Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Vancouver Canucks: Hawks Crush Canucks, Chase Luongo

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Jonathan Toews, Troy Brouwer, Brent Seabrook And Patrick Sharp Score Second-Period Goals In 7-2 Blackhawks Blowout

Just a day after being embarrassed in Calgary 7-2, the Blackhawks scored seven goals of their own, four of them in the second period, as they blew out the Vancouver Canucks 7-1 Saturday night and forced Vancouver to pull goalie Roberto Luongo, who was having a terrible game.

Jonathan Toews and Troy Brouwer scored goals within a 2:26 span early in the second, and then Brent Seabrook and Patrick Sharp contributed tallies within 1:47 of each other to break open what had been a tightly played scoreless game. Luongo was taken out of the game after Sharp's goal, but replacement Cory Schneider wasn't much better, allowing three goals, including two by Fernando Pisani.

In all, the Blackhawks peppered Vancouver netminders with 41 shots; the Canucks had just 28 on Corey Crawford, who played his best game of the year. Between this and Marty Turco's recent struggles, Crawford may get more playing time. It's somewhat reminiscent of the way Antti Niemi took over for Cristobal Huet last season.

The Blackhawks improved to 2-1 on the "circus trip" and now have three well-deserved days off before they face the Sharks in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.


Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Vancouver Canucks: A Football Alternative

If you've had enough football for a Saturday evening after the Wrigleyville Classic, or whatever college football you've been watching all afternoon, the Blackhawks will be happy to give you a hockey nightcap beginning at 9 p.m. CST when they take on the Vancouver Canucks on the West Coast in the second game of their six-game "circus trip."

It'll be the Blackhawks' first visit to Vancouver since they eliminated them in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs last May. The Canucks were in Chicago on Oct. 20 -- the Hawks beat them 2-1 in a shootout.

The Canucks are coming off an Eastern swing in which they went 2-2-1 and they stand one point ahead of the Blackhawks with 23 points to the Hawks' 22, although the Canucks have played four fewer games than the Blackhawks, who are tied with the Ducks for the most games played in the NHL.

Goalie Marty Turco has had a tough go of things recently, despite his shutout of the Oilers on Wednesday in Edmonton and so coach Joel Quenneville said he might start Corey Crawford in goal tonight. If so, he'll face the Canucks' hot Henrik Sedin, who has piled up eight assists during a four-game points streak. Henrik's twin brother Daniel has scored three goals in those four games.

The game will be televised on CSN Chicago.

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