ANAHEIM – The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Anaheim Ducks 7-3 at United Center on Monday night. The Ducks lost not only the game, they may have lost Six Nations defensemen Brandon Montour in the process.
Ducks defensemen left the game at 10:48 of the third period after being crunched by two Chicago Blackhawks’, Brent Seabrook and Tommy Wingels. The injury is described as “an upper body injury” but coach Randy Carlyle is reporting after the game that Montour that he was “functioning well”, which may indicate he will be back on the ice soon.
With or without Montour, the Ducks face the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.
Sunday was not a good one for the Ducks who have been winless in the last four starts and are getting pretty hungry for a win. Goalie John Gibson, who has been sensational for the Ducks this season, has fallen upon hard times. He was replaced in the Anaheim net by Ryan Miller 6:13 into the second period after allowing four goals on 22 shots.
“We allowed them to play their give-and-go game,” said coach Randy Carlyle. “We really didn’t get involved in the hockey game physically at all. And they just moved the puck around us, and we got frustrated.”
Montour has played well, but has remained pointless since he earned an assist when the Ducks faced Las Vegas, Nov. 22nd.