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The Canucks Rally To Overcome The Hawks In Shootout 3-2

By Keith Schultz

Dec 20, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) wins a face off against Vancouver Canucks center Brad Richardson (15) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

A great rivalry renewed again tonight at the United Center, but it appeared from the beginning that it wasn’t an even match. The Blackhawks possession game was in full display during the majority of the first period, with just one breakaway for the Canucks in which Raanta made a big stick save to keep the game in the early stages scoreless.  After the Raanta save, Patrick Kane does what Patrick Kane does and fired one at the net that trickled past Eddie Lack for the opening score. After replay, Kris Versteeg picked up the goal but the Hawks had the ice slanted towards their end.  The only thing keeping this from being a 2 or 3 nothing lead was the play of Lack who was very good in the first period.

The second period started out all Canucks and it pretty much sums up the entire 20 minutes. The Canucks had two powerplays right out of the box without converting, but they were able to fire off 9 shots on goal in the early stretch of the period.  The Hawks seemed to take control of the period when Patrick Kane set up Michal Rozsival with a great pass, but Lack stopped the initial shot, but Johnny on the Spot was Kane and he put in the rebound to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead even though they were getting dominated in the 2nd.  The Canucks would get one back when Zack Kassian put one past Raanta short side.  Raanta was tested in the second period facing 13 shots and only let that one shot slip past him.

The beginning of the third period was Raanta time especially during the Hawks Penalty Kill when Niklas Hjalmarsson was sent to the box for delay of game penalty.  Raanta came up huge to keep the lead 2-1 Hawks early in the third period. Midway through the 3rd period Daniel Sedin made an incredible play on a bouncing puck and got it over Raanta’s glove to tie the game.  The Hawks had their chances to get the lead but too many passes hurt their shot at a regulation victory.  All the Hawks fans hearts stopped when with less than 20 seconds left the Canucks had a 3 on 1 break but missed the net and sent the game to overtime. The overtime had one goal post that save Raanta but pretty much it was a lot of open ice with chances but no execution. The shootout went 8 rounds and Ryan Kesler won it.  The Hawks should have left the ice with 2 points but walked away with only one point.