Blackhawks snap four-game losing streak with 5-2 win over Canucks
BY SETH GRUEN Staff Reporter January 30, 2014 12:22AM
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Jason Garrison (5) looks on as Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) celebrates his goal past Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo (1) during the second period of NHL action in Vancouver, British Columbia Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)
Updated: January 30, 2014 12:52AM
VANCOUVER — An early Canucks first-period goal made it seem like Wednesday night’s game in Vancouver could end up being a case of déjà vu for the Blackhawks.
But instead it awoke a talented Hawks offense that was the aggressor in a 5-2 win over the Canucks. With the win, the Hawks snap a four-game losing streak and coach Joel Quenneville stands alone at third on the all-time wins list with 693.
The Hawks rallied from down 2-0, scoring four-straight goals and drastically changing the dynamic of the game heading into the second intermission.
“I’m fortunate, very happy with the way things have gone and the places I’ve been and we’ve had a real nice team and put us in a real good spot here,” Quenneville said of the career milestone. “Took a little while to get this last one but certainly it’s been fun and we’ll keep pushing forward.
“Things went very smoothly for us for the first part of the season and going through what we’re going on right now is something that you find out about everyone.”
Vancouver’s Chris Higgins scored the game’s first goal 16 seconds into the first period and Tom Sestito gave the Canucks a two-goal lead at 2:44 in the second period.
That started a run in which the Hawks scored three goals in a span of 4:17.
Marian Hossa scored a power play goal on a wrist shot at 6:30, courtesy of a goaltender interference penalty by Canucks wing David Booth. Brandon Saad scored on a deflection at 9:39 and Jonathan Toews scored on a tip-in at 10:47, giving the Hawks the lead for good.
Patrick Sharp scored the Hawks’ fourth goal of the period at 14:11. Sharp got an assist on Toews’ goal. Sharp, Hossa and Saad all had two points.
Sharp assisted on the Toews goal and Saad scored an empty-netter at 19:22. Hossa assisted on Saad’s second goal.
From there it was academic for a Hawks team that is 24-1-3 when leading after two periods. Hawks goalie Corey Crawford stopped 29 of 31 Canucks shots Wednesday night and was excellent in a third period the Hawks held Vancouver scoreless.
The Hawks were assertively offensive almost immediately after Higgins’ goal. The Hawks threw 40 total shots at Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo.
“To get scored on on the first shift is never a good feeling,” Toews said. “I knew we were going to have a good effort tonight. That wasn’t going to be the difference.
“The biggest thing we’ve had trouble with lately is not having those moments where we’re playing well.”