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Luongo exorcises demons, shuts out Blackhawks

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Luongo exorcises demons, shuts out Blackhawks

Friday, Dec. 3, 2010
Updated 11:07 PM

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

Tomas Kopecky looked to the sky with a look of angst.

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo was sprawled on the ice when the Chicago Blackhawks winger fired what he hoped was a sure shot.

But it didnt go in. And for the Blackhawks on Friday, none of them would.

Luongo stopped all 32 shots he faced and Henrik Sedin scored as the Canucks beat the Blackhawks 3-0 at the United Center. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Blackhawks, who were also shut out for the first time this season.

The Blackhawks had some choice opportunities throughout this one. Kopecky, who had six shots on net, was stopped on several close calls, including a third-period attempt that wouldve tied the game 1-1 at the time.

Im really frustrated right now, especially with myself, he said. I missed that empty net and it would be a totally different game (if I scored). Then I took a penalty and they scored, and it changed the game. Weve got to bounce back, and I know we will. We have a good team, we just need to stay out of the box and bury our chances.

Luongo didnt make things easy for the Blackhawks. After being yanked midway through the teams Nov. 20 matchup in Vancouver, Luongo was big and unbeatable on Friday.

He flashed the leather a few times and made it look pretty. Obviously if the other teams going to win, theyre going to need him to make big stops and he did that tonight, Jonathan Toews said. Weve proven in the past its nothing we cant deal with. Hes one player and we just have to make it harder on him. When weve had success against this team, thats what weve done well. Obviously we didnt do that well tonight.

Vancouver, meanwhile, made the most of their few chances. Tanner Glass knocked home a rebound Marty Turco couldnt corral to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead midway through the second. Christian Ehrhoff scored just seconds into a Vancouver power play and Henrik Sedin added another late in the third.

Coach Joel Quenneville said the Blackhawks missed golden opportunities on their end.

Give (Luongo) credit, he played well. We had some high-quality chances in that game, he said. I liked our preparation and our approach; 5-on-5 was pretty tight both ways, but we did miss some high-quality opportunities.

Turco, getting his first start since Nov. 23 in San Jose, allowed three on 18 shots. Quenneville said Turco was fine.

Turco said when youre in a goalie battle like I was, you have to hold up your end of the bargain. Its disappointing losing anytime. But when you have a week off and a chance to put in some hard work, its even more disappointing.

Briefly

The Blackhawks observed a moment of silence in honor of Chicago Cubs legend Ron Santo, who died Thursday night of complications from bladder cancer. He was 70 years old.

Jonathan Toews played in his 250th career game on Friday.

Fernando Pisani was out on Friday (upper body). He is still listed as day to day.

Jordan Hendry was a healthy scratch on Friday.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Ottawa Senators tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Trade chips.

The Blackhawks have reached the point in their season where they have no choice but to become sellers before the Feb. 26 deadline, and we saw that when they traded Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals on Monday for a conditional third-round pick in 2018. Tommy Wingels could also be an attractive piece for a team looking to fill out their depth.

The Senators will definitely be sellers, and wow do they have some names potentially on the market that can fetch large returns: Derrick Brassard and Mike Hoffman are two players who log top-six minutes on a nightly basis and also have term left on their contract, which is great for teams looking to load up for this year and beyond.

The biggest name to watch, probably in the league altogether, is Erik Karlsson, who could be on the move if a team offers a big enough package for the Senators to pull the trigger now as opposed to in the offseason if they feel him re-signing is a long shot. He was the best defenseman last season, and if a team steps up to get him, they're getting two possible postseason runs out of him.

2. Artem Anisimov's experiment at left wing not working.

Joel Quenneville has tried rekindling the magic between Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane as of late, only this time Anisimov is playing the wing and it just hasn't been very effective. The trio was on the ice for each of the two 5-on-5 goals the Kings scored on Monday, and Anisimov completely lost his man on the first one.

It's important to establish a consistent left winger for Schmaltz and Kane, and maybe putting Alex DeBrincat up there is something you consider going forward as part of a long-term solution. Move Anisimov back down as the third-line center to play in more of a defensive role and continue using his big body on power plays for his offensive abilities might be the best bet.

3. Win the special teams battle.

In their last meeting against Ottawa on Jan. 9, the Blackhawks went 4-for-6 on the power play and 4-on-4 on the penalty kill in an 8-2 win. And those are two areas to look out for again.

The Senators own the 28th-ranked power play with a 16.1 percent success rate and 29th-ranked penalty kill with a 74.5 percent success rate. Get ready for another offensive outburst?

Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

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Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish and Pat Boyle discuss which Blackhawks could be on the trading block and what players are building blocks for the Hawks future.

Burish also shares a couple memorable trade deadline days and his “near” return to the Blackhawks in 2012. Plus, he makes his bold trade deadline prediction for the Hawks.

Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here: