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The Goods: Bumped by Blackhawks

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks

You want to know what happened in the Canucks game and you want to know now. We get it. Here’s the bare bones recap of Vancouver’s 6-3 loss to Chicago.

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…Kris Versteeg coasted down the left wing before cutting in on Christian Ehrhoff to the middle of the ice and roofing a puck past Roberto Luongo high glove side. The goal put the Blackhawks up 4-1 and counted as the game-winner in a 6-3 Chicago win.

A frantic start to this game had five players in the penalty box just 37 seconds in and following the kerfuffles, momentum was on the side of the Hawks, who opened the scoring and were up 3-0 before Ryan Kesler put the Canucks on the board.

Five first period goals and this game was over for Roberto Luongo, he stopped nine shots. The change to Andrew Raycroft sparked an Alex Burrows goal early in the second, but Chicago responded to keep the game out of reach at 6-2.

Despite Mikael Samuelsson adding a goal late in third, the Blackhawks got the last laugh as they evened the season series with the Canucks at 2-2.

Alex Burrows did the impossible against Chicago.

Yes he scored, but it’s his plus-1 rating that should be held in high regard. Burrows was one of only two Canucks to finish with a plus rating, compared to 11 who were behind the eight ball.

Burrows’ goal, scored left post and in with major credit owing to Daniel Sedin for his diving play to set up the score, was his the 28th of his career surpassing the mark of 27 he set last season.

Burrows is one of four Canucks riding a point-streak of at least three games. The lively forward has three goals and one assist over that stretch.

Not even the energizer bunny can keep up to Ryan Kesler these days.

The longest point streak of Kesler’s career coming into this season was five games, which he hit three times, but he’s currently re-writing his record book with points in nine straight.

Kesler’s first period wrist shot under the glove of Cristobal Huet gave him five goals and four assists in nine games, the longest current Canucks streak.

For someone who apparently doesn’t perform on the road, Kesler has nine goals and 14 helpers in 33 games away from GM Place.

Vancouver took six minors and one fighting major before the 10 minute mark of the first period.

Re-read that if you must.

It’s still true.

A rough start had the Canucks down a man plenty in the opening 20 minutes and Duncan Keith made them pay to put the Blackhawks up 2-0.

It’s tough to play on as usual after getting comfortable in the sin bin and Vancouver’s fragile end the first reflected that.

The Canucks are now 6-5-0 on their 14-game trip with a stop in Nashville next on the map.

Sunday’s matinee, with a 12 p.m. (PST) start time, gives Vancouver a chance to jump back above .500 on the road for just the second time this season.

The Predators have gotten the best of the Canucks twice in three chances this season.

NUMB3RS

1 – Point for Andrew Alberts, his first with the Canucks.

2
– Canucks who finished with a plus rating, 11 were minuses.

7 – Hits for Andrew Alberts, a team-high.

9
– Game point streak for Ryan Kesler, he scored against Chicago.

29 – Goals for Alex Burrows, setting a new career-high.

OFFENCE

The Canucks had scoring chances, plenty of them, but Huet, his posts and some missed opportunities prevented further goals for Vancouver.

Ryan Kesler continued his dominating play, while Alex Burrows remained consistent, despite a lack of Sedin support.

Vancouver was outshot by Chicago 24-23.

DEFENCE

Roberto Luongo, the last line of defence, allowed a few soft goals to his standards and that had the Canucks behind early. In his defence, he didn't get much defence.

SPECIAL TEAMS

The only upside to taking so many penalties was that the Canucks successfully killed off six of seven. Vancouver went 0-for-4 on its man advantages.

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