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Skill beats kill: Canucks pass it around, make Hawks look bad

Updated: December 8, 2011 8:18AM

The Blackhawks’ penalty kill had good things going — the key word being “had.”

On Sunday, the Vancouver Canucks waltzed around what had been stellar penalty-killing units and put in five power-play goals in a 6-2 drubbing of the Hawks.

It was a complete about-face for the Hawks. In their first 13 games, they allowed only four power-play goals and even had three short-handed goals.

“It just seemed like — and we haven’t seen that from a team — they held on to it for almost two minutes, and I felt like they kept getting goals right at the end of it,” goalie Corey Crawford said. “They were able to pass it around pretty good. That was the difference tonight.”

To make matters worse, the Hawks continued to flounder on the power play, going 0-for-5. The Hawks have only five power-play goals.

“Special teams are a huge part of the winning team, and it was again tonight,” Patrick Sharp said.

Max’ed out

The expected showdown between Canucks pest Maxim Lapierre and Daniel Carcillo never developed. Before the game, Lapierre basically shrugged off Carcillo’s comments from the summer about him being on the top of his list.

“Everybody plays their role,” said Lapierre, who was called for an unsportsmanlike penalty after scuffling with Bryan Bickell in the second period. “It’s not the first time we’ve heard that. It’s kind of clichéd a little bit. I kind of have a thing with pretty much everybody who is not on my team.”

Carcillo fought winger Aaron Volpatti and later wrestled with defenseman Aaron Rome from his back. Carcillo accrued 21 penalty minutes for high-sticking, fighting, roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct and a 10-minute misconduct.

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