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Blackhawks Crush Canucks

Vancouver,  BC (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Brandon 
Saad  each  registered a goal and  an assist during Chicago's four-goal flurry 
midway  through the second period that boosted the Blackhawks to a 5-2 victory 
over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday at Rogers Arena. 

Chicago  trailed  2-0 early in  the second, but  Marian Hossa, Saad, Toews and 
Sharp  each  scored in  a 7:41  span to  help the Blackhawks snap a four-game 

Saad  added  an empty-netter  late in  the third and  Corey Crawford posted 28 
saves in the triumph. 

Chris  Higgins and  Tom Sestito each scored once, while Roberto Luongo allowed 
four  goals on  39 shots for Vancouver,  which has lost three of its last four 

Sestito's  one-timer from the  slot staked Vancouver to a 2-0 lead at the 2:44 
mark  of the  second period, but the Blackhawks responded with five unanswered 
goals to run away with the contest. 

Hossa  started the outburst  with Chicago on the power play at 6:30, ripping a 
wrister  past  Luongo from the low  right side following some nice tic-tac-toe 
passing from the visitors. 

Saad  tied the game  just over three minutes later when he deflected a Sheldon 
Brookbank point blast past Luongo to make it 2-2 at 9:39. 

"It was disappointing losing the lead so quickly," Luongo said. 

Chicago  jumped  in front just  over a minute later,  as Toews pounded a loose 
puck over Luongo's pad from in front for a 3-2 lead at 10:47. 

Sharp capped Chicago's four-goal frame with 5:49 on the clock when he rifled a 
wrister from atop the left circle that beat Luongo glove-side to make it 4-2. 

"We're  never  out of the game,"  Crawford said. "We always have confidence in 
our guys to score goals." 

Crawford  registered  10 saves over the  final 20 minutes, while Saad's empty- 
netter at 19:22 accounted for the final margin. 

Higgins got the Canucks on the board just 16 seconds into the game, sneaking a 
backhander  through  Crawford's five-hole  from the slot  to give Vancouver an 
early edge. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Canucks have been  held to a pair of goals or fewer in nine of their last 
10  games ... Vancouver played a fourth consecutive game without center Henrik 
Sedin,  who  is out with  a rib  injury ... Chicago  went 2-for-3 on the power 
play, while Vancouver went 0-for-3 ... Sharp scored his 27th of the season. 

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