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Ducks vs. Blackhawks 2015 final score: Chicago forces Game 7 with 5-2 win

Chicago's offense exploded for five goals including two in the third period to seal the game.

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

With the Anaheim Ducks just a game away from securing the third trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in franchise history, the Chicago Blackhawks managed to postpone the celebration at least for another game. The series is now tied at three wins apiece after Chicago won Game 6 5-2. The stage is now set for a winner-takes-all Game 7 in Anaheim.

Fresh off a heartbreaking overtime loss in Game 5, the ever-resourceful Blackhawks staved off elimination on the backs of Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa and Brandon Saad. Kane was everywhere Wednesday night, assisting on Chicago's first goal during the game's second period and scoring his own off a wrist shot just a few minutes later.

But the Ducks did provide somewhat of a scare. Sami Vatanen and Cam Fowler assisted on Patrick Maroon's goal with 5:47 left to play in the second period while Clayton Stoner scored his own early in the third. Chicago held strong from that point on, however, as goalkeeper Corey Crawford played flawlessly from that point out. Forward Andrew Shaw added two security goals for good measure during the final four minutes.

The series now returns to Anaheim where Chicago has already taken a game, a 3-2 triple-overtime win in Game 2.

3 things we learned

1. The Ducks are lost defensively

During the first three games of the series, the Ducks gave up no more than three goals in any contest and twice held the Blackhawks to one score. Since then, Anaheim's goals allowed look like this: five in Game 4, four in Game 5 and five again in Game 6. The home ice for the series finale should help, but the trend still doesn't look favorable from their perspective.

2. The Blackhawks' offense is back

More often than not, the Blackhawks win games as the result of strong offense rather than solid defense. Over the last three games, the defensive performance has varied, but the offense hasn't. Chicago scored four goals or more in each contest, either securing the victory or forcing overtime. Wednesday's game was the first of the bunch where the Blackhawks won by more than one score. If they provide a repeat performance in Game 7, they'll have a great shot at overtaking Anaheim.

3. Chicago is hard to topple with this version of Crawford, but will he return for Game 7?

In Game 6, Crawford saved 94 percent of the shots on goal, his second-best performance of the series and best at home against Anaheim. When that overlaps with a reasonable amount of offensive production, Chicago almost can't be beat. At the same time, Crawford's strong showing comes on the tail of one of his worst, an 82 percent save game. The splits suggest the Blackhawks are in for a dip in Game 7, which will be played on the road.