NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Chicago
(Sunday, March 2nd)
Final Score: Chicago 4, Vancouver 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Patrick Kane had a pair of goals and also added an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks worked over Vancouver, 4-1, at the United Center.
Andrew Ladd and Patrick Sharp also scored for the injury-riddled Blackhawks, who remain without the services of Martin Havlat (shoulder), Nikolai Khabibulin (back spasms), Robert Lang (sore back) and Brent Sopel (wrist).
Patrick Lalime had an easy time between the pipes, as he faced just 10 shots, letting in the one goal. Chicago has won two of three and eight of its last 12 games overall.
"The win is huge," said Kane. "We have to take every point we can against playoff teams. We'll continue working hard and take the two points any way we can.
"We're a young team, so everything helps us get pumped up. The crowd is like having a sixth or seventh guy out there."
Ryan Kesler had the lone tally for Vancouver, which has dropped three straight. The Canucks were 5-0-3 since losing to Colorado on February 9, and had accumulated points in eight straight games.
Roberto Luongo turned aside 22-of-26 shots before he was lifted for Curtis Sanford in the third period. Sanford was tested just twice the rest of the way.
The Canucks remain with 74 points, tied with Colorado and Nashville for the seventh spot in the Western Conference, although Vancouver is at a disadvantage with the fewest wins among the three teams.
"Over the course of the season, there will be times when you don't score," said Vancouver's Henrik Sedin. "We're under pressure to score. We have to score, that's what we're here for. We didn't do well tonight, we just have to come back on Tuesday (against Colorado)."
The Blackhawks grabbed a 1-0 lead with 2:58 remaining in the first period, following a Vancouver turnover. Kane stripped defenseman Willie Mitchell of the puck along the right boards and threw a shot on net. The disc then briefly ricocheted in and out of traffic, before it was jammed home by Ladd off the right side.
Kane made it 2-0 with a power-play tally at 4:19 of the second period, as he sent a wrist shot from the right circle that glanced off the stick of Mitchell and got past Luongo.
The Canucks cut it to 2-1 late in the period, as Kesler fired a quick wrister over the glove of Lalime with 1:29 left and the teams skating four-aside.
Sharp made it 3-1 on a redirect at 5:26 of the third, and a short time later things got ugly as Canucks forward Matt Pettinger took a run at Chicago center Jonathan Toews, who came up bleeding from a stick to the face. The hit sparked a brawl on the ice, with Cameron Barker coming to Toews' defense and dropping the gloves with Pettinger.
Toews suffered a facial cut around his nose, a chipped tooth and received stitches after the game.
Kane sealed the win when he notched his second of the contest at the tail end of a 3-on-1. Luongo stopped the initial slapper by Ben Eager, but Kane was there to stuff the rebound into a wide-open net at 9:24.
Vancouver's Byron Ritchie missed his third straight game with a back injury...Eager played for the first time since a Jan. 30 loss at Colorado, and had been sidelined 12 games with concussion symptoms...The Blackhawks snapped a four-game skid against the Canucks, and beat them at the United Center for the first time since March 19, 2004, a span of eight games...Luongo fell to 3-1-0 against Chicago this season...The Canucks have just one win on the season in games where both Henrik and Daniel Sedin have been held off the scoresheet.
03/02 19:06:46 ET