NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Chicago
(Sunday, March 29th)
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Chicago 0
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Daniel Sedin registered two goals and an assist, and Roberto Luongo made 26 saves to notch his seventh shutout of the season, as the Vancouver Canucks stymied the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-0, at United Center.
Alex Burrows had a goal and two assists, while Henrik Sedin collected three helpers for Vancouver, which has won seven of its last nine games and moved into a tie with Chicago for fourth place in the Western Conference. The Canucks are also one point behind Calgary for the top spot in the Northwest Division.
"At the end of the day, getting the win is all that matters," Luongo said. "We all saw the standings and knew this was the biggest game of the year. Fortunately, we were up to the challenge."
Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 19-of-23 shots for the Blackhawks, who had a three- game win streak halted.
Henrik Sedin held the puck behind the net and dished out front to Daniel Sedin, who was on the doorstep and poked it past the right pad of Khabibulin 3:22 into the contest.
The Chicago netminder then made an acrobatic save with a little less than six minutes to go in the first period to keep it a one-goal game. Mats Sundin slid the puck through the crease to Pavol Demitra, but Khabibulin lunged across to deny the veteran forward with the right pad.
Burrows made it 2-0 when he went hard to the net and redirected Daniel Sedin's slap pass inside the right post at 8:43 of the middle stanza.
The crafty Sedin twins worked their magic again in the third period. Henrik whipped the puck blindly to the right side of the cage for Daniel, who fired it past a sprawled Khabibulin and inside the far post at 3:53.
A frustrated Blackhawks squad began to turn up the physicality, which resulted in fisticuffs and a multitude of penalties.
"Little mistakes cost us," said Chicago captain Jonathan Toews. "There was already some bad blood between our two teams, but we have to learn to control our frustration. The guys on this team will always stick up for one another."
Ryan Kesler gave Vancouver a four-goal edge at 6:59.
Patrick Sharp's strong effort on the penalty kill led to a penalty shot as he was taken down by Demitra with 5:41 remaining. The three-time 20-goal scorer, however, had the puck hop over his stick.
It was the 45th whitewashing of Luongo's career...Daniel Sedin leads the Canucks with 30 goals and 76 points...Chicago finished a five-game homestand with a record of 3-1-1...Sharp is 0-for-3 in his career on penalty shots...Blackhawks forward Troy Brouwer left the game in the first period with an undisclosed injury and did not return. He is listed as day-to-day.
03/29 22:16:41 ET