The Chicago Blackhawks entered Wednesday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks having lost four straight games and by the way it started, it looked as if they were going to lose their fifth in a row. The Canucks got on the board just 16 seconds into the game off a goal from Chris Higgins and carried that 1-0 lead into the second period. Just under three minutes into the second, the Canucks struck again as Tom Sestito buried a one-timer past Corey Crawford to give the Canucks a 2-0 lead. It seemed as if it was going to be one of those nights again for the Blackhawks, but something clicked and they turned on the switch.
Marian Hossa got the Blackhawks on the board with a power play goal just under four minutes later, making it 2-1 Canucks. Three minutes after Hossa's goal, Brandon Saad tipped in a shot from the point, tying the game at 2-2. Then, just over a minute after that, Jonathan Toews tipped in a centering pass from Brent Seabrook to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead. And they weren't done there. Two and a half minutes later, the Blackhawks scored again. This time it was Patrick Sharp scoring his team-leading 28th goal of the season, putting the Blackhawks up 4-2. The Blackhawks would add an empty netter late in the third period to seal the 5-2 victory over the Canucks.
00:16 VAN GOAL: Chris Higgins (15) assisted by Ryan Kesler and Alexander Edler
02:44 VAN GOAL: Tom Sestito (5) assisted by Ryan Stanton and Zack Kassian
06:30 CHI PPG: Marian Hossa (24) assisted by Kris Versteeg and Brandon Saad
09:39 CHI GOAL: Brandon Saad (16) assisted by Sheldon Brookbank and Michal Handzus
10:47 CHI GOAL: Jonathan Toews (18) assisted by Brent Seabrook and Patrick Sharp
14:11 CHI GOAL: Patrick Sharp (28) assisted by Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith
19:22 CHI PPG-EN: Brandon Saad 2 (17) assisted by Marian Hossa
Here are some notes from the game:
- Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville recorded his 693rd win as a coach and now moves to sole possession of third all-time.
- Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad led the way with two goals and one assist. Hossa, Toews and Sharp each picked up two points.
- Goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 29 of 31 shots for the Blackhawks as he picked up the win.
- Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo stopped 35 of the 39 shots he faced, but it wasn't enough as he was handed the loss on the evening.
- Canucks forward Daniel Sedin has been held pointless in each of his last four games and has failed to score in a goal in his last 14 games.
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