The Blackhawks and Canucks got together to renew their rivalry Saturday night in Vancouver and the first period was a fast paced exciting period. Joel Quenneville had to love the pace of play though for most of the first half of the period there weren’t many good chances. The Hawks seemed to get the jump on the Canucks midway through the period and Brandon Pirri started a 2 on 1 which Patrick Kane but Kaner couldn’t getthe puck high enough to get passed Roberto Luongo. The Hawks had better chances but at the end of the period the Hawks took a penalty which wasn’t too bad, but then Andrew Shaw took a stupid interference penalty at the blue line that gave the Canucks a 5 on 3 very late in the period. The Canucks cashed in on their opportunity and Ryan Kesler scored on a juicy rebound late in the period, so even though the Hawks out shot the Canucks 11-10 the big board read 1-0 Vancouver.
The second period was a whole lot of skating without any scoring. As in the first period the pace of play was fantastic, but the chances for either side were not that great. The Hawks had one powerplay in the period and after a good pinch by Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews had a chance but shot it wide. Duncan Keith had an outstanding period on the defensive side of the puck with a very large stop on Alexandre Burrows on a wrap around when he made a great read on the play to shut it down. The Canucks out shot the Hawks 13-9 in the period and still led on the leaderboard 1-0 after 2 periods.
The third period was the same script as the first two with fantastic end to end action, but the game changed seconds after the Hawks only powerplay of the period ended with the Hawks stealing the puck and Patrick Kane putting a weak backhand on net that Andrew Shaw deflected in to tie the game. This was redemption for Shaw after his terrible penalty that led to the Canucks goal. It only took 9 more seconds for the Hawks to get their 2nd goal of the night when a bad pinch by former Hawks Ryan Stanton led to a 2 on 1 that Marcus Kruger didn’t make a mistake as he put 5 hole on Luongo. The last 10 minutes was a huge push by the Canucks, but Corey Crawford made 36 saves and stopped everything in the third period to preserve the Hawks 2-1 victory.
-The Hawks improved to 16-4-4 and 2-1 on the circus trip.
-Quenneville barely played the third line at all with Morin playing only 4:58 which almost seals his ticket back to Rockford with the Hawks activating Michal Handzus from IR.
-Michal Rozsival didn’t play in the third period with Sheldon Brookbank playing D on the third defensive paring in the third period with Q saying only trying to get Brookbank ice time as an explanation.
-Hawks play in Edmonton on Monday night!
-Toews looked injured near the end of the third, but he said he just had the wind knocked out of him so no worries.
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