All the Chicago Blackhawks needed to get back on track was a visit to Vancouver.
One night after getting smoked in a 7-2 loss at Calgary, the Hawks came to the Pacific Northwest and torched the Canucks 7-1 on Saturday night. It was Chicago's first visit to the building now called Rogers Arena since May, when they eliminated the Canucks in the second round of the Western Conference Semifinals with their third win in a row at the former GM Place.
"It was a good response after what happened in Calgary," said forward Patrick Sharp, whose goal capped a four-goal second period that blew the game open. "It's never easy to lose a game the way we did in Calgary."
It was the largest margin of victory for the Hawks in the 40 years they've been coming to Vancouver, and should make their trip to Las Vegas prior to Wednesday's game at San Jose a lot more pleasant -- especially after the blowout loss to the Flames.
"Embarrassed, disappointed, you can talk about a lot of things," coach Joel Quenneville said of the loss on Friday night. "This was exactly what we were hoping for."
For the Canucks, it was another nightmarish performance against the Hawks, who've bounced them from the playoffs in each of the last two springs.
"We're going to have to find a way to play better against that team," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "We were never able to find any rhythm at all."
After a scoreless first period in which the Canucks generated little on two early power plays, the roof fell in during the middle 20 minutes.
Jonathan Toews put the Hawks ahead to stay when he beat Roberto Luongo at 4:59 of the second period. Troy Brouwer fired a wrist shot past him at 7:25, Brent Seabrook added a power-play goal at 13:48, and Sharp's finished off Tomas Kopecky's pass at 15:35 to cap the four-goal burst and send Luongo to the bench. Marian Hossa assisted on three of the four goals.
Fernando Pisani scored twice in a 1:45 span early in the third and Patrick Kane wristed a shot behind Cory Schneider at 11:29 for his eighth of the season. In all, 13 of the Hawks' 18 skaters had a goal or an assist.
Mikael Samuelsson spoiled Corey Crawford's shutout with 6:33 left, banging in a power-play rebound -- the only one of Vancouver's 28 shots he didn't stop.
"We didn't play well," Vigneault said after the Canucks' first regulation loss at home (6-1-1) this season. "Basically we embarrassed ourselves in front of our fans."
The Canucks will get a chance to rebound Sunday night when Phoenix comes to town -- Vigneault said Luongo will be back in goal against the Coyotes.
"Roberto is going to get right back in there," he said.
The Hawks improved to 2-1-0 after the first leg of their "Circus Trip," which continues next week with three games in California after their break in Las Vegas.