ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Blackhawks tried just about everything to get a puck past Frederik Andersen while Game 2 of the Western Conference finals wound through three overtime periods and deep into the night, eventually becoming the longest game in Chicago's 89-year history.
Andrew Shaw even headed the puck into the net — which was amazing, but illegal.
After nearly 110 consecutive scoreless minutes by Chicago, Marcus Kruger got it done with plain old work in front of the net, ending a landmark game and evening a series that's already the endurance test everyone expected.
Kruger batted home Brent Seabrook's shot 16:12 into the third OT, and the Blackhawks earned a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 on Tuesday night.
"I just hope we don't have any more like that," Shaw said. "I think this helps us, and showed us what can happen if we keep sticking to it and competing."
Corey Crawford made 60 saves as the Blackhawks rebounded from a Game 1 loss.
Shaw tried to end it during a power play 8:47 into the second OT by knocking a high-arching rebound of Patrick Kane's shot into the net with his helmet in a stunning soccer-style play, but the goal was illegal. NHL rules prohibit players from deliberately knocking the puck into the net with anything except their sticks.
"It was just a reaction right there," Shaw said. "You do whatever you can to get that puck across the line. … Overtime goals are huge, so I tried to sell it as much as I could. It was just exciting, the reaction at the net. I was just out there using my head, I guess."