ANAHEIM—While the Academy Awards were taking place just down the road, the Blackhawks were trying to pull off a little drama of their own Sunday night at the Honda Center.
Instead, they played too much like statues early on as the Anaheim Ducks scored the first three goals and went on to a 6-3 victory that snapped the Hawks' two-game winning streak.
"We have to want to challenge ourselves a little bit more against teams like that," said rookie Jonathan Toews, who assisted on all three Hawks goals. "We have to get more excited about playing against big and strong and skilled teams like Anaheim. We didn't step up to the challenge."
The defending Stanley Cup champions got three goals and two assists from Teemu Selanne, playing in his 10th game after sitting out much of the season, while Chris Kunitz added a goal and three assists. Selanne overtook Maurice Richard for 25th place on the career goal list with 546.
Hawks goalie Patrick Lalime had a rough night. He was replaced after giving up two first-period goals. Then after returning in the second he racked up six penalty minutes while getting into a skirmish with Todd Bertuzzi with 7:33 left in the game.
After Selanne's and Getzlaf's first-period goals, Hawks coach Denis Savard replaced Lalime with rookie Corey Crawford to try to stem the tide, but Selanne's second goal made it 3-0.
"Not the kind of start we wanted, obviously," Lalime said. "[Bertuzzi] is a big man, and he likes to be in traffic in the crease. We had a good battle the whole game."
The Hawks' Patrick Sharp scored twice to give him 31 goals for the season. He became the Hawks' first 30-goal scorer since the 2001-02 season, when Eric Daze finished with 38.
After the Ducks' Kent Huskins scored to make it 4-1, Sharp cut the lead in half with his second of the night with just over six minutes remaining in the second.
Brent Seabrook fired a slap shot from just inside the blue line over Jonas Hiller's shoulder with 4:40 remaining in the third to cut the lead to 4-3, but Selanne's third goal and Kunitz's score 40 seconds later thwarted the comeback.
Back issuesStarting goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his back Monday in Chicago. He missed his second straight game suffering from back spasms.
"He's not doing better," Savard said. "There may be something going on in there. Hopefully not, but we'll get an MRI to see."
Khabibulin first injured his back in Wednesday's 3-0 win over Minnesota, and it stiffened during Thursday's flight to Los Angeles.
Tallon talking tradeGeneral manager Dale Tallon said trade talks have stepped up with Tuesday's deadline approaching.
"[Sunday] we had a lot of talks with different clubs," he said. "It will get more heated up [Monday] and everybody will push the panic button on Tuesday. There's a good chance we'll do something."