Canucks 6, Blackhawks 2

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:49 AM

CHICAGO (AP) - The Vancouver Canucks' power play was extra special Sunday night.

Henrik Sedin had a goal and three assists and Vancouver converted five of six power plays to lift the Canucks to a 6-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

David Booth, Aaron Rome, Daniel Sedin and Dan Hamhuis each added power-play goals and Jannik Hansen had Vancouver's only even-strength score as the Canucks (7-7-1) handed the Blackhawks their first regulation home loss.

Michael Frolik and Marcus Kruger scored for Chicago (8-3-3), which went 0-for-5 on the power play and has scored just once in its last 26 chances.

The Canucks have been inconsistent this season after advancing to the Stanley Cup finals last spring. But on Sunday, perfect penalty killing and a near-perfect power play powered them past arch-rival Chicago.

"We haven't been good enough 5-on-5 to win games," said Henrik Sedin, whose four points matched a personal high in a game. "But if we play good 5-on-5, our special teams will take care of us most games. It did tonight."

Even without man advantages, the Canucks took charge early.

"I feel we got off to a real strong start," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "The guys were focused, executed well. I thought we played a real strong first period.

"In the second (Chicago) took some penalties we made them pay for. That was the game."

Vancouver's Roberto Luongo made 38 saves to help the Canucks end a two-game slide. Chicago's Corey Crawford blocked 32 shots.

"Obviously their power play was the difference," Crawford said. "We haven't seen that from a team. They just held on to it (the puck) for two minutes and kept getting goals at the end.

"I just couldn't come up with a key save."

The Canucks and Blackhawks met for the first time since Vancouver eliminated Chicago in overtime of Game 7 of an opening round playoff series last April. The teams have faced each other in the postseason for three straight years, with Chicago winning the first two series.

Chicago captain Jonathan Toews couldn't explain why his team came out flat in what should have been an emotional rematch.

"Our power play, as usual of late, wasn't very good, the penalty kill too," Toews said. "But it went beyond that. We didn't play a very good game all around."

Booth's goal was his first this season. He joined the Canucks from Florida in a multi-player trade on Oct. 22.

Rome, who has just three career goals in 132 games, connected in his first game this season after recovering from a broken hand.

Crawford was sharp and made several quick, point-blank stops in the first period as Vancouver dominated and outshot Chicago 17-9. But Booth, who opened the scoring 6:00 in, was the only Canuck to connect in the frame.

After Crawford make a kick save on Booth's one-time shot from 10 feet out, Booth was left open and popped in the rebound.

Frolik tied it at 1 with 7:03 left on a soft shot from the left wing boards that Luongo misplayed. The 45-foot attempt struck the inside of Luongo's left pad and caromed in between his legs.

The Canucks took charge with four goals in the second.

Rome and Daniel Sedin scored power-play goals 3:24 apart early in the period to make it 3-1.

Rome connected on a screened drive the top of the circle at 1:16. Daniel Sedin fired into an empty net at 4:40 after Crawford had fallen following a collision with Vancouver's Ryan Kesler.

Kruger cut it to 3-2 with 4:53 left in the second by plowing to the net and knocking in a rebound. But Hansen replied from the edge of the crease with Vancouver's only even-strength goal 43 seconds later when Crawford was trapped out of position by teammate Bryan Bickell.

Hamhuis added another power-play goal, shooting in through traffic from the top of the right circle, with 2:10 left in the period to extend the Canucks' lead to 5-2.

Notes: The five power-play goals against tied a Blackhawks team record. ... Chicago D Duncan Keith missed his third game with a left hand injury. Keith, who won the Norris Trophy in 2010, is day-to-day. ... Vancouver LW Alexandre Burrows sat out with a back injury suffered Friday in St. Louis. D Sami Salo missed his third game with a groin injury. ... Including regular-season and playoff games, the Canucks and Blackhawks have met 32 times over the past four seasons.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
06:00VAN PPG - David Booth (1) ASST: Cody Hodgson (3), Chris Higgins (3) 1 - 0 VAN
12:57CHI Michael Frolik (3) ASST: Niklas Hjalmarsson (1) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
01:16VAN PPG - Aaron Rome (1) ASST: Cody Hodgson (4), David Booth (4) 2 - 1 VAN
04:40VAN PPG - Daniel Sedin (6) ASST: Henrik Sedin (11), Dan Hamhuis (5) 3 - 1 VAN
15:07CHI Marcus Kruger (2) ASST: Jamal Mayers (2), Viktor Stalberg (2) 3 - 2 VAN
15:50VAN Jannik Hansen (2) ASST: Daniel Sedin (11), Henrik Sedin (12) 4 - 2 VAN
17:50VAN PPG - Dan Hamhuis (2) ASST: Henrik Sedin (13), Alexander Edler (11) 5 - 2 VAN
3rd Period
09:26VAN PPG - Henrik Sedin (5) ASST: Alexander Edler (12), Daniel Sedin (12) 6 - 2 VAN
Three Stars of the Game
Henrik Sedin
Henrik Sedin
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 4PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 15:54
Dan Hamhuis
Dan Hamhuis
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 22:00
Daniel Sedin
Daniel Sedin
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 15:45
Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:17CHI Brent Seabrook  Interference against  Jannik Hansen
10:09VAN David Booth  Hooking against  Marian Hossa
14:06VAN Andrew Alberts  Elbowing against  Patrick Kane
15:28CHI Daniel Carcillo  Hi-sticking against  Keith Ballard
19:42CHI Patrick Kane  Roughing against  Kevin Bieksa
2nd Period
03:53CHI Bryan Bickell  Boarding against  Daniel Sedin
06:55VAN Maxim Lapierre  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Bryan Bickell
09:39VAN Andrew Alberts  Holding against  Dave Bolland
13:00CHI Daniel Carcillo  Fighting (maj) against  Aaron Volpatti
13:00VAN Aaron Volpatti  Fighting (maj) against  Daniel Carcillo
16:11CHI Viktor Stalberg  Hi-sticking against  Dan Hamhuis
20:00VAN Kevin Bieksa  Fighting (maj) against  Jamal Mayers
20:00CHI Jamal Mayers  Fighting (maj) against  Kevin Bieksa
3rd Period
00:50VAN Chris Higgins  Holding against  Patrick Kane
09:06VAN Aaron Rome  Roughing against  Daniel Carcillo
09:06CHI Daniel Carcillo  Roughing against  Aaron Rome
09:06CHI Daniel Carcillo  Unsportsmanlike conduct
09:06CHI Daniel Carcillo  Misconduct (10 min)
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays5/60/5
Faceoff Wins3031
Blocked Shots818
Penalty Minutes2234
2D. HamhuisD1115022:00
3K. BieksaD0002521:03
4K. BallardD00-20018:08
7D. BoothL11-24217:10
9C. HodgsonC0201012:48
17R. KeslerC0001019:08
20C. HigginsL0102214:53
22D. SedinL1204015:45
23A. EdlerD02-11026:23
25A. EbbettC0004010:42
27M. MalhotraC0000012:53
29A. RomeD1001214:09
32D. WeiseR00-11010:02
33H. SedinC1304015:54
36J. HansenR1014013:26
40M. LapierreC00-12215:15
41A. AlbertsD0000419:11
54A. VolpattiL0002511:10
1R. Luongo3840.95060:00
4N. HjalmarssonD0101019:03
5S. MontadorD0012016:22
6S. O'DonnellD0002015:28
7B. SeabrookD0001222:13
8N. LeddyD0003023:31
10P. SharpL0003018:03
13D. CarcilloL00012110:51
15A. BrunetteL0003016:40
16M. KrugerC1023011:21
19J. ToewsC0005019:50
20S. LepistoD0011016:40
22J. MayersR011159:01
25V. StalbergL0112213:16
29B. BickellL0001210:35
36D. BollandC00-11015:07
67M. FrolikR1003013:40
81M. HossaR0003020:26
88P. KaneR0004219:50
50C. Crawford3238.84260:00