Blackhawks rookie goaltender Craig Andersson was part of history Sunday night in his first NHL start. But it was the kind of history he would just as soon not have any part of.
The Anaheim Mighty Ducks scored three times in the first 7 minutes 24 seconds of the gamea club record for the three fastest goalsand held on for a 3-2 victory.
The loss was the sixth on the seven-game road trip that concluded Sunday. At 10-11-3, the Hawks returned to Chicago under .500 for the first time since Oct. 24, when they were 2-3.
"We deserved to win three or four [on the trip]," Hawks coach Brian Sutter said. "Am I going to hang my head? No. We have to stay the course."
Andersson, who was called up Tuesday, made his first NHL start. Considering the Hawks had just two points in the first six games of the trip and No. 1 goalie Jocelyn Thibault played just half of Saturday's 4-1 loss at Los Angeles, it was an interesting choice.
The Hawks immediately put Andersson under the gun. Kyle Calder took a tripping penalty 28 seconds into the game and on the second shot Andersson saw, Paul Kariya whistled the puck over his right shoulder at 1:55 to make it 1-0.
In the last three games not started by Thibault, the Hawks have trailed after 10 seconds, 14 seconds and 1:55.
Just 23 seconds later, the Ducks struck again when Marc Chouinard slid a shot through Andersson's pads. On their fourth shot, again on the power play, Patric Kjellberg deflected a shot from Fredric Olausson to make it 3-0.
"I just went out there and gave it my all," Andersson said. "I didn't worry about the last goal or last shot. They got a couple good bounces. Once the goal is in, you have to move on."
Andersson shut the door after that and stopped a Matt Cullen breakaway later in the period.
"I thought he was fine," Sutter said of Andersson. "They got a lucky break on the third goal. That's how it's going for us right now."
The Hawks got a bit of a break of their own when Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastian Giguere muffed a shot from Alex Zhamnov into the net at 18:12 of the first. Then Tyler Arnason took a feed from Sergei Berezin and scored off a goal-mouth scramble 1:06 later to make it 3-2.
The Hawks had two goals disallowed. Jason Strudwick was called for goalie interference when Peter White's shot beat Giguere at 8:10 of the second. Calder was denied when it was ruled he kicked a shot past Giguere at 8:48 of the third.
While the Ducks scored on their first two power plays, the Hawks failed in three more opportunities.
"We have to stay positive," Berezin said. "We're creating enough chances to win. I believe we have enough good, skilled players in this room. It's going to come."