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Canucks rally and capture a 3-2 shootout win

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Give Vancouver credit as they came into town after losing by three goals in Dallas on Thursday night and they didn't stop skating after falling behind by two goals. The Blackhawks came out and ran a first period clinic and were in complete control, but the Canucks did not quit and deserved a 3-2 shootout victory.

A problem for the home team was they only had a one goal lead after a dominant opening twenty minutes. That issue was taken care of as Patrick Kane scored 4:47 into the second frame but by that time the Canucks were fully engaged. Vancouver took only three shots in the first period but recorded five shots in the opening 60 seconds of period two. Whatever Canucks bench boss John Tortorella said in between periods it hit home as his team had the better of play going forward.

If the Blackhawks could play every period as they did to start on Friday night they would be in line for another Stanley Cup. To be able to perform that well throughout an entire game the Hawks best players would have to be the best players on the ice.

Last night the opposite happened as Vancouver began winning the little battles and the Hawks couldn't connect on the power play. Daniel Sedin was credited with seven shots which was one more than the combined total for Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Kane.

Friday night's contest featured two rookie goaltenders in Eddie Lack and Antti Raanta. Lack was good but the Hawks placed too many shots square into his chest. After the opening period Raanta was more severely tested and he played very well. Raanta couldn't be faulted on either goal and is becoming a fan favorite. He has a more colorful style than Corey Crawford and is very athletic.

It was not as if the Blackhawks played poorly, but they did squander a two goal lead on home ice. The Canucks have the best penalty killing unit in the league and they shut down the Chicago power play on their four attempts.

The Blackhawks took four poor penalties; interference, cross checking, too many men on the ice and a delay of game infraction. The penalty killers did their job but taking unnecessary penalties disrupts line rotation and takes some of the more offensive players off the ice.

Raanta has now lost two shootouts, but last night did his job and stopped six of eight shooters. Lack who had never been in a NHL shootout before was one save better than Raanta.

The Canucks are a poor shootout team and the Blackhawks aren't great this season. Kane is zero for eight in shootout attempts and until he starts connecting the Hawks will probably fail about as often as they succeed .

The ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr and the New Jersey Devils will be in town for a Monday night matchup. With a determined effort the Hawks have a good chance of starting another winning streak. Although the Devils are in a battle for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and every point is important to them.

Al's' Shots

Toews had a subpar performance and it could be that his finger is bothering him. His passing wasn't great and he had a poor shootout attempt. A hurt pinky finger doesn't seem like much but a hockey player's hands are important.

The fourth line was one of the better lines throughout the game which isn't necessarily a recipe for success. But it is good sign Joel Quenneville can rely on them and in particular Ben Smith had a nice game.

Kris Versteeg scored on a deflection and now has five goals and seven assists as a Blackhawk. Versteeg led all Chicago shooters with five shots on goal.

Brent Seabrook and Bryan Bickell each recorded five hits. That is a good sign that Bickell is getting his game in order.

Raanta is now 7-1-2 this season.

With a goal and an assist Kane extended his scoring streak to 11 games. Kane is the only player to record two scoring streaks of over 10 games.

I will be back on Tuesday morning and you can follow me on Twitter @AlCimaglia.

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