The Anaheim Ducks came into Friday afternoon with just 43 goals in 21 games, the second-worst scoring total in the National Hockey League. But the Ducks looked to rectify that starting in the first period against the Chicago Blackhawks Friday afternoon, leading Chicago 3-2 after one period at Honda Center.
The Ducks scored two goals in just over two minutes to start the game. Bobby Ryan lit the lamp at 1:14 of the first period, assisted by Corey Perry and Toni Lydman. Then at 2:13, Andrwe Cogliano scored his sixth goal of the season to give Anaheim an early 2-0 lead.
Patrick Sharp scored for Chicago at 6:09 of the first period to cut the lead to 2-1, then both teams exchanged power play goals to provide the 3-2 margin at the end of the opening 20 minutes. Teemu Selanne scored the power play goal for the Ducks, and assisted on Cogliano's goal.
Anaheim outshot Chicago 12-9 in the opening period. The Ducks are 2-10-4 in their last 16 games.
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