|VAN||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||5|
|CHI||0||0||0||(null - null)||7|
CHICAGO (AP) -The Canucks repeated a history they were determined not to do tonight but the kids made sure the Blackhawks are moving on.
"What can you say, to end up on the losing side is a disappointment, but we’ve got to be proud of the guys, we gave everything we had," said Daniel Sedin, who scored two goals tonight after going without one this series. "We came back in the game and we took the lead and they came back. We fell on the same mistakes that we have all series. We took too many penalties, made a few mistakes and they’re took good of an offensive team to give them that good of chances late in the game."
Patrick Kane had his first hat trick and Jonathan Toews scored the go-ahead goal in a wild third period Monday night as Chicago advanced to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 1995 by beating the Vancouver Canucks 7-5.
"It's about time I got the first hat trick. I've been waiting two years. I guess it can't come in a better game than this," the 20-year-old Kane said.
In the thunderous United Center, the Blackhawks rallied from a one-goal deficit twice in the third period and put up four scores against Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo to win the series 4-2. Next up is either Detroit or Anaheim.
"It's awesome. We didn't want to go back to Vancouver," the 21-year-old Toews said. "Nobody knew what was going to happen. It was unbelievable. ... We've found ways to come back, especially late in games."
The Blackhawks came back from 1-0 and 2-1 down in the series, and overcome goal deficits in games all four games they won.
"I think you’ve got to give them credit, they’re one of the best skilled offensive teams in the National Hockey League," said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault. "If ever they can keep this team together in this cap era, the people of Chicago are going to have a very strong team for a very long time."
"We knew all along that they were a skilled team that had three lines that could score on a regular basis," said Sedin. "You’ve got to be proud of the way we played, we came back and took the lead but we couldn’t hold onto it."
Even the usually unemotional Chicago coach Joel Quenneville was shaking his head over the final period, when he said it was so loud he had trouble making line calls.
"I don't think anybody anticipated the craziness of the third period. The turns and swings were gigantic," Quenneville said.
"How it unraveled and unfolded, it was an amazing ending."
When Chicago's Troy Brouwer was called for goaltender interference with just under 8 minutes remaining, Daniel Sedin scored quickly with a shot from the left circle that put the Canucks ahead 5-4.
Kane responded. He got a puck from behind the net and then maneuvered to the side and put a shot under Luongo to tie the game at 5.
Then, 49 seconds later on a power play, Toews worked around the side and tried to pass across the crease to Patrick Sharp. But the puck deflected in off Vancouver's Alexander Edler with 6:11 left.
Kane capped his hat trick with a hard back-hander past Luongo with 3:43 remaining, sort of an insurance score.
"I just picked up the puck in the middle, saw I had a one-on-one, made a move through the defenseman's stick and shot," Kane said.
Chicago's Nikolai Khabibulin made 33 saves and Luongo 23.
"We had some chances early and I made some saves, but the rest of the way I didn't help my teammates out," said Luongo, who was near tears in the Canucks' locker room. "When you let in seven goals, I don't think that's a very good performance."
Despite being hard on himself, Vigneault doesn't feel the same way.
"You win as a team and you lose as a team," said Vigneault. "We’re all responsible here for the loss tonight."
Sedin had a pair of goals for Vancouver, which lost the final three games of the series in a crushing end to what the Canucks hoped would be a run to the Stanley Cup.
"We had a chance to go a long way," Sedin said. "That's the most disappointing thing. This was a great opportunity."
Vancouver's Mats Sundin scored to put the Canucks up 4-3 early in the third period, but Adam Burish countered on a nice centering pass from Patrick Sharp to tie the game.
The Blackhawks took a 3-1 lead in the second period on power-play goals by Kris Versteeg and Toews. The Canucks came charging back to tie on scores from Sedin and Shane O'Brien to momentarily quiet the frenzied crowd.
"They took a 3-1 lead on two power play goals so we got caught a little bit behind the eight-ball and we had to make a push, which we did," said Vigneault. "We were able to tie it up after two and on two occasions in the third we took the lead but we weren’t able to maintain it."
Mason Raymond gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead in the first period on a wrist shot from the right circle with Vancouver's Ryan Kesler standing in the crease. But Kane answered 2 minutes later with his first goal of the game, skating around Mattias Ohlund near the boards and, with Luongo apparently screened by a teammate, driving the puck past the goalie's glove.
Versteeg's goal broke the tie in the second period and came after Vancouver's Rick Rypien drove Chicago's Ben Eagler into the bench door for a cross-checking penalty. The play came soon after Chicago's Andrew Ladd crashed into Kesler, shaking him up and drawing blood from his face.
Toews got his first goal of the series on a rebound of his own shot to give the Blackhawks a 3-1 lead midway in the second period. But Sedin scored on a high wrist shot from the left circle. It was the first goal of the series for Sedin, whose 31 goals led the Canucks in the regular season.
The Canucks tied it on O'Brien's first playoff goal, a shot from just outside the left circle that came with Kyle Wellwood screening Khabibulin.Notes: Combining regular season and six playoff games, the Blackhawks announced they had drawn 1,006,920 fans so far this season.
|Mason Raymond (2) ASST: Mats Sundin (5), Mattias Ohlund (1)|
1 - 0 VAN
|Patrick Kane (6) ASST: Jonathan Toews (6)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Kris Versteeg (3) ASST: Brent Seabrook (8), Dustin Byfuglien (4)|
2 - 1 CHI
|PPG - Jonathan Toews (3) ASST: Martin Havlat (7), Cam Barker (4)|
3 - 1 CHI
|Daniel Sedin (3) ASST: Kyle Wellwood (5), Kevin Bieksa (4)|
3 - 2 CHI
|Shane O'Brien (1) ASST: Kevin Bieksa (5), Rick Rypien (2)|
3 - 3 Tie
|Mats Sundin (3) ASST: Mattias Ohlund (2), Alexander Edler (7)|
4 - 3 VAN
|Adam Burish (2) ASST: Patrick Sharp (4)|
4 - 4 Tie
|PPG - Daniel Sedin (4) ASST: Sami Salo (4), Henrik Sedin (6)|
5 - 4 VAN
|Patrick Kane (7) ASST: Troy Brouwer (2), Brian Campbell (6)|
5 - 5 Tie
|PPG - Jonathan Toews (4) ASST: Martin Havlat (8), Brian Campbell (7)|
6 - 5 CHI
|Patrick Kane (8) ASST: NONE|
7 - 5 CHI
|Patrick Kane Holding against Willie Mitchell|
|Kris Versteeg Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Rick Rypien Interference against Ben Eager|
|Willie Mitchell Hooking against Andrew Ladd|
|Patrick Kane Too many men/ice - bench|
|Dustin Byfuglien Roughing against Kyle Wellwood|
|Ryan Kesler Interference against Adam Burish|
|Troy Brouwer Interference on goalkeeper against Roberto Luongo|
|Shane O'Brien Hooking against Kris Versteeg|
|SA: 30||TOI: 58:01|
|Saves: 23||EV: 20 - 24|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 6|
|SV%: .767||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 38||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 33||EV: 22 - 26|
|PIM: 0||PP: 10 - 11|
|SV%: .868||SH: 1 - 1|