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.”