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Blackhawks 6, Canucks 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Blackhawks 6, Canucks 3
Vancouver Canucks 3, Chicago Blackhawks 6

CHICAGO (AP) -The Chicago Blackhawks made quick work of Olympic gold medal-winning goalie Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks.

Andrew Ladd, Duncan Keith, Troy Brouwer, Kris Versteeg and Jordan Hendry scored first-period goals to chase Luongo in the Blackhawks' 6-3 victory Friday night.

Marian Hossa added a goal and assist, and Jonathan Toews had two assists to help Chicago win for the sixth time in seven games and pull into a first-place tie with San Jose in the Western Conference.

Keith and Toews, along with Chicago's Brent Seabrook, also played on Canada's Olympic team. On Friday, the Blackhawks pounced on the Canucks' coverage mistakes, as well as miscues by Luongo, to take early control against the conference foe they eliminated from the playoffs last spring.

"We have a good rivalry with these guys, so we wanted to come out hard and set the tone early," Keith said. "It was good win. We know these guys have a good team and we might we might see them down the road. We were trying to do our thing. Getting the puck down low and creating havoc."

The game included ongoing skirmishes, but the Blackhawks made their point on the scoreboard by buzzing and cross-circuiting the Canucks defense.

"It was a good start for us emotionally," Ladd said. "It was great obviously getting contributions from a lot of different guys. We got a couple of good bounces, too. We kept simple and got pucks in the net."

Luongo, making his second start since backstopping Canada to the Olympic title Sunday, was replaced by Andrew Raycroft to start the second. He exited the game after allowing the five first-period goals on 14 shots and slamming his stick on the bench.

"I don't think we had a great period and I don't think we were ready to play," Luongo said. "Unfortunately, I felt good. That's the sad part. I felt ready. I felt sharp. And the goals kept going in."

"I didn't want to be in there for a dozen, so you might as well take me out after the first," he added.

Three Stars
JORDAN HENDRY

Scored his first goal of the year - second of his career - and assisted on the night's first goal of the game.
1 goal, 1 assist, +2

ANDREW LADD

Opened the scoring at just 3:48 into the game to give the Blackhawks momentum early. 
1 goal, 2 hits, 12:27 TOI

KRIS VERSTEEG

Tallied the game winner with the fourth goal in the first period to give Chicago a three goal lead at 15:08 into the game.
1 goal, 15:15 TOI, 4 shots

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault had the same assessment.

"Without a doubt in that first period they were the much better team with Grade A chances and they were able to bury the chances," Vigneault said. "Tonight was a playoff atmosphere and we just didn't respond the way we have to to be successful in this type of game."

Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows and Mikael Samuelsson scored for the Canucks, whose two-game winning streak ended.

Chicago's Cristobal Huet stopped 20 shots. He made his second straight start after Antti Niemi started five in a row for the Blackhawks.

Luongo and Vancouver's defense struggled in a chippy first period, and Chicago built a 5-1 lead.

Luongo made three tough saves during an early 5-on-3 Chicago power play, then allowed a soft goal to Ladd at 3:48. Ladd shoveled a backhander on goal from the right boards that deflected off the shaft of Luongo's stick and wobbled in.

After the Blackhawks killed a 5-on-3 Vancouver advantage a few minutes later, they took charge.

Keith's power-play goal at 10:22 made it 2-0. With Luongo down and a wild scrum in front of the net, Keith aimed in a high shot from 40 feet out in the slot.

Brouwer made it 3-0 just 31 seconds later. He drove to the net and rammed in the puck after Luongo deflected Niklas Hjalmarsson's centering pass.

Kesler fooled Huet with a screened shot from right circle with 5:51 left in the first to cut it to 3-1. But Versteeg replied 59 seconds later when he skated unchecked from left wing, cut across the crease and beat Luongo high on the glove side.

Hendry, a defenseman, scored his first goal of the season with 43 seconds left when he took a centering pass from Toews and drove down the slot to the net.

Burrows cut it to 5-2 at 2:05 of the second. He blew past the Chicago defense fired a shot that went in off the post.

Hossa scored on a screened shot late in the third - a second after a Chicago power play expired - to make it 6-2.

Samuelsson completed the scoring on a screened shot with 2:51 left in the third.

NOTES: The Canucks played the 11th game of the NHL-record 14-game trip interrupted by the Olympic break. They're 6-5-0 on the trip, which ends March 10 at Phoenix. ... Vancouver D Andrew Alberts, acquired from Carolina on Wednesday, played his first game with the Canucks. He fought Chicago D Brent Seabrook midway through the first period. ... Chicago evened its season series with the Canucks at 2-2-0 in the final regular-season meeting between the teams. ... Canucks RW Steve Bernier missed his second game and has returned to Vancouver to be evaluated for an abdominal injury.


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scoring summary
1st Period
03:48
CHI
Andrew Ladd (12) Backhand shot - ASST: Dustin Byfuglien (12), Jordan Hendry (5)
1 - 0 CHI
10:22
CHI
PPG - Duncan Keith (12) Slapshot - ASST: Jonathan Toews (34), Patrick Sharp (35)
2 - 0 CHI
10:53
CHI
Troy Brouwer (19) Snap shot - ASST: Niklas Hjalmarsson (10), Marian Hossa (19)
3 - 0 CHI
14:09
VAN
Ryan Kesler (19) Wrist shot - ASST: Pavol Demitra (5)
3 - 1 CHI
15:08
CHI
Kris Versteeg (14) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
4 - 1 CHI
19:17
CHI
Jordan Hendry (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Jonathan Toews (35), Patrick Kane (47)
5 - 1 CHI
2nd Period
02:05
VAN
Alexandre Burrows (29) Slapshot - ASST: Daniel Sedin (43), Alexander Edler (27)
5 - 2 CHI
16:55
CHI
Marian Hossa (19) Snap shot - ASST: Kim Johnsson (9), Brian Campbell (31)
6 - 2 CHI
3rd Period
17:09
VAN
Mikael Samuelsson (23) Tip-in - ASST: Andrew Alberts (9)
6 - 3 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
00:37
CHI
Andrew Ladd  Roughing against  Ryan Kesler
00:37
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Slashing against  Jonathan Toews
00:37
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien  Roughing against  Alexandre Burrows
00:37
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Roughing against  Dustin Byfuglien
00:37
VAN
Shane O'Brien  Roughing against  Brian Campbell
00:37
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Roughing against  Andrew Ladd
04:14
CHI
Troy Brouwer  Interference against  Pavol Demitra
04:38
CHI
Dave Bolland  Roughing against  Mikael Samuelsson
07:47
VAN
Tanner Glass  Hi-sticking against  Jonathan Toews
09:46
VAN
Andrew Alberts  Interference against  Brent Seabrook
09:46
VAN
Andrew Alberts  Fighting (maj) against  Brent Seabrook
09:46
CHI
Brent Seabrook  Fighting (maj) against  Andrew Alberts
2nd Period
02:07
CHI
Ben Eager  Hi-sticking against  Jannik Hansen
05:19
CHI
Ben Eager  Fighting (maj) against  Tanner Glass
05:19
VAN
Tanner Glass  Fighting (maj) against  Ben Eager
14:54
VAN
Jannik Hansen  Tripping against  Brian Campbell
3rd Period
02:39
VAN
Tanner Glass  Boarding against  Tomas Kopecky
03:25
CHI
Marian Hossa  Slashing against  Ryan Kesler
11:28
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Interference against  Kris Versteeg
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
SA: 14TOI: 20:00
Saves: 9EV: 2 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .643SH: 0 - 0
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 10TOI: 40:00
Saves: 9EV: 6 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1
Cristobal Huet
Cristobal Huet
26-12-4
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 12 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .870SH: 1 - 1