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Blackhawks 4, Canucks 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Blackhawks 4, Canucks 2
Vancouver Canucks 2, Chicago Blackhawks 4

CHICAGO (AP) -The Chicago Blackhawks' power play came to life to give new coach Joel Quenneville his first victory with the team.

Patrick Sharp had two goals - one with a man advantage - and an assist to help the Blackhawks beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Sunday night.

The Blackhawks went 2-for-5 on the power play after entering the game 2-for-22.

Quenneville took over behind the bench on Thursday after Denis Savard was fired following a 1-2-1 start. On Saturday night in St. Louis in Quenneville's first game, the Blackhawks blew a 3-1 lead and lost 4-3 in a shootout.

"I liked the response," Quenneville said. "It was a real emotional loss for us (in St. Louis). There's a big picture that's very bright here.

"The skill level of our kids will get better and better. But as a coach, we're in a short-term business. We want to win hockey games."

Patrick Kane added a power-play goal and two assists, and Brent Seabrook also scored for Chicago.

Kane, the NHL's rookie of the year last season, was in tears following last Friday's practice when he was asked about Savard's dismissal. Kane has three goals and three assists in the last two games.

"I don't know how much (the coaching change) affected him," said captain Jonathan Toews, also a second-year player. "but I guess it motivated him. We're reaping the benefits right now."

Cristobal Huet made 28 saves for his first victory with Chicago.

Huet, who signed a four-year, $24.45 million free-agent contract on July 1, was strong in his third start with the Blackhawks. He's splitting the goaltending load with veteran Nikolai Khabibulin.

"The way it is now, every chance you have to play you have to take it and respond," Huet said. "Nik has been playing well. It's important for me to play well, too."

Pavol Demitra and Henrik Sedin scored for the Canucks and Roberto Luongo made 22 saves.

Demitra, along Vancouver's Sami Salo and Darcy Hordichuk were injured,

According to Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, Demitra has a "rib contusion," Salo a "tweaked groin," and Hordichuk a "tweaked knee."

Another team official said Hordichuk's injury was a mild MCL sprain.

Vancouver has allowed eight power-play goals against in 19 chances in the last four games. Meanwhile, the Canucks failed to convert any of their four power-play chances on Sunday and are 2-for-29 with the advantage.

"We have to find a way to play better," Vancouver defenseman Mattias Ohlund said. "Maybe there was a goal or two tonight where you can said maybe there was a bad bounce, but overall we've had a stretch a games where we haven't played good defensive hockey."

Demitra opened the scoring midway through the first period. He connected from just in front of the crease after taking a centering pass from Mason Raymond following a turnover by Chicago's Aaron Johnson behind the net.

Seabrook tied it just over a minute later on a shot from the top of the right circle that sailed over Luongo's glove. Kane set up the goal with a pass from behind the Vancouver net.

Sharp was credited with a power-play goal that gave Chicago a 2-1 lead with 4:29 left in the first. Sharp tried to center the puck to Kris Versteeg, but the hard pass deflected off Ohlund's stick and past Luongo.

Kane's power-play goal at 6:58 of the third made it 3-1. He stuffed in a rebound of Sharp's shot from the slot after Chicago's Dustin Byfuglien failed to convert an initial rebound.

Sharp made it 4-1 with 6:45 left in the third when his shot hit the post and then deflected in off Luongo.

Just under 2 minutes later, Sedin cut it to 4-2 when his shot deflected in off the stick of Chicago's Duncan Keith.

Notes: Vancouver D Kevin Bieksa returned after missing three game because of a knee injury. Canucks C Rick Rypien sat out because of an undisclosed injury. ... Chicago D Niklas Hjalmarsson missed his fifth game because of bruised ribs.

scoring summary
1st Period
09:32
VAN
Pavol Demitra (2) ASST: Mason Raymond (2), Ryan Kesler (3)
1 - 0 VAN
10:35
CHI
Brent Seabrook (1) ASST: Patrick Kane (3), Jonathan Toews (3)
1 - 1 Tie
15:31
CHI
PPG - Patrick Sharp (3) ASST: Duncan Keith (3), Kris Versteeg (4)
2 - 1 CHI
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
06:58
CHI
PPG - Patrick Kane (4) ASST: Dustin Byfuglien (2), Patrick Sharp (4)
3 - 1 CHI
13:15
CHI
Patrick Sharp (4) ASST: Patrick Kane (4), Kris Versteeg (5)
4 - 1 CHI
15:08
VAN
Henrik Sedin (2) ASST: Steve Bernier (2)
4 - 2 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
05:36
CHI
Adam Burish  Fighting (maj) against  Shane O'Brien
05:36
VAN
Shane O'Brien  Fighting (maj) against  Adam Burish
05:36
CHI
Ben Eager  Roughing against  Shane O'Brien
05:36
VAN
Mike Brown  Roughing against  Ben Eager
05:36
VAN
Shane O'Brien  Roughing against  Ben Eager
07:28
CHI
Dave Bolland  Slashing against  Alexander Edler
07:28
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Slashing against  Andrew Ladd
07:28
CHI
Andrew Ladd  Roughing against  Alexandre Burrows
13:28
CHI
Martin Havlat  Slashing against  Alexandre Burrows
13:55
VAN
Taylor Pyatt  Hooking against  Duncan Keith
2nd Period
02:46
VAN
Mike Brown  Fighting (maj) against  Ben Eager
02:46
CHI
Ben Eager  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Brown
04:02
CHI
Colin Fraser  Roughing against  Ryan Kesler
07:47
CHI
Martin Havlat  Hooking against  Mason Raymond
10:26
VAN
Willie Mitchell  Tripping against  Kris Versteeg
12:49
VAN
Alexander Edler  Hooking against  Dustin Byfuglien
3rd Period
02:28
CHI
Ben Eager  Interference against  Alexandre Burrows
06:18
VAN
Taylor Pyatt  Boarding against  Colin Fraser
15:47
CHI
Brent Seabrook  Roughing against  Steve Bernier
15:47
VAN
Steve Bernier  Roughing against  Brent Seabrook
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
SA: 26TOI: 58:10
Saves: 22EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .846SH: 0 - 0
Cristobal Huet
SA: 30TOI: 59:54
Saves: 28EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .933SH: 2 - 2