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GAME: Chicago Blackhawks (9-11-0) at Vancouver Canucks (13-6-2).

TIME: Tuesday, 10 p.m. EST.

Winners of three straight for the first time in nearly two years, the Chicago Blackhawks look to extend that success when they continue a five-game road trip against the Vancouver Canucks.

Rookie Rene Bourque had his first career multigoal game and Craig Anderson stopped 33 shots to lead Chicago to a 4-3 victory at Edmonton on Saturday.

It was the fifth win in six games for the Blackhawks, who have allowed two goals or fewer in four of their last six contests.

"It's been a while since the Blackhawks have strung together some wins," Chicago captain Adrian Aucoin said. "This road trip is a huge one for us."

Left wing Mark Bell has regained his scoring touch during the three-game streak, registering a goal in each game. Bell has six goals in the last five games after going scoreless in 14 straight and leads Chicago with seven goals.

No. 1 goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin and Anderson have combined for 89 saves on 95 shots during the three-game winning streak.

Vancouver, winners of three of its last four, is coming off a 3-2 road win over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Sunday.

Defenseman Sami Salo recorded his second goal of the game midway through the third period.

"I just threw the puck in there and it just seemed to go through," Salo said. "I think it could have gone either way at the end."

Salo has six goals and 17 points in 21 games, a pace that would put him well above the career-best nine goals and 30 points he had with Vancouver in 2002-03.

"You can't say enough about (Salo) for sure," Canucks center Trevor Linden said. "He's got a laser beam there and he gets it away so good and it creates so much havoc."

Captain Markus Naslund extended his points streak to six games with an assist against Anaheim. He has four goals and six assists in his streak.

The Canucks have won eight of nine home games this season, outscoring opponents 37-22.

Vancouver has won six straight at home against the Blackhawks and is 11-5-3 at GM Place against Chicago. The Blackhawks haven't won in Vancouver since Oct. 4, 2001.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 21): Blackhawks - 18 points, 3rd place, 14 PB, Central Division. Canucks - 28 points, 1st place (tied), Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Blackhawks - Bell, 7 goals; Kyle Calder, 10 assists; Pavel Vorobiev, 15 points; Matthew Barnaby, 49 PIM. Canucks - Naslund, 12 goals, 14 assists and 26 points; Wade Brookbank, 56 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 21): Blackhawks - Power play: 14.1 percent (18 for 127), 24th in NHL. Penalty killing: 80.3 percent (135 for 168), 22nd. Canucks - Power play: 17.3 percent (26 for 150), 19th. Penalty killing: 80.9 percent (106 for 131), 19th.

GOALTENDERS: Blackhawks - Khabibulin (7-10-0, 0 SO, 3.44 GAA); Anderson (2-1-0, 4.55). Canucks - Dan Cloutier (8-3-1, 3.17); Alex Auld (5-3-1, 2.49).

SEASON SERIES: Canucks, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Oct. 18; Canucks, 6-2. At Vancouver, B.C., Daniel Sedin, Mattias Ohlund, and Salo scored in 4:02 of the second period to lead the Canucks.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Blackhawks - 5-7-0 on the road; Canucks - 8-1-0 at home.


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