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Sedin twins power Canucks past Blackhawks

by Kevin Woodley /

VANCOUVER -- Coming off a long, disappointing road trip and facing the possibility of another blown lead in the third period, Daniel and Henrik Sedin turned things around quickly for the Vancouver Canucks.

Daniel scored the go-ahead goal with 5:25 left in the third period and added his third goal of the game 2:01 later to lead the Canucks to a 6-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday at Rogers Arena. Twin brother Henrik set up all three of Daniel's goals and finished with a goal and four assists for a career-best five-point night as the Canucks ended a four-game losing streak.

"That was an impressive performance," coach Willie Desjardins said of the Sedins. "When you really need your leadership is when you are going through a tough time. We needed a win and they stepped up."

Chicago's Artem Anisimov tied the game at 3-3 with 7:40 left in the third period, and it looked like the Canucks might lose after blowing a third-period lead for the sixth time this season. But Henrik Sedin fed his brother with a cross-ice pass off the rush, and Daniel Sedin beat Corey Crawford on the blocker side from the left faceoff dot to restore Vancouver's lead just 2:15 after surrendering it.

"That's huge, especially how our third periods have been," said Daniel, who reached the 900-point mark when he set up Henrik's first-period goal. "It was big to get that lead again."

Daniel completed his sixth career hat trick, but first since December 2011, on his next shift by redirecting another rush pass from Henrik out of the air and past Crawford.

"There's going to be nights when pucks are going in for you, and there's other nights you think you played well enough to score a few, but you walk away from the game and you're disappointed," Henrik said. "It's a fine line in this League."

The Canucks (8-7-6) have been on the wrong side of that line lately, but were looking to reset in their first game back home after a long 1-4-2 road trip. It's no surprise the Sedins led the way.

"It seems they find a way when we need it the most and we needed it," said Jannik Hansen, who also scored on a pass from Henrik. "A lot of adversity on the road and again we give up the lead with seven minutes left and they find a way to score."

Alexandre Burrows rounded out the scoring into an empty net and Ryan Miller made 26 saves for the Canucks, who came into the game just 5-1-4 when leading after two periods.

When Anisimov got a lucky bounce to finish a dominant shift led by linemate Patrick Kane, who extended his career-best point streak to 16 games with the second assist, it was a familiar feeling for the Canucks.

The Sedins made sure it didn't last long.

"When they tied it up I was just telling myself, 'We're not letting this one go, we just can't do this anymore,' and the response from the bench was great," Miller said. "We responded great after that. Well the twins responded great after that."

Jonathan Toews scored and set up Ryan Garbutt's first goal of the season for the Blackhawks (11-8-2), who were playing for a second straight night after a 2-1 overtime loss at the Calgary Flames on Friday. Crawford made 14 saves as Chicago reached the halfway point of its annual "Circus Trip," which concludes next week with three games in California.

"They had their way out there tonight," said Kane, who has 10 goals and 16 assists during his streak. "We played pretty well and controlled most of the game. You get yourself back 3-3 and a couple of shift later you're down 5-3. It's frustrating but those guys made some good plays."

Coach Joel Quenneville seemed pleased with his team's performance, saying it "was twice as good" as the first two games on the long road trip and they gave up "half the chances."

They just couldn't finish this one off.

"The last five minutes, throw it in the garbage can," Quenneville said.

Toews opened the scoring on the first shot, beating Miller from the bottom of the left circle with a perfect short-side wrist shot on a power play at 6:17. But the Chicago captain was in the penalty box for tripping when the Canucks tied it just over three minutes later.

With Niklas Hjalmarsson already in the box, Toews' penalty gave Vancouver a 5-on-3 for 70 seconds, and Henrik Sedin capitalized with two seconds left in the first penalty, beating a sprawling Crawford after corralling a hard cross-ice pass from Daniel. It was the 900th career point for Daniel, who joined Henrik (935 points) as the only Canucks players to reach that milestone.

"I wouldn't say it's surprising, but it's fun to watch," Miller said of the Sedins. "You almost kind of expect the plays to happen and sometimes you are amazed they can make a play but I don't know if I'm surprised. I am just kind of waiting for it to pan out."

It kept panning out against Chicago.

Henrik added an assist on Hansen's goal with 4:42 left in the first period that gave the Canucks the lead. Hansen, who went to the locker room earlier after getting hit in the head by a slap shot, parked atop the crease and chipped Henrik's pass from behind the net past Crawford's glove.

Garbutt tied it again with his first of the season 52 seconds later, and Chicago dominated early in the second period, outshooting the Canucks 7-1, before Garbutt took a penalty in the offensive zone.

Daniel Sedin put Vancouver back ahead 21 seconds later after Henrik tapped Duncan Keith's stick in the corner, causing him to whiff on a clearing attempt and then passed across to Daniel alone in the low slot for a one-touch shot through the legs of a sliding Crawford.

"Tonight was one of those nights where they had the magic touch," Quenneville said.

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