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Ducks beat Blackhawks, enter break on hot streak

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Anaheim Mighty Ducks are making a
push toward the playoffs with some talented young players.

Dustin Penner and Corey Perry scored third-period goals lifting,
Anaheim to a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday
night.

Penner scored on a wraparound 17 seconds into the third period
and Perry tapped in a pass from Ryan Getzlaf 3:03 later to help
Anaheim move three points out of the final playoff spot in the
Western Conference.

The Ducks have earned points in 13 of their last 16 games, going
9-3-4 since Jan. 9.

Penner, Perry and Getzlaf are all rookies, part of a young
nucleus of players that have helped fuel the recent success in
Anaheim.

The three young forwards have combined to score eight goals in
the last nine Ducks games.

"Those guys have definitely all contributed," said Anaheim
center Andy McDonald. "They had a really strong game tonight. Were
going to need that if we want to go to the playoffs."

McDonald extended an 11-game scoring streak with an assist on a
first-period goal by second-year NHL forward Joffrey Lupul. The
point streak is the longest current streak in the NHL, with
McDonald generating five goals and 13 assists during the 11-game
span.

Teemu Selanne also had an assist to extend a three-game assist
streak. Todd Marchant added two assists. Lupul scored a second goal
into an empty-net goal.

"Its the best way to go into the break," said Anaheim goalie
Jean-Sebastien Giguere who made 24 saves in the win. "We can go
into the break feeling pretty good about ourselves. We have been
playing well as of late. We put ourselves in a position where in
March and April we can battle for a playoff spot."

The Blackhawks have not won in Anaheim since Feb. 7, 2001, going
0-7-2 in their last nine games at the Arrowhead Pond. Chicago has
just one overall win in its last 11 games against Anaheim.

"It was important for us to come out and try and get some
results," said Chicago forward Patrick Sharp who tied the game 1-1
with a second-period goal. "For the most part we did that, but we
had a few letdowns and it cost us."

Penner broke the 1-1 tie by gathering the puck behind the
Blackhawks goal, fending off several checks by Sharp and sweeping
around the cage to swipe the puck under goalie Adam Munro.

"I waited to make contact and then spun off, like I've been
trying to do on a consistent basis," said Penner. "I just tried
to put a good shot on net."

The Blackhawks head into the Olympic break ending a six-game
road trip with a 1-4-1 record.

"It's been a difficult year for everybody so far, and getting
away from the game sometimes doesn't hurt," said Chicago coach
Trent Yawney. "Its almost like a new start with the break as long
as it is."
^Notes:@ The Ducks honored Selanne before the game. On Jan. 30 he
generated his 1000th NHL point, becoming just the seventh
European-born player to reach the milestone and just the second
player from Finland to do so. Jari Kurri had 1,398 points during
his NHL career. ... The Blackhawks were assessed a rare penalty for
having the wrong starting lineup on the ice. Radim Vrbata was
listed on the lineup card as a starter, but Rene Bourgue was on the
ice.