Blackhawks fans are crying foul, but they won't have any sympathy from Canucks fans. After a frustrating pair of playoff losses to Chicago, Vancouver fans were tired of seeing Roberto Luongo run over, interfered with, and spears, blindside hits, slashes and trips uncalled while Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews lit up the Canucks on the power play. Well turnabout is fair play as they say.
In a frustrating night for the Hawks, the Canucks pulled out a 4-3 win in a statement game for both teams. The Blackhawks came out strong but had a goal disallowed when it was ruled that Troy Brouwer interfered with Roberto Luongo's ability to stop the puck. The call on the ice was technically a crease violation, but on review you can see Brouwer's skate clipping Luongo's blocker right where the puck zoomed past moments later.
A few minutes after that, Christian Ehrhoff stepped into a Marty Turco rebound at the point and hammered a shot past the Chicago netminder. The goal stood without any question, but a closer look reveals that the puck actually left the zone for a split second and should have been ruled offside.
The Blackhawks tied the game at one and took a 2-1 lead early in the second period only to have the suddenly hot Mikael Samuelsson tie the game at two on the powerplay late in the second period.
The game featured some great hits and goals and changes in momentum. The largest momentum swing may have been the Dave Bolland goal that gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead in the third period. On the play, Canucks' Defenseman Chris Tanev grabbed the puck and accidentally deflected it into his own net.
The Canucks rallied however and clearly won the special teams battle on the night. After killing a Chicago 5-3 powerplay for 44 seconds, the Canucks converted on their second powerplay goal of the night, a beauty that tied the game at three. With four minutes left in the game, Daniel and Henrik Sedin had a nice give and go play that resulted in the fourth Vancouver goal - the game winner.
Roberto Luongo was phenomenal, stopping 42 of 45 shots, including 18 of 19 in the third period. His counterpart Marty Turco was solid but failed to make many big saves, especially when needed. Turco did make the highlights for his cheapshot on Canucks forward Ryan Kesler however.
Blackhawk may cry foul about the officiating, but it seemed pretty poor both ways, since the Turco jab went uncalled. The Canucks definitely had good luck with the referees on goals tonight, but the Blackhawks had the puck luck, with two goals bouncing off Blackhawks or Canucks into Vancouver's net.