Duncan Keith had three assists and saved a goal in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 on Wednesday night to force a Game 7 in the Western Conference finals.
Brandon Saad, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane scored in the second to help the Blackhawks hand the Ducks their first regulation loss of the playoffs. Andrew Shaw had two goals in the third, and Corey Crawford finished with 30 saves.
The Blackhawks improved to 31-0 when leading after two periods and erased some of the sting from Monday night's 5-4 overtime loss. Game 7 is Saturday night in Anaheim.
Patrick Maroon and Clayton Stoner scored for the Ducks, and Frederik Andersen made 18 saves.
Anaheim caught a break when Jakob Silfverberg brushed up against Crawford's glove on Stoner's first goal of the playoffs at 1:57 of the third, trimming Chicago's lead to 3-2. There was no call on the play and Crawford threw up his hands in exasperation after Stoner's big slap shot went into the net.
But Crawford quickly put the play behind him, hanging tough while the Ducks made a frantic push for the tying goal. He got some help from Keith when the two-time Norris Trophy winner swept a shot away from the goal line about 3 1/2 minutes into the period.
Shaw finally got the Blackhawks some breathing room when he beat Andersen with a nifty backhander high into the net with 3:32 left. Andrew Desjardins made a nice hustle play to get the puck over to Shaw for his third playoff goal.
Shaw then added an empty-netter in the final minute as Chicago improved to 7-1 at home in the playoffs.
The Blackhawks' biggest stars stepped up during a key stretch in the second, led by another terrific all-around performance for Keith. Shaking off the Ducks' plan to wear down Chicago's top four defencemen, Keith had his fourth multipoint game of the playoffs.
The defenceman picked up his first assist of the night when he made a long pass ahead to Kane, who touched it to a streaking Saad. The rugged forward then skated in and beat Andersen at 8:23 of the second, sending a charge through the crowd of 22,089.
The team with the first goal has won each of the first six games in the series.
Keith connected with Hossa for a pretty score at 10:41, patiently waiting while the winger got open for the other side of the net. He got his 14th assist of the playoffs when Kane made a dazzling move to get past Matt Beleskey and then managed to squeeze a shot past Andersen with 7:52 left in the second.
Beleskey scored 45 seconds into overtime to lift the Ducks to the win in Game 5 after they blew a 4-2 in the final 2 minutes of regulation.
Anaheim appeared to be looking for its own big comeback when Maroon scored a power-play goal at 14:13 of the second. It was Maroon's seventh of the playoffs.
Stoner then scored in the third, but Keith, Crawford and Shaw stepped up to turn away the rally.
NOTES: Chicago lost to Los Angeles in Game 7 of last year's Western Conference finals. ... Ducks D Simon Despres hurt his left leg in the third period, but returned to the game after a quick trip to the locker room. ... Blackhawks D Kimmo Timonen was inactive, and David Rundblad returned to the lineup for the first time since Chicago's 4-1 loss in Game 1 against the Ducks. Timonen played in each of the Blackhawks' first 15 post-season games. ... F Emerson Etem got back in the lineup for the Ducks. F Tomas Fleischmann was inactive after he played 10:14 in Monday night's victory. ... Blackhawks C Marcus Kruger celebrated his 25th birthday.