NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Chicago|
(Sunday, October 19th)
Final Score: Chicago 4, Vancouver 2
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Patrick Sharp tallied two goals and added an
assist, as the Chicago Blackhawks won for the first time under new head coach
Joel Quenneville, earning a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
Patrick Kane scored once and added two helpers for the Blackhawks, whose
previous head coach, Denis Savard, was fired on Thursday. Quenneville had been
the coach of St. Louis and Colorado and was a scout for Chicago before being
named head coach, but the Blackhawks lost in a shootout at St. Louis on
Saturday in his debut.
Cristobal Huet stopped 28-of-30 shots in the win -- his first with the
Blackhawks, who have won two of three.
"It feels good the way things are going," Sharp said. "There's a lot of
confidence on this team. We know if we play fast and play hard we will be
Henrik Sedin and Pavol Demitra scored the goals for Vancouver, which has
dropped two straight games. Roberto Luongo gave up the four goals on 26 shots
in the loss.
"We've got a lot of capable people here and we all have to play up to our
potential," Luongo said. "Three out of the four goals went off our guys. We
just have to work harder and know that we won't get every bounce that comes
Demitra's goal opened the game's scoring at 9:32 of the first period, but
just more than a minute later Brent Seabrook tied the game. Kane had the puck
behind the goal line to the right of the net, and he dished it to the top of
the left circle for Seabrook, whose one-timer went over Luongo's glove at
A power-play tally from Sharp put Chicago in front later in the period. Sharp
had the puck to the left of the crease and attempted a cross-ice pass to the
right side for a potential one-timer. But on the way the puck hit the stick of
Vancouver defenseman Mattias Ohlund and found the back of the net at 15:31.
"The lucky bounces we got come with hard work," Sharp said. "It shows if you
keep skating, good things will happen."
Chicago carried the 2-1 lead through a scoreless second period, and added two
more goals in the third.
On another Blackhawks power play, Kane banged in a loose rebound by the right
post to make it 3-1 at the 6:58 mark. Later in the frame, a turnover led to a
Chicago odd-man rush, and Sharp ripped a shot from the slot that trickled
through Luongo for a three-goal lead with less than seven minutes left.
The Canucks added another goal with 4:52 on the clock when Sedin's shot from
the left circle hit off a Chicago stick and went past Huet.
Demitra suffered a rib contusion in the game, while Vancouver defenseman
Sami Salo (groin) and forward Darcy Hordichuk (slight MCL sprain) were also
injured...Vancouver won three of the four meetings between the clubs last
season...Kris Versteeg had a pair of assists for the Blackhawks...Kane and
Sharp each have four goals this season...The Canucks were unsuccessful in
four power plays, while the Blackhawks went 2-for-5.
10/19 22:16:44 ET