Blackhawks stay patient and perfect in postseason overtime

They’re a championship team and they don’t die,” Anaheim’s Andrew Cogliano said.

CHICAGO (AP) — One lucky bounce.

“I think if were ever in that situation again,” he said, “we’ll clean up. Instead of wondering, ‘How did we let that slip?’ guys were telling each other, ‘Forget that we had them 3-1.’”

Antoine Vermette, who was switched out of Game 3 for “fresher legs” by coach Joel Quenneville, notched the game winner 5:37 into the extra period. But Toews said his teammate isn’t the only Blackhawks with a short memory when it comes to disappointment.

What remains to be seen is how quickly the Ducks can put another tough loss behind them.. After all this time, I think there’s just this feeling we’ll eventually find that break.”

The Blackhawks forced the extra period on a goal by Patrick Kane. But the longer play went on, the less tenuous their grip looked. Vermette’s first wrister from the deep slot was blocked, but he collected the rebound and coolly held his second shot until he was at a tight angle along the left goal line — testing his nerves against those of Ducks netminder Frederik Andersen.

“It’s going to be a long series. In the span of 37 seconds, assisted by several Chicago miscues, the Ducks beat Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford three times in 37 seconds.

By some measures, Vermette should have been the most impatient guy on Chicago’s bench, since he wound up watching Game 3 on television, occasionally hopping on an exercise bike to work off the nervous energy.

View galleryChicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates…Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates with Antoine Vermette after Vermette’s …

“Not too pleasant” is the way Vermette described the unwanted time off. They’ve now gone into extra time four times and won them all, including a 5-4 decision Saturday night that marked their second overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks and evened their Western Conference finals series at 2-2.

“This is a really comfortable group,” Toews said. … They know we’re not going to give up.”

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“I was trying to find the puck …I didn’t see it,” Andersen said afterward. “I tried to take away the bottom of the ice, but he was able to lift it.”

It might not sound like much of a strategy for playing sudden-death hockey, but patience has kept the Chicago Blackhawks perfect in overtime this postseason.

It was a stunning reversal of fortune.

View galleryAnaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen skates off the…Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen skates off the ice as Chicago Blackhawks celebrate an Antoine …

The Blackhawks built a 3-1 lead less than eight minutes into the third period, then protected it like a pee wee squad already planning the postgame pizza party. … “We know to keep working for that one lucky bounce. The Ducks piled up a 17-5 margin in shots in the first overtime, and 4-2 through the early going in the second.

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But he quickly added that “we put a little more doubt in their minds” by storming back into the lead, and that despite Chicago’s edge in playoff experience, the extra minutes being logged by their defensemen since Mikael Roszival went down with an injury will pay dividends for the Ducks the longer the series runs.

But Quenneville and captain Jonathon Toews said Chicago’s extensive postseason experience — 10-8 in overtime games when these playoffs began, with two Stanley Cups to their credit in the last five years — helps the Blackhawks stay calm in sudden-death periods, even when the momentum appears to be headed in the opposite direction.

“I think some teams wouldn’t have been as calm with themselves

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