Chicago's Brandon Saad and Anaheim's Ryan Kesler chase the puck in front of goalie Frederik Andersen as Jonathan Toews follows behind in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final Wednesday. (Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Chicago Blackhawks came to play early in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final Wednesday, and nearly scored the night's first goal on a push by winger Brandon Saad. But Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen was sharp once again, stopping Saad with an astonishing toe save.The Chicago Blackhawks came out of the gate strongly in Game 6 of their Western Conference Final series against Anaheim, challenging Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen a number of times early in the first period. And they came within a hair's breadth – well, maybe a toe or two – of scoring the first goal Wednesday, only to have Andersen rob winger Brandon Saad with his foot. The teams were nearing the halfway mark of the opening frame still looking for the first lead of the night when Saad broke in on Andersen with the puck; Andersen kicks out his left leg, barely getting enough of his foot on the puck to stop it from going in: (GIF image via @PeteBlackburn)
Saad has scored just once in his past eight playoff games, and the Hawks need a win to avoid elimination, so that goal would've been big for both the individual and team. But the good news – for each side – was they went into the first intermission facing the same score with which they began Game 6. Considering one of the alternatives, that's just fine for now.
GIF: What a save by Andersen to keep the Hawks off the board pic.twitter.com/YO3VrINutc— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 28, 2015