Saturday, January 23, 2010

HIGHLIGHTS - Canucks 5, Blackhawks 1 - January 23rd, 2010

Once again the Sedin twins and Alexandre Burrows powered the Vancouver Canucks. With a combined 9 points on the evening, the Canucks showed intensity and provided an inspired effort in a 5-1 win over the Western Conference powerhouse Chicago Blackhawks.

Playing their third game in four nights and without three of their top defensemen (Kevin Bieksa, Sami Salo, and Willie Mitchell), the make-shift blue line comprised with the likes of Aaron Rome, Brad Lukowich, and Nolan Baumgartner managed to give Roberto Luongo enough help to hold Chicago to one goal.

Some great story lines in this one. Shane O'Brien played nearly 23 minutes tonight, and the Canucks managed to score five times despite receiving only one powerplay. On the other hand, the Hawks had a strong outing from D Duncan Keith who played 30 minutes and had 8 shots on goal, but squandered it with average goaltending and a lack of grade A scoring opportunities, despite their gawdy shot total.

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