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Canucks pledge to crash crease like Blackhawks

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -The Chicago Blackhawks have taken over their second-round playoff series against Vancouver by winning the fight in front of both nets.

The Canucks are pledging to change that Friday night in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Led by a hat trick from 6-foot-4, 257-pound forward Dustin Byfuglien, Chicago scored four goals in a 5-2 win on Wednesday night by going hard to the net to bang in rebounds. The fifth goal came after goalie Roberto Luongo was pushed back into his net by Byfuglien before the puck went in.

Instead of complaining about Chicago's bumping, poking and prodding of Luongo, the Canucks will try to do the same to Blackhawks rookie Antti Niemi as they try to even the best-of-seven series.

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