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Canucks 4, Blackhawks 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:15 AM

Associated Press

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Canucks 4, Blackhawks 0
Vancouver Canucks 4, Chicago Blackhawks 0

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CHICAGO (AP) -Robert Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks sent the Chicago Blackhawks a loud playoff message Sunday night. 

Luongo made 26 saves to match his career high with seven shutouts, and Daniel Sedin had two goals and an assist in Vancouver's 4-0 victory over Blackhawks.

Alex Burrows had a goal and two assists, Ryan Kesler also scored, and Henrik Sedin had three assists to help the Canucks end Chicago's three-game winning streak and move into a fourth-place tie with the Blackhawks in the Western Conference.

Inside the Game

If the Canucks and Blackhawks finish fourth and fifth in the West, they'll meet in the opening playoff round. The fourth-place team would have home-ice advantage.

The Canucks hit the ice on Sunday with that in mind.

Luongo, who also had seven shutouts with Florida in 2003-04, made only a couple of tough saves en route to his 45th career shutout as the Canucks checked closely, neutralized the Blackhawks' speed and limited their chances. Chicago's Patrick Sharp fanned on a penalty shot with 5:41 left in the third period.

"We came in as possible match-up in the playoffs and we wanted to show we could win in this building," Daniel Sedin said. "Our defense did a tremendous job.

"They have a bunch of really skilled guys. You're never going to shut them down, but you can limit their chances. I think we did a good job of that."

Vancouver also closed within a point of first-place Calgary in the Northwest Division. The Canucks are 7-2-0 in their last nine and 11-3-1 in their last 15.

"We wanted to make sure we came in here with a goal in mind, and that was to get the win," Luongo said. "We didn't give them a lot of room to make plays. That was key, especially with the speed their forwards have."

Alex Burrows
A goal, 2 assists, a hit and a +3 rating, Burrows was Mr. Everything.
 
Daniel Sedin
2 goals, an assist and a +3 rating, Daniel opened the scoring for the Canucks.
 
Ryan Johnson
Blocking shots and killing powerplays earned Johnson the 3rd star.
 

Meanwhile, the Blackhawks couldn't contain the line Canucks' line of the Sedins and Burrows. Daniel Sedin has four goals and four assists in his last four games, and twin brother Henrik has three goals and six assists in the same span.

"That line was unbelievable on the ice," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "Obviously they were our best players and Roberto was on top of his game tonight.

"That said, it was a pretty solid team effort all around. When we did make a mistake, Roberto bailed us out. When they made a mistake, we were able to capitalize."

Chicago's Nikolai Khabibulin made 19 saves in his fifth straight start and seventh in the last eight games.

A series of fights broke out at 5:50 of the third. In one skirmish, the Canucks' Shane O'Brien reached over referee Paul Devorski as he grabbed at Chicago's Adam Burish. O'Brien received a misconduct in addition to a fighting major.

Chicago forward Troy Brouwer left the game at 8:19 of the first period and didn't return. As Brouwer tried to shoot from the left circle, he fell awkwardly as Vancouver's Darcy Hordichuk slid into him. He's out day-to-day.

"We couldn't have been pleased with how we played," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "It was check, check, check and we didn't fight through it enough to generate anything."

"We had a bunch of shots, but didn't get enough quality chances," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews added.

Vancouver all but shut down Chicago in the first period and led 1-0 after 20 minutes.

Daniel Sedin opened the scoring 3:22 in, taking advantage of a Chicago coverage breakdown. Henrik Sedin passed the puck from behind the net, through Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith and to Daniel, was who open at the edge of the crease.

Daniel Sedin's pinpoint pass set up Burrows' goalmouth tip-in at 8:43 of the second to extend Vancouver's lead to 2-0. Burrows gained a step on Chicago defenseman Brian Campbell, breezed to the net and redirected Sedin's feed from the right wing boards past Khabibulin.

Martin Havlat fired wide on Chicago's best opportunity in the first. Following a give-and-go with Andrew Ladd, Havlat slipped in alone in the final minute.

The Blackhawks finally generated several prime chances late in the second. Luongo made a point-blank glove save on Havlat from the edge of the crease with just under two minutes left in the period.

Daniel Sedin made it 3-0 at 3:53 of the third when he was left open swept in a shot from the right side of the net. Henrik Sedin fed him from between the circles.

The skirmishes at 5:50 of the third were instigated by the Blackhawks and resulted in a 5-on-3 Vancouver power play. Kesler made it 4-0 from the slot during the chance.

 Yeah, we were frustrated," Toews said. "It's great those guys did that, but we've got to be smarter.

Sharp was awarded his penalty shot after being pulled down by Pavol Demitra.

Notes: The Canucks played the fifth game of a six-game road trip. They're 3-2-0 on the swing. ... Chicago LW Ben Eager returned following a three-game suspension. Blackhawks C Colin Fraser was a healthy scratch.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:22
VAN
Daniel Sedin (29) ASST: Henrik Sedin (55), Alexandre Burrows (20)
1 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
08:43
VAN
Alexandre Burrows (26) ASST: Daniel Sedin (46), Henrik Sedin (56)
2 - 0 VAN
3rd Period
03:53
VAN
Daniel Sedin (30) ASST: Henrik Sedin (57), Alexandre Burrows (21)
3 - 0 VAN
06:59
VAN
PPG - Ryan Kesler (24) ASST: Mats Sundin (15), Sami Salo (18)
4 - 0 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
08:19
VAN
Darcy Hordichuk  Kneeing against  Troy Brouwer
09:32
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Hooking against  Marty Havlat
2nd Period
10:02
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien  Hooking against  Kyle Wellwood
15:08
CHI
Duncan Keith  Slashing against  Alexandre Burrows
3rd Period
05:50
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Holding against  Duncan Keith
05:50
CHI
Duncan Keith  Misconduct (10 min) against  Alexandre Burrows
05:50
CHI
Adam Burish  Roughing against  Daniel Sedin
05:50
CHI
Adam Burish  Roughing against  Daniel Sedin
05:50
CHI
Adam Burish  Roughing against  Daniel Sedin
05:50
CHI
Adam Burish  Misconduct (10 min) against  Daniel Sedin
05:50
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Misconduct (10 min) against  Ben Eager
05:50
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Fighting (maj) against  Ben Eager
05:50
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien  Interference on goalkeeper against  Roberto Luongo
05:50
CHI
Cam Barker  Misconduct (10 min) against  Willie Mitchell
05:50
CHI
Ben Eager  Misconduct (10 min) against  Kevin Bieksa
05:50
VAN
Shane O'Brien  Misconduct (10 min) against  Brent Seabrook
05:50
CHI
Ben Eager  Fighting (maj) against  Kevin Bieksa
06:08
CHI
Dave Bolland  Roughing against  Daniel Sedin
06:08
VAN
Daniel Sedin  Roughing against  Dave Bolland
06:08
CHI
Dave Bolland  Roughing against  Daniel Sedin
09:46
VAN
Kyle Wellwood  Hooking against  Jonathan Toews
13:14
CHI
Aaron Johnson  Interference against  Pavol Demitra
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 18 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: 1.000SH: 3 - 3
Nikolai Khabibulin
Nikolai Khabibulin
20-8-6
SA: 23TOI: 58:35
Saves: 19EV: 15 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .826SH: 0 - 0