Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Vancouver Canucks: Late Goal Gives Vancouver Victory

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Canucks' Daniel Sedin Scores With Four Minutes Left To Defeat Blackhawks

Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) – Daniel Sedin’s goal with four minutes left lifted the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at Rogers Arena.

The Sedin brothers combined for two goals and three assists with Henrik tallying one goal and two helpers for the Canucks, who have won five straight. Mikael Samuelsson tallied a goal and an assist while Roberto Luongo stopped 42 shots in the win.

“It was a huge game for us tonight,” said Henrik Sedin. “Our power play scored twice and the penalty killing was great. That’s what you need to win in this league.”

Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist while Nick Boynton and Dave Bolland each scored for the Blackhawks, who have dropped three of their last four. Marty Turco stopped 28 shots in the loss.

“We weren’t able to put it away,” said Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith. “We have to take the positives out of this. We battled and had our chances to score goals. But we have to put teams away when we have the chance.”

Trailing by a goal in the final period, a holding call on Brent Seabrook gave Vancouver the power play and the team took advantage as a hard slap-pass from Samuelsson in the high slot went to the low right circle where Henrik one- timed it home with 9:51 to play.

The winning goal came on the transition when Alex Burrows picked off Patrick Kane in the Vancouver end and sent a lead pass to a skating Daniel Sedin, who left a drop pass for his brother. From the top of the right circle, Henrik chipped it into the slot and Daniel redirected it in for a 4-3 lead.

Kevin Bieksa was called for high-sticking with 2:59 to play to give Chicago one final advantage, but the team was unable to capitalize and Vancouver held on.

A Chicago goal was disallowed with 5:03 left in the first as Bolland interfered with Luongo prior to the score.

Vancouver took a 1-0 lead with 1:54 left in the first when Christian Ehrhoff sent a blast into the net from the high slot just before the puck crossed the blueline.

Toews tied the game for Chicago at the 5:06 mark of the second when he beat a Canuck at the right boards and from the circle snapped a shot past Luongo.

It was a 2-1 Chicago lead with 10:29 to play in the second as Toews sent a pass on the fly from the left point to the low right side where it hit off of Boynton and went into the net.

However, Vancouver tied the game with 1:16 left in the second on the power play as a one-timer from Samuelsson at the left circle beat Turco.

The Blackhawks made it a 3-2 game 7:47 into the third as a shot from Bolland at the right circle hit off a Canuck and got past Luongo.

Game Notes

Chicago continues its six-game road trip in Calgary on Monday…Vancouver hosts Ottawa on Monday…Each team won twice in the season series. It’s the third straight season these teams split the four games…Vancouver went 2-for-4 on the power play while Chicago was 0-for-5.

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Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Vancouver Canucks: Will Patrick Kane Play?

The Blackhawks continue their "Disney On Ice" trip in Vancouver tonight with a question mark surrounding Patrick Kane, who reportedly fell on the ice during this morning's skate and tweaked the ankle injury that kept him out for eight games earlier this season. He is, though, expected to play:

"He should be fine," Quenneville said. "He's been dealing with it. When you're dealing with that injury it's one of those that lingers on throughout the whole year and you just have to deal with it. Sometimes it looks like it goes away and a little tweak like and you're back at it."

The Hawks could use one of their top players -- seems like they've been battling injuries all season. Right now they stand tied for ninth, but only three points out of fourth place in the Western Conference standings. Even a short winning streak could get them going toward at least home ice for the first round.

The Canucks won the last meeting of the two teams at the UC, 3-0 on Dec. 3, but the Blackhawks lead the season series 2-1. This is the last regular season meeting between the Hawks and Vancouver. No definitive word yet on who will start in goal tonight.

The game begins at 9 p.m. CST and will be televised on WGN (Chicago only).

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