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BIG MOMENTS - May 11, 2009: VAN @ CHI

Monday, 05.11.2009 / 10:21 PM / Conference Semifinals: Vancouver vs. Chicago

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Vancouver at Chicago - Game 6

A) Luongo's early save - With the game scoreless and both teams going after the all-important first goal, Brent Seabrook dug the puck out of the corner in the Chicago zone and zipped a pass down the ice to Martin Havlat, who soon found himself streaking into the Vancouver zone on a breakaway with 14:37 to go in the opening period.

Havlat deked and went to his backhand against Roberto Luongo, but the Canucks netminder moved to his left and made a high glove save to rob Havlat, keeping the Hawks off the board early. 


B) Kane's first goal - After the Canucks had taken an early lead, Patrick Kane started off his big night by getting Chicago on the board just two minutes later. With both teams scrambling for the puck along the boards in the Chicago zone, Jonathan Toews eventually got it out of the zone on a pass to Kane on the right side.

Kane carried the puck up the boards before making a slick move to squeeze past Mattias Ohlund at the Vancouver blue line. He then moved in unchecked before firing a wrist shot from just below the dot of the right faceoff circle, beating Roberto Luongo to tie the game midway through the first period.


C) Luongo robs Keith - With the Hawks having taken a 2-1 lead moments earlier, Chicago was once again putting on the pressure. With the Blackhawks cycling, Duncan Keith took the puck at the blue line and passed it into the corner to Martin Havlat. As Havlat moved back toward the left point, Keith managed to slip into the slot and make a move to the net.

Havlat passed the puck back to Keith through four Vancouver defenders, leaving him one-on-one with Roberto Luongo. As Keith took the puck to the left post, Luongo put out his right pad to make the save, keeping the deficit at one goal early in the second period.


D) O'Brien ties it - After the Hawks jumped out to a seemingly insurmountable two-goal lead, Vancouver quickly mounted a rally. After Daniel Sedin pulled the Canucks within one, they brought the puck back into the Chicago zone. Vancouver passed the puck around the offensive zone before it wound up on the stick of Shane O'Brien at the blue line.

O'Brien skated in toward the net and let a shot fly from the top of the left faceoff circle. The puck got through two screens and past Nikolai Khabibulin, tying the game for the Canucks and erasing a two-goal deficit. 



E) Lightning strikes thrice - After the teams traded goals early in the third, Daniel Sedin gave Vancouver a 5-4 lead with a wrister from the left circle on the power-play at 12:15 of the final period, silencing the United Center. But only 45 seconds later, Patrick Kane would tie the game by sliding the puck past Roberto Luongo on a wraparound, reigniting the crowd.

Not to be outdone, Jonathan Toews made his own noise just 49 seconds after that, firing a shot from the right side of the Vancouver net that deflected in off Alex Edler, giving the Hawks a 6-5 lead 94 seconds after they had fallen behind for a second time in the final 20 minutes.


FINAL SCORE: Blackhawks 7, Canucks 5




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