NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Vancouver
(Saturday, February 7th)
Final Score: Vancouver 7, Chicago 3
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Ryan Kesler notched two goals and an assist, as the Vancouver Canucks crushed the Chicago Blackhawks, 7-3, at GM Place.
Alexander Edler had a goal and three assists for the Canucks, who have won two straight following an eight-game losing streak. They have also won two straight at home after dropping a franchise-record nine consecutive games as the host.
In fact, this is Vancouver's first two-game winning streak since beating Florida and Edmonton, December 14 and 17, respectively.
Mats Sundin had a goal and two assists, Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist, and Steve Bernier and Henrik Sedin tallied a goal apiece in the win. Roberto Luongo made 36 saves for Vancouver.
Kris Versteeg, Adam Burish and Martin Havlat scored for Chicago, which had a three-game win streak snapped. Cristobal Huet lasted only one period, allowing three goals on nine shots. Nikolai Khabibulin came on in relief and stopped 13-of-17 shots in the loss.
Chicago suffered its first loss to a Canadian team this season, having been 11-0-0 coming into the game.
Henrik Sedin quickly extended his scoring streak to six games, giving the Canucks a 1-0 lead just 53 seconds into the game. Sundin made it 2-0 at the 3:02 mark on the power play, and Kesler's goal with an extra skater at 13:50 made it 3-0 after one period.
"We did have a good start. That was the most important part of the game," said Kesler of the quick goal. "I think it's human nature to let up a little bit, but we had a good last 10 minutes of the game."
Bernier banged home a rebound on the backhand right in front of the net 2:08 into the second period, and Daniel Sedin made it 5-0 after a nice cross-ice pass from Sundin at the 5:41 mark, Vancouver's third power play goal of the game.
Edler's power play tally at 12:19 made it a six-goal game, but Versteeg scored on a shorthanded breakaway in the final minute to put Chicago on the board heading into the third.
Burish and Havlat tallied goals for the Blackhawks in the third, but it wasn't enough as the Canucks skated away with the victory after Kesler put Chicago away with a breakaway goal late.
"The last couple of games we've really had a lot of good starts, scoring real early in the game. That wasn't the case tonight," said Blackhawks forward Troy Brouwer. "We got scored on early and a lucky power play goal. It's just tough to come back on teams."
Chicago dropped to 4-2-0 on its eight-game road trip and will also take on Atlanta and St. Louis on the trek...The Blackhawks still lead the season series, 2-1, and failed on a chance to capture the season series between the clubs for the first time since 2001-02...Vancouver tied a season-high with seven goals and went 4-for-8 on the power play.
02/08 03:36:57 ET