Blackhawks have a rough night in Vancouver; lose 3-1
Both teams playing in Vancouver tonight already had punched their tickets to the playoffs, but the Blackhawks had an eye on the Presidents' Trophy, and the Canucks wanted to ensure they locked up the Pacific division.
But between the two teams, the Blackhawks looked like they were asleep at the wheel, aside from Corey Crawford, who was doing his best to carry the game. Coach Quenneville's random line generator was set to "liquify", and line combinations changed regularly though the game.
The Canucks put a lot of pressure on early, limiting Chicago to mostly one-and-done shots in the first. Niklas Hjalmarsson took a charging penalty for a hit on one of the Sedins, and Jannik Hansen scored to make it 1-0, 14:28 into the game.
Dave Bolland headed to the locker room in the first after he had played less than 4 minutes of TOI; word late in the game was that he had a "lower-body injury".
Although the Blackhawks woke up in the second, and at first shifted pressure into the Canucks' end, Vancouver's shots/attempted shots were still nearly double Chicago's halfway through the second. Zack Kassian put the Canucks up 2-0 with 8:18 left in the second.
With Daniel Sedin's assist on the Kassian goal, the Sedin brothers are now 1st (Henrik) and 2nd on the Canucks' all-time scoring list.
To close out the second, Sedin would get his own goal on a breakaway in the final minute of play to make it 3-0.
Daniel Carcillo finally got the Blackhawks on the board with 11:50 remaining in the third. A bounce from behind the net went to him and he swatted it in.
However, the Blackhawks could not make up the deficit, and collected just their 6th regulation loss of the season.
It was also an unusual night for the Blackhawks in that they took 6 penalties, including one on Corey Crawford for interference. Chicago averages the second-lowest PIM/game in the league with just 9.5 PIM/game; only the Rangers take less.
The Blackhawks head next to Edmonton, where they'll face off against the Oilers; Chicago is currently 1-1-0 against them.
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Blackhawks goals: Carcillo
Canucks goals: Hansen, Kassian, D. Sedin
1) Daniel Sedin (VAN)
2) Henrik Sedin (VAN)
3) Frank Corrado (VAN)
Winning goalie: Cory Schneider, 1 GA / .960 sv%
Losing goalie: Corey Crawford, 3 GA / .906 sv%
Next game: Wednesday March 24 at Edmonton, 8:30pm CDT, CSN-Chicago, TSN