Hawks fall to Canucks 4-1

The Hawks/Canucks rivalry is not what it used to be or maybe the Canucks have matured and realize that regular season points are more important than shenanigans and cheap shots. Other than the constant raining of boos when Duncan Keith handled the puck the temperature of the area and on the ice was anything but heated.

The Hawks were coming into Vancouver with this being the second of back to back games and the third game in four nights and the Hawks looked tired in the first period.

Luckily for the Hawks goalie Corey Crawford who came in playing his eleventh game in the Hawks nets was not tired and fatigued and kept his team in the game.

The Canucks started the scoring in first when Jannik Hansen scored right as the Canucks power play man advantage had expired to give the home team a 1-0 lead. The Canucks were definitely the faster team in the first period and most of the play was down in the Hawks end of the ice.

The Hawks however countered with a power play goal in the second period when Kris Versteeg redirected a point to point blast from Seabrook to Keith past Canucks net minder Ryan Miller to even the score at one goal apiece.

The third period would decide this game. The Canucks looked like they would take the lead when Nick Bonino had a open net but he hit the post and the score remained tied. Jannik Hansen did however score his second goal of the game on a redirected puck past Crawford for the Canucks to take a 2-1 lead.

Late in the period Radim Vrbata all alone in front of the Hawks net with no defenseman present gave the Canucks a 3-1 lead.

 Jannik Hansen scored an empty net goal to finish the scoring at 4-1 and complete his hat trick.

The Hawks suffered their first loss on the circus trip. The Hawks looked tired and the Canucks were rested so the Hawks just need to shake this game off and rest up for Colorado on Wednesday and then the California swing.

 

Three Stars of the game:

1.    J. Hansen

2.    D. Dorsett

3.    B. Horvat

Next game is Wednesday, November 26, at 8:00 p.m. CDT vs the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center watch on CSN Chicago; or listen via radio on WGN AM720.

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