ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks insisted the game had nothing to do with making a statement, but there was really no other way to look at it. So much attention has been paid to the Chicago Blackhawks this season that maybe this was Anaheim's way of making sure someone took notice.
It will happen now. The Ducks still have the second-best record in the NHL, but they left no doubt Wednesday night that there are two exceptional teams at the top of the standings.
Their 4-2 win over the Blackhawks in front of a franchise-record crowd of 17,610 at the Honda Center was every bit a statement. They extended their home winning streak to 13 games, improved their overall record 22-3-4 and beat Chicago for the second time this season -- the only times the Blackhawks have lost when leading after two periods.
"It means a lot," said winger Bobby Ryan, who scored the tying goal for the Ducks after they trailed 2-1 going into the third period. "Theyve made a statement to run...