Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, in goal for Anaheim Ducks, scores the opening goal in Game 5 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final during an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center in Anaheim, California, Sunday, May 11, 2018.
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) More than two months after the Ducks lost Game 5 to the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim’s Corey Crawford scored the game-winning goal in overtime to help the Ducks beat the Chicago Bulls in a best-of-seven series that ended 1-1 in overtime.
The Ducks (22-15-6, 61 points) are looking to avoid a third consecutive sweep of Chicago in the series.
Crawford made 33 saves for Anaheim, the Ducks’ best effort in the first overtime period.
The game-winner was Crawford’s 16th of the season, tying the NHL record for most in a playoff game.
Chicago won its first three games to make the postseason for the first time since 2008.
Ducks forward Corey Perry scored the opening-period goal for the Ducks, who lost to the Los Angeles Kings 5-4 in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
He finished with four points (1 goal, 2 assists) in six games.
Anaheim’s Jonathan Bernier scored his second goal of the postseason with two assists in Game 2.
The two goalies each had one shot on goal in the game.
Anaheim had won seven of its previous nine playoff games against the Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks have not won back-to-back games since beating the Anaheim Flames in seven games in 2010.
Crawford stopped all 27 shots he faced for the Blackhawks in Game 4, but he also stopped 16 shots in Game 3 for Chicago.
The series is tied at 2-2.
The winner will face the winner of Game 6 of the series on Wednesday in Anaheim.
Chicago will play Game 7 on Wednesday.
The teams will play back-and-forth again on Thursday.
Anaheim won three straight meetings with Chicago before the series-clinching win.
The Chicago Blackhawks are now 2-1-1 against the Ducks in their past three meetings.