Blackhawks 5-2 win over Canucks gives Quenneville new record
With the Blackhawks' victory in Vancouver on Wednesday night, head coach Joel Quenneville became the NHL's 3rd-winningest coach in league history. To even coach 693 games at the NHL level is an achievement; to win that many, even more so.
At first, it looked like the game versus Vancouver would delay reaching that coaching milestone by another game or two.
The Canucks scored just 16 seconds into the game on a backhand shot by Chris Higgins. Tom Sestito would stretch the lead to 2-0 Vancouver
But once the Blackhawks got on the board, there was no stopping them.
Marian Hossa opened the scoring for Chicago at 6:30 of the second with a power play goal while David Booth was serving a penalty for interference against Corey Crawford. A few minutes later, Brandon Saad tied up the game for Chicago.
The Canucks played a disjointed second period, and Chicago took full advantage. Jonathan Toews scored 1:08 after Saad to give the Blackhawks their first lead of the game. Not long after, Patrick Sharp made it 4-2.
While Vancouver was able to hold the Blackhawks off for most of the third, Ryan Kesler and Andrew Shaw took matching roughing penalties with just 1:34 left in the game. Brad Richardson took a slashing penalty at the same time, and it gave the Blackhawks a power play to end the game.
Brandon Saad put in his second of the night, a power play empty net goal, to make the final score 5-2.
The win makes Chicago 10-1-3 in the second half of back-to-back games for this season.
1) Brandon Saad - CHI
2) Ryan Kesler - VAN
3) Brent Seabrook - CHI
The Blackhawks will have a brief side trip to Las Vegas for their annual rookie dinner before facing the Sharks at San Jose on Saturday night.