The Goods: North by Northwest

Tuesday, 23.04.2013 / 12:45 AM
Derek Jory

To be the best, you've got to beat the best.

The Vancouver Canucks did just that Monday night taking down the league-leading Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 at Rogers Arena.

Playoff hockey is just around the corner and you could tell with the Blackhawks in town. This game had all the energy and excitement of post-season hockey and the Canucks responded with an inspired effort; Jannik Hansen opened the scoring with his first career power play goal at 14:28 of the first period to make it a 1-0 game after 20 minutes.

In the second, Vancouver kept its foot on the gas scoring another two goals courtesy of Zack Kassian and Daniel Sedin. Kassian's seventh goal of the year was assisted by both Sedins and moved Daniel into sole possession of second place on the franchise's all-time scoring list. Daniel then added another point scoring his 12th goal of the season.

Cory Schneider was stellar all night making 24 saves, including 14 through two periods, to back Vancouver to another two points and, more importantly, a fifth consecutive Northwest Division title. Since there is no longer a Northwest Division as of next season, the Canucks will forever be reigning champions.

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