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GAME: Chicago Blackhawks (2-4-0) at Vancouver Canucks (4-1-1).

TIME: Tuesday, 10 p.m. EDT.

The Chicago Blackhawks look for their first win at GM Place in more than four years when they conclude a four-game road trip with a matchup against the Vancouver Canucks.

Chicago has dropped five straight in Vancouver since a 5-4 win on Oct. 4, 2001, and comes into this contest with three losses in its last four games, including two of three on this trip.

The Blackhawks trailed 2-0 in Saturday's game at San Jose before coming back to tie it at 2-2 on Matthew Barnaby's goal at 3:18 of the second period. The Sharks, however, regained their two-goal lead before holding on for a 4-3 win.

Matt Ellison scored his first NHL goal and Jason Morgan got the second of his career for the Blackhawks, who managed just six shots in the third period as they spent too much time chasing the Sharks instead of mounting their own attack.

"We have to check smarter when we're in the penalty-kill," Chicago coach Trent Yawney said. "I thought in the third period, we had the momentum, but we took a couple of penalties and then the momentum shifted, and the Sharks got it back."

Blackhawks goalie Craig Anderson stopped 40 shots in his first start of the season. Stanley Cup-winning goalie Nikolai Khabibulin started Chicago's first five games, going 2-3 with an unimpressive .866 save percentage.

Vancouver improved to 2-0 at home on Sunday with its third win in four games, 5-2 over the Dallas Stars.

The Canucks blew a two-goal lead but Lee Goren scored the tiebreaking goal on a deflection 3:47 into the third period. Todd Bertuzzi added a power-play goal - the 200th goal of his career - with 5:29 left to play, and Richard Park made it 5-2 with a long shot with 2:20 remaining.

"We started off with some big goals and kind of fell asleep for 5 minutes in the second period," defenseman Ed Jovanovski said. "But we addressed it in the third and we didn't deviate from what made us successful. Our game is north-south and getting pucks in and get shots going to the net."

STANDINGS (through Oct. 16): Blackhawks - 4 points, 3rd place, 6 PB, Central Division. Canucks - 9 points, 1st place, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Blackhawks - Pavel Vorobiev, 4 goals; Tyler Arnason and Brent Seabrook, 5 assists; Arnason, 7 points; Barnaby, 15 PIM. Canucks - Markus Naslund, 5 goals and 8 points; Jovanovski, 5 assists; Bertuzzi, 13 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 16): Blackhawks - Power play: 13.6 percent (6 for 44), 20th in NHL. Penalty killing: 80.0 percent (40 for 50), 22nd. Canucks - Power play: 15.5 percent (7 for 45), 15th. Penalty killing: 72.4 percent (21 for 29), 29th.

GOALTENDERS: Blackhawks - Khabibulin (2-3-0, 3.40 GAA); Anderson (0-1-0, 4.14). Canucks - Dan Cloutier (2-1-1, 3.44); Alex Auld (2-0-0, 2.00).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Canucks, 3-1.

LAST MEETING: March 19, 2004; Blackhawks, 4-3, OT. At Chicago, Arnason scored his third goal of the game 1:44 into overtime to give the Blackhawks the victory.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Blackhawks - 1-2-0 on the road; Canucks - 2-0-0 at home.


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