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Canucks in command against Blackhawks

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CHICAGO (AP) - The Vancouver Canucks are dishing out the hits, knocking the Chicago Blackhawks into the boards, off the puck and maybe out of the playoffs.

A ferociously physical defense backed by goalie Roberto Luongo has helped Vancouver build a 2-0 lead in the opening-round series. Now the series shifts to the United Center.

Can the Blackhawks get untracked on home ice beginning Sunday night in Game 3?

They're going to need more input from their big scoring stars like Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa or the defending Stanley Cup champs could be making vacation plans real soon. Those four have totaled one assist - by Kane - in the first two games.

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