Canucks Another Game Closer To The Stanley Cup

Canucks 4, Blackhawks 3

Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – Daniel Sedin scored his second goal midway through the third period and added an assist to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night and a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Jannik Hansen opened the scoring on a nice pass from Sedin, and Alexander Edler scored with 13.1 seconds left in the second period. Roberto Luongo made 22 saves for the Canucks, who travel to Chicago for Game 3 Sunday with a chance to take a stranglehold on the best-of-seven series.

Ben Smith had two goals, Viktor Stalberg also scored and Corey Crawford made 23 saves for the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks.

Smith scored the Blackhawks’ first goal of the series with 5:10 left in the second period to make it 2-1, and added his second with 7:10 remaining in the third to make it 4-3. But Smith also accidentally tipped Edler’s point shot past his own goalie as the second period was winding down.

Chicago had won five straight playoff games in Vancouver while knocking out the Canucks the last two seasons. The Blackhawks also lost the first game both times before bouncing back to win Game 2 and the series. A couple of times it looked as if it might be happening again.

Stalberg pulled Chicago within a goal 1:56 into the third, and Crawford kept it close with a couple of great saves on Ryan Kesler. But Sedin, the NHL lead with 104 regular-season points, scored on a 3-on-2 rush. He cut into the middle, looked off the defense and snapped a low shot past Crawford’s glove.

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