PIC OF THE GAME
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Given the chance, Dave Bolland wasn't going to make a mistake.
Bolland scored a power-play goal with just over five minutes left in the third period as the Chicago Blackhawks used a 4-2 victory Saturday night to push the Vancouver Canucks to the brink of elimination in their Western Conference semifinal.
The Blackhawks lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 and can send Vancouver home for the summer with a victory in Chicago on Monday night.
Bolland's goal snapped a 2-2 tie at 14:55 of the third after Vancouver defenceman Kevin Bieksa was called for high-sticking Patrick Sharp.
Patrick Kane sent a perfect pass to Bolland who fired a high shot over a sprawled Roberto Luongo.
"I didn't want to mishandled it," said Bolland, who has four goals in the playoffs. "Roberto Luongo is a good goalie. Sometimes he can throw that stick back and save it.
"I was just taking it slowly and not getting over confidence or over stickhandling the puck."
Finishing off the series in Chicago won't be easy, Bolland added.
"We have to be ready for that game." he said. "We know they are going to come out hard and not give up. We can't take them lightly."
Vancouver defenceman Willie Mitchell said the Canucks are down, but far from out.
"This is far from done," said Mitchell. "We have a 60-minute game there to keep this thing going. It takes four wins. We'll get there."
Two goals and six shots in 20 minutes of ice time for the 'Hawks big forward.
Gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead in the second and was bumped up to play with the Twins.
Two assists and a plus-two in 21:18 of ice time, and drew a crucial holding penalty on Kesler.
Bruising forward Dustin Byfuglien scored twice for Chicago, once on the power play, while Martin Havlat scored into an empty net. Defenceman Brian Campbell had two assists.
Mats Sundin had a goal and an assist for the Canucks. Ryan Kesler also scored on the power play.
A Game 7, if necessary, will be in Vancouver on Thursday.
Vancouver was looking to rebound after a heartbreaking, 2-1 overtime loss in Game 4 in Chicago. The Hawks tied the game with less than three minutes left in the third period, before scoring early in overtime.
The Blackhawks set the tone for Saturday's game by using their speed to push the puck into the Vancouver zone and their size to force turnovers.
The Canucks stood their ground and didn't wither under some early pressure. The Vancouver defence kept the front of the net clear, allowing Luongo a chance to see most of the shots. Canuck forwards also got in the shooting lanes, disrupting shots.