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NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Vancouver

(Tuesday, November 22nd)

Final Score: Vancouver 3, Chicago 1

Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Alexander Auld stopped all but one of the 33 shots he faced and three different Canucks scored to lead Vancouver to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at GM Place.

Markus Naslund, Ryan Kesler and Henrik Sedin each tallied for the Canucks, who have won four of their last five games. With the victory, Vancouver improved its home record to 9-1 this season and gained sole possession of first place in the Northwest Division.

"He (Auld) was good all night," said Canucks head coach Marc Crawford, "He was good in net and good with controlling the puck."

Mark Bell scored the lone goal for Chicago, which saw its three-game winning streak halted. Nikolai Khabibulin allowed three goals on 22 shots in the losing effort.

The visitors took a 1-0 lead in the final minute of the opening period. A pass by Kyle Calder from the left side skipped under the stick of Rene Bourque in the slot and slid over to Bell, who lit the lamp from inside the right circle at 19:04.

In the second period, a pair of goals within a 68-second span gave the Canucks a 2-1 advantage.

"We turned the game around in the second," said Naslund.

First, at 4:09, Vancouver was skating on the power play and a backhand pass found the stick of Naslund inside the right circle. Naslund quickly turned to face the net and released a shot that beat Khabibulin. It was Naslund's 13th goal of the season.

Just over a minute later, a Richard Park shot from beneath the left circle went behind the net. Kesler then corralled the puck and stuffed it home inside the right post with 14:43 remaining in the second frame. The play was reviewed to see if the net had come off its moorings before the puck crossed the line, but the goal was allowed.

"I have been struggling a little bit of late and it was just good to get the one in the second period," said Kesler.

Late in the uneventful third period, the Canucks sealed the win with a goal by Sedin. Anson Carter fought for control of the puck along the back boards and skated behind the net. Carter then slid a pass from the right side of the net out to Sedin, who beat Khabibulin from below the left circle at 16:56.

Game Notes

Vancouver is now 5-0 versus the Central Division this season...Bell has scored seven goals in his last six games...Chicago fell to 5-8 on the road this season...Naslund extended his point scoring streak to seven games...The Canucks have captured seven of the last eight meetings with Chicago, which is winless in its last seven games in Vancouver...Attendance was 18,630...Vancouver finished 1-for-4 on the power play and held Chicago scoreless on the visitors' only power-play opportunity of the contest.

11/23 02:11:50 ET

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