ANAHEIM—Say this for the Blackhawks, they are remarkably consistent.
Their winless streak stretched to 10 Friday afternoon with a 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on a goal by Sergei Fedorov midway through the third period.
Like virtually every game on this trip, they played well enough to get something out of it but came up short.
"We have to come out and play with that desperation from the start and play with a lead," Hawks defenseman Bryan Berard said.
Anaheim took a 2-0 lead early in the first period on two goals within 17 seconds.
Petr Sykora was able to poke the puck through Craig Anderson before Anderson could freeze it for the first goal.
Joffrey Lupul walked out from the corner to the front of the net and beat him for the second.
"[The deficit] showed what we're made of and the adversity we've had to go through," Hawks coach Brian Sutter said.
One of the bright spots Friday was that all three Hawks goals came from rookies, with Travis Moen getting the first to cut the lead to 2-1 late in the second.
"They're playing their heart out," Sutter said of his rookies. "They are getting a major-league test of what it's all about."
Anaheim extended the lead to 3-1 early in the third on Jason Krog's goal and, considering the way the Hawks offense has gone, that seemed enough.
But Berard rushed the puck up the ice and that resulted in Igor Radulov slipping a shot past Martin Gerber to make it 3-2.
Three minutes later, Mikhail Yakubov, playing his first NHL game with Steve Sullivan sidelined, scored his first NHL goal when he redirected a pass from Radulov to tie the game.
Yakubov was recalled from Norfolk on Thursday afternoon and arrived in Anaheim later that evening.
Sullivan decided Friday morning that his back was too sore to play, meaning the Hawks were without their top three forwards, goaltender and one of their top defenseman in Alexander Karpovtsev.
"It's easy for guys to hang their heads," Sutter said. "Every game on the road trip, we've played hard."
The game-winner came off a simple dump-in. Andy McDonald got to the puck first and found Fedorov.
"That was the only scoring chance [Anaheim] had in the period," Sutter said.
Once again, the Hawks' power play let them down.
They failed in six chances Friday and are 3 for their last 55.
"We have to score some goals, that's the bottom line," Berard said. "We keep saying we're getting chances and moving the puck around well, but that's not good enough.
"It's costing us two points, one point; we can't afford that."