Blackhawks blank Ducks, 3-0

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CHICAGO (AP) — Marc-André Fleury stopped 37 shots for his third shutout of the season and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks, 3-0, on Saturday night for their fourth straight win.

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Brandon Hagel, Patrick Kane and Dominik Kubalik scored goals, and Alex DeBrincat had two assists to help the Blackhawks improve to 14-9-3 under interim coach Derek King.

The 37-year-old Fleury recorded his 70th career shutout.

Lukas Dostal made 33 saves as the depleted Ducks lost their third straight and fell to 2-6-2 in their last eight.

Dostal, a 21-year Czech, was sharp in his second NHL start and third game with John Gibson and backup Anthony Stolarz both in COVID-19 protocols.

Anaheim leading scorer Troy Terry also was in the protocol and forward Sonny Milano sat out with upper-body injury suffered in a 7-3 loss at Minnesota on Friday night.

Chicago was shorthanded too. Seth Jones sat out his third game in COVID-19 protocols. Fellow defenseman Jake McCabe and forwards Kirby Dach and Dylan Strome also were in the protocol.

Dostal was flawless in the scoreless first period as Chicago outshot Anaheim 15-11. He made several tough saves, including two close-in on Jonathan Toews with just under 5 minutes left.

Hagel opened the scoring at 5:33 the second period, capping a wild end-to-end sequence.

Defenseman Jakub Galvas swept a loose puck off the Blackhawks goal line as Anaheim pressured on a power play after Chicago’s Erik Gustafsson went off for roughing at 3:23. Fleury made two more saves before Riley Stillman cleared a loose puck from midair in the crease out to center ice. Gustafsson jumped out of the penalty box and carried the puck to the left corner of the Anaheim zone. He passed to Hagel, who trailed on the play and beat Dostal high on the stick side from the slot for his ninth goal.

Kane added a power-play goal at 4:22 of the third to make it 2-0. Kane connected for his ninth goal — and in the second straight game — using a one-timer to complete a 2-on-1 break with DeBrincat.

Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins pulled Dostal for an extra attacker with 4:14 left in the third. Kubalik skated in after taking DeBrincat’s feed and slid in his eighth goal 53 seconds later.

BENCH BUDS
Eakins and King have known each other for about 35 years but faced each as NHL coaches for the first time Saturday.

The two first met in a fight as opposing junior players in the Ontario Hockey League the late 1980s but became close friends when they skated for the Maple Leafs and were roommates in 1998-'99. When Eakins was head coach of the AHL Toronto Marlies in 2009, he hired King as an assistant.

DOSTAL FILE
Dostal won his first start in his NHL debut on Jan. 9, making 33 saves through overtime and two more in the shootout in a 4-3 win over Detroit at Anaheim.

He entered in relief of Stolarz on Friday in Minnesota.

NOTES: The Ducks placed Stolarz and D Cam Fowler and in COVID-19 protocol on Saturday and recalled G Ollie Eriksson Ek, RW Vinni Lettieri and D Greg Pateryn from the taxi squad ... Blackhawks F Brett Connolly entered COVID-19 protocol on Saturday.

UP NEXT
Ducks: Host Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.
Blackhawks: at Seattle Kraken on Tuesday night.

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