Three goals in 37 seconds is pretty impressive, but three goals in 10 minutes is just as good.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks combined to score three goals each in a wild third period of Game 4, as the two teams traded leads before pushing the game to overtime.
The period began with a 1-1 tie, but Chicago quickly took the lead on a Jonathan Toews goal made possible by hard work from Marian Hossa. Hossa gobbled up his own rebound in the slot and fed Toews to the left of Frederik Andersen, where the Hawks captain was wide open and ready to bury it in the net.
Chicago looked ready to pull away from the Ducks five minutes later when the Toews line set up Brent Seabrook for a slap shot goal 7:38 into the period. Hossa was dogged on the puck, cycling it out from behind the Ducks’ net and down to Toews, then to Brandon Saad, who fed Seabrook at the top of the circle.
The arena announcer was still reading out the Chicago goal-scorers when Anaheim’s Ryan Kesler took the air out of the building at 8:42, eluding Duncan Keith in front and dropping to his knees to fire in a one-timer out of the corner.
Matt Beleskey tied it at 3-3 just 23 seconds later. Beleskey stripped the puck off Antoine Vermette inside the Chicago zone and used Kimo Timmonen as a screen to beat Corey Crawford on his blocker side.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville called a timeout after that goal to settle his team but it did little good. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf pressed the Blackhawks on a dump in and Perry managed to slip away from Keith in front of the net, where he picked up a rebound from Getzlaf and tucked it in.
But the Blackhawks didn’t stay down for long. Patrick Kane forced overtime with a soft shot from just above the goal line that trickled through Andersen’s legs on the power play.
And with that it was 4-4 and headed to sudden death.