pass from Jakob Silfverberg:

The first frame ended with an annoyingly drawn-out puck drop with .5 seconds left to go. Oh, ref, way to be special.

Second frame: again, the Hawks come out flying.

Then the Ducks score 4 minutes into the period:

Hjalmarsson continues doing his Hjalmarsson thing:

The Hawks’ hard work finally pays off with an unassisted goal from Brad Richards after a turnover at the tail end of the 2nd to cut the Ducks’ lead in half:

#RallyTeemu. Retired Duck Teemu Selanne tries to get his box pumped (his teenage sons don’t seem to be biting):

Defensive breakdown lets the Ducks regain their two-goal lead, a shot on a rebound from the middle by Nate Thompson:

The empty netter finished it and Despres and Silfverberg were cool but happy after taking a tumble:

While the Hawks out-chanced the Ducks overall, the Ducks outshot the Hawks 12-8 in the third period despite having the lead:

Two separate five-game goal streaks ended with this game. Both Matt Beleskey and Patrick Kane were kept off the scoresheet.

Brad Richards was the only Hawks player to register a point in the game.

Frederik Andersen is the only Danish goalie in NHL history.

Best: Ducks depth scoring, grudgingly impressive

Worst: Hawks lack of defensive depth

Anaheim 4, Chicago 1, giving the Ducks a 1-0 series lead

This series continues Tuesday, May 20th at 9pm EST in Anaheim.

Janice Rochford
Janice has spent most of her life involved in Sports & Marketing. A Basketball junkie in her early years she went on to study Marketing and Sports Management at university. She has been previously a member of the Basketball Australia Statistics Committee and Head of statistics for the Basketball Queensland and the Brisbane Bullets in the Australian National Basketball League. She was also involved in sponsorship and marketing for the Sydney Olympics and the formation of the Football Federation of Australia. Her passion is open wheel racing but she loves anything that goes vroom. She has a new found love of Ice Hockey thanks to the enablers on her twitter feed.

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