The Goods: Stopped by Hawks

Thursday, 17.11.2011 / 1:40 AM / Features
By Derek Jory
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The Goods: Stopped by Hawks
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
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VANCOUVER CANUCKS
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Same beat down, just four days earlier.

Although you may have blocked it out, last year on November 20th the Vancouver Canucks were handed a 7-1 home loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. It was embarrassing and the Canucks vowed to be better. They responded by winning 18 of their next 23 games, with at least a point in 21 games.

Wednesday night at Rogers Arena it was again the Blackhawks skating off with a 5-1 win and although it won’t be filled under embarrassing, it wasn’t the effort Vancouver was looking to put forward a mere 10 days after spanking Chicago 6-2 in the Windy City.

Following a scoreless opening period where shots favoured the Blackhawks 8-7, the Canucks came out flying in the second frame and Jannik Hansen opened the scoring just 38 seconds in when he one-timed a perfect pass from Henrik Sedin on a 2-on-1.

That was all she wrote for the Canucks offensively as they tested Corey Crawford with another 21 shots, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

It was the opposite at the other end of the ice.

Cory Schneider, starting in place of Roberto Luongo who is day-to-day with an upper body injury, was solid until the Canucks found themselves shorthanded on back-to-back occasions and the Blackhawks took advantage scoring twice in less than five-minutes.

At 2-1 Chicago, the game was still up for grabs for Vancouver until Jonathan Toews, who is quickly becoming the Canucks arch nemesis if he isn’t already, scored the first of three Blackhawks goals in 4:03 to end the game with a thud for the home team.

“It’s real frustrating,” said Schneider, who recorded 22 saves in his sixth start of the season. “We were in the game and I thought playing pretty well and the wheels just sort of fell off there at the end and it’s up to me to help my teammates out and make some saves and give us a chance, but unfortunately it didn’t happen.”

The loss for Vancouver after an impressive win last Sunday against the New York Islanders continues the team’s pattern of inconsistent play.

The Canucks are aware of the issue at hand.

“It’s been addressed and we’re trying to find ways to string some wins together,” said Chris Higgins. “We’ve been talking about that for a few weeks now and it hasn’t happened yet. We’ve got to find some sort of play that’s going to get us a few wins in a row and get us going the right way.”

The Canucks have three days off before hosting the Ottawa Senators Sunday at Rogers Arena.

COACH'S COMMENTS...

Alain Vigneault on Vancouver’s play on this night…

”I really liked our first two periods. I thought the first period was two teams battling real hard, the pace from ice level was tremendous and I really liked our second period even though we came out of there behind by a goal. I thought 5-on-5 we out-chanced them in that second period 6-2, they had two scoring chances on the power play and nothing 5-on-5, then they scored both times on the power play.”

On the growing concern Canucks aren’t putting in 60-minute efforts…

”We’re aware of where our game is right now and we’re not that far away, but obviously we’re not good enough right now. We’re aware of it, we’re working extremely hard as a group to get our game to where it needs to be and we’re going to have a couple of days here of practice and we’ll get ready for Sunday.”

On the chance filled game for Chris Higgins, Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows…

”They were creating turnovers and winning some battles, they weren’t getting a lot of rewards for the efforts they put in, so I think as the game wore on, you cound sense a little bit of frustration on their part, but you can’t be furstarted, you’ve got to keep working, stick with it and they know the right way to play and they’ll put it on the ice.”

HELPING THE MO-VEMENT

Mo Bros and Sistas united at Rogers Arena Wednesday night as Canucks Sports & Entertainment supported Movember and its goal of raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.

One in two men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

Dale Alberts, father of Canucks defenceman Andrew Alberts, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2001 and Alberts’ grandfather also suffered from prostate cancer before his unrelated passing.

The Alberts family takes a stand against this vicious disease every Movember by sprouting some dense, thick, luscious moustaches. Both Dale and Andrew currently have mean Mo’s, as do a number of Canucks, who are raising pledges through Canucks.com/Movember.

“It means a lot to me that guys pitch in and make an effort to get the awareness out and raise money to help fight it," said Alberts.

“It’s always fun to grow a moustache,” added Alberts, 16-days into a mean looking Mo. “Whatever you can do to help out the cure and raise awareness, it’s like breast cancer, but this is a huge problem for men.”

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RULES OF THE PRESS BOX
While there is no true dress code, if you're wearing a suit, a tie will suffice, no need for a bow tie. Unless you're Pee-wee Herman.
Tweet of the night - “This #Canucks #Blackhawks game has incredible pace, and even better goaltending
thus far. Cory vs. Corey. Winner gets the Cory Hart Trophy." -@SportsnetSpec.
Circus act - With the Ringling Bros. circus in town, the Blackhawks are currently on a six-game,
13-day road trip and they play the same six teams they have on same trip the last three years.
Shoo fly - I thought all flies out there were hibernating or dead or something. Apparently not as I was viciously
attacked by a mammoth honking beast throughout tonight’s game. It was enamored with me. It’s on big guy.
Remember the good times - Alex Burrows scores in overtime in Game 7 of the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinal:
"They have finally slayed the dragon" (Jim Hughson), "It's a great day for an exorcism" (John Shorthouse).