Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sedin Twins Too Much for Blackhawks, Lose 6-3.

The Chicago Blackhawks continued their circus trip by visiting the Vancouver Canucks trying to rebound after losing in overtime the night before to the Calgary Flames in overtime, 2-1.  Unfortunately, the Sedin twins had other plans.  They combined for 9 points, Daniel Sedin (3G 1A), Henrik Sedin (1G 4A), as the Canucks used a 3 goal third period to take down the Blackhawks, 6-3.

The Hawks got a power play early as Jonathan Toews drew a tripping penalty.  On the ensuing power play, Toews wristed a shot over Vancouver goalie, Ryan Miller's shoulder, who went down way too early, giving Toews room up top and he didn't miss, to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead, 6:17 into the contest.  The Hawks did not do themselves any favors as they took two penalties in succession, giving Vancouver a two-man advantage.  Henrik Sedin scored on the 5-on-3 to knot the game at 1 assisted by his brother, Daniel Sedin.  The Canucks would grab the lead as Jannik Hansen found a loose puck in front of the Hawks net and poked it behind Corey Crawford to make it 2-1.  Less than a minute later, Ryan Garbutt scored his first goal as a Blackhawk, as he snapped a shot from the left slot past Miller to tie the game at 2 at the end of one period.

Vancouver would cash in midway through the 2nd period on the power play again when Duncan Keith had his stick lifted by Henrik Sedin.  The puck made its way to Daniel Sedin, and he pushed it between the legs of Crawford, who was wide open in front of the net to put the 'Nucks on top, 3-2.  Although the Hawks outshot the Canucks in the period, 11-6, it was the Canucks that had the better scoring chances in the period.

In the 3rd, Joel Quenneville juggled his lines by putting Patrick Kane on the top line with Toews to try and get some offense generated.  He also tried putting Marian Hossa on a line with Artem Anisimov and Kane.  It paid off at the 12:20 mark when Anisimov took a rebound shot from Trevor Daley and slammed it past Miller to tie the game at 3.  Just over two minutes later, Daniel Sedin struck again as he had a puck find his stick and he beat Crawford, short side to put Vancouver up, 4-3.  On his very next shift, within two minutes, Daniel Sedin, on a back-hander, beat Crawford again, to complete his sixth career hat trick to make it, 5-3.  Alex Burrows would add an empty net goal to finish the scoring and giving Vancouver a 6-3 victory.

Notable mentions:  The Blackhawks are now 32-7-10 against Pacific Division teams since the 2013-2014 season.  Patrick Kane extended his consecutive point streak to 16 games (10G 16A).  Corey Crawford had one of his worst games of the year by saving only 14 of 19 shots.  

The Blackhawks will have 4 days to think about this butt-whooping and figure out how to work on their pathetic road record, 3-6-1, which is the worst in their division.

Three Stars Of The Game
1st - VAN - Daniel Sedin (3G 1A)
2nd - VAN - Henrik Sedin (1G 4A)
3rd - CHI - Joanthan Toews (1G 1A)

Next game: Wednesday, November 25th, Away versus San Jose Sharks, 9:00pm


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