Sedins power Canucks past Blackhawks


Sedins power Canucks past Blackhawks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The Vancouver Canucks’ roster has changed a lot in the past few years. Gone are many of the players who gave the Blackhawks fits when the rivalry was more heated between these two.

Daniel and Henrik Sedin remain, however, and they reminded the Blackhawks on Saturday night that they’re still big threats on the ice.

Patrick Kane’s career-high point streak is now at 16 games, but the Sedins combined for four goals and five assists, including Daniel’s hat trick, as the Canucks beat the Blackhawks 6-3 on Saturday. The Blackhawks head into a mini break in this trip with one point in their last two games, although they liked their team game much more on Saturday.

Corey Crawford had a forgettable evening, allowing five goals on 18 shots. The Sedins were everywhere on Saturday, with Daniel scoring two of his three goals in the final five minutes of regulation.

“We gave up half the chances we did in the last two games but the wrong guys got the chances tonight,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “[The Sedins] have always been pretty effective, dangerous. Tonight was one of those nights they had a magic touch. They were good.”

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Ryan Garbutt scored his first goal with the Blackhawks and Jonathan Toews added his seventh of the year. Artem Anisimov scored his ninth goal of the season, which tied the game 3-3 at the time. Quenneville was fine with the Blackhawks’ game to that point but as far as those final five minutes, “throw it in the garbage can.”

“I thought we played pretty well for most of the game. You get yourself back 3-3 and then a couple of shifts later you’re down 4-3 and then 5-3 real quick,” said Kane, whose secondary assist on Anisimov’s goal extended his point streak. “It’s frustrating but those guys made some good plays tonight.”

The Blackhawks will get away from hockey for a few days. They’ve had their good outings, their bad outings, the games where they got points despite playing so-so hockey and the games where they came up empty despite playing better. One thing they haven’t had is consistency, and it’s something they hope to find starting in California.

“It’s definitely frustrating, especially tonight when you get yourself back in the game, you’re playing well on the road, it’s 3-3 and then you give up two quick ones and you’re out of the game. That’s what’s frustrating,” Kane said. “Even though we got points in our last two games, I thought tonight was a better effort.”


Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

After being on the receiving end of some racist taunts while he was in the penalty box during Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly spoke publicly about the incident.

Smith-Pelly, a 25-year-old Canadian, reacted to the fans while he was in the box, going up to them from the other side of the glass. He addressed questions from the media about the incident on Sunday.

"I just heard some chanting, some, I guess, racially charged chanting," Smith-Pelly said. "You can tell by my reaction that I got pretty upset.

"What was said this time around crossed the line."

The Capitals released a statement about the incident:

"The Washington Capitals are extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior extended toward Devante Smith-Pelly by a select group of fans during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. The Capitals organization strives to be inclusive and has zero tolerance concerning any form of racism. Such behavior is unacceptable and has no place in hockey or society. As such, it is crucial to confront such appalling conduct, and the Capitals extend their appreciation to the Blackhawks organization and United Center security for swiftly removing the fans from the game."

The Blackhawks released a statement after the game with a similar tone.

Smith-Pelly said this has happened previously in his career.

"It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing over and over," Smith-Pelly said. "It's sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You'd think there'd be some sort of change or progression, but we're still working towards it I guess and we're going to keep working towards it."

The Capitals released the full interview.

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals


Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident: