News: Marian Hossa notched a goal on one of his two shot attempts in Wednesday's Game 6 win over the Ducks. Analysis: Marian Hossa has found twine just three times in the playoffs, but he's seen heavy involvement as an assist man to prop up his overall point totals. Wednesday's goal was his fourth point of the series, three of which have come in the last three games.
News: Andrew Desjardins supplied two assists in Wednesday's Game 6 win over the Ducks. Analysis: Andrew Desjardins' first assist required a particularly resilient effort, as he chased down a loose puck and dumped it over to Andrew Shaw, who would give the Blackhawks a two-goal advantage. Valued mostly for his steady, physical play on the back end, Desjardins typically doesn't see much involvement on the attack, and has only three points across 14 postseason contests.
News: Patrick Kane supplied an assist and tallied the game-winning goal in Wednesday's Game 6 triumph over the Ducks. Analysis: The goal was a thing of beauty, as Patrick Kane danced past the Ducks' Matt Beleskey and found an open space behind goalie Frederik Andersen to give the Blackhawks a 3-0 lead. Kane has scored three times this series and has 10 goals overall in 16 playoff contests.
News: Duncan Keith set up three of the Blackhawks' five goals in Wednesday's Game 6 win over the Ducks. He was honored with the game's first star. Analysis: Duncan Keith has accumulated more minutes than any player in this postseason, but it didn't prevent him from being the most dominant skater on the ice Wednesday night with the Blackhawks' backs against the wall. In addition to making his presence felt offensively with his fourth multi-point match of the playoffs, Keith helped preserve a one-goal advantage early in the third period when he knocked away a shot at the goal line that Corey Crawford couldn't find. Keith's statistical production declined during the past regular season, but the two-time Norris Trophy winner has sparkled throughout the postseason. He now has 16 points in 16 games.
News: Andrew Shaw scored on both of his shot attempts and notched seven hits in Wednesday's 5-2 Game 6 win over the Ducks. Analysis: Both of Andrew Shaw's goals came late in the third period to give the Blackhawks some breathing room and ice the game, with the final tally being an empty-netter with 48.8 seconds remaining. Shaw has four goals and five assists over 16 playoff contests.
News: Antoine Vermette tallied an assist and won eight of his 12 faceoffs in Wednesday's Game 6 win over the Ducks. Analysis: Three of Antoine Vermette's five postseason points have come in the last three games, helping him atone for a miserable start to his Blackhawks career. With linemate and prized rookie Teuvo Teravainen beginning to pick up his performance in the Western Conference Finals, Vermette could start to become a larger focal point of the Blackhawks' offense for the duration of their stay in the playoffs.
News: Corey Crawford denied 30 of 32 shot attempts to claim the Game 6 win Wednesday over the Ducks. Analysis: Corey Crawford's final line would have looked even better if not for the Ducks' Clayton Stoner tallying a controversial third-period goal, when the Blackhawks goalie appeared to be interfered with by Jakob Silfverberg as he tried to stop Stoner's shot. Nonetheless, Crawford turned in a clutch performance to extend the series, and will certainly be back in the net Saturday with a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals on the line.
News: Frederik Andersen allowed four goals on 22 shots in Wednesday's Game 6 loss in Chicago. Analysis: Although this was Frederik Andersen's first regulation loss of the postseason, questions have arisen regarding his play in the past few games. Andersen is sporting a weak .856 save percentage in the past three contests against the Blackhawks, where he's been beaten 13 times. While Andersen is not necessarily in danger of losing the crease, he will certainly need to turn in a better performance if his Ducks are to have any hope of winning Saturday's decisive Game 7.
News: Lubomir Visnovsky's agent has refuted a report that his client will sign to play in Europe next season, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple. Analysis: Perhaps Lubomir Visnovsky has had a change of heart about leaving the best league in the world or perhaps this is just a negotiating ploy. Either way it would still seem unlikely that the Isles would be interested in his services as they have quite a few young players in their pipeline that deserve the playing time and don't have anywhere near the injury history of Visnovsky.
News: The Islanders and Anders Lee have yet to begin negotiations on a new contract, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple. Analysis: While signing Anders Lee is important for the Islanders, he is a restricted free agent and thus unlikely to get an offer that would force the Islanders hand. They will sign Lee eventually, but he is not a priority at this point in time.