Nov 23, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford (50) stops a shot on net with his skate blade during the second period against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
The Blackhawks were playing their third game in four nights. It was very evident that the Blackhawks were feeling the effects of playing so many games in such a short time. Coming into tonight’s game the Blackhawks offense had been on a roll. They had scored 6 goals, 4 goals, and 7 goals in their last three games.
Tonight the offense could not find their legs. The Vancouver Canucks were the rested team and it showed tonight. The Canucks dominated the play and spent most of the game in the Blackhawks zone. The game was a lot closer than the 4-1 to final. Corey Crawford did his best to keep the Blackhawks in the game.
Here is the period recap:
1st period: The Canucks dominated the play in the first period. Jannik Hansen got the Canucks on the board in the first period. The Canucks lead after one period 1-0. The Canucks also outshot the Blackhawks 13-11 in the first.
2nd period: In the second period, Kris Versteeg would get the Blackhawks on the board with a power play goal. Versteeg has scored 6 goals in his last 12 games. Crawford had an excellent second period saving 10 great chances from the Canucks. The Blackhawks were outshot again in the second 10-6.
3rd period: Despite being out played for two periods, the Blackhawks still had a chance to win the game. Hansen would put the Canucks up 2-1 at 6:24 in the third period. The Canucks would put the game out of reach with a goal later in the period. Radim Vrbata’s goal put the Canucks up 3-1. After pulling Crawford late in the third period, Hansen recorded his third goal of the game for the hat trick. The Canucks defeated the Blackhawks 4-1.
News and Notes:
- Corey Crawford started his 11th straight game. Antti Raanta was supposed to start against Edmonton but is battling illness.
- Kris Versteeg scored his 6th goal in his last 12 games.
- The Canucks defeated the Blackhawks in regulation for the first time in two years.
- Phillip Danault appeared his second NHL game. He had two shots in 7:47 of ice time.
- This was third game in a row Andrew Shaw has sat out with an upper body injury.
The Blackhawks get several days off. They will resume their circus trip in Colorado. The Blackhawks take on the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday November 26th at 8:00pm.
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