ONE: Roberto Luongo, Canucks.
Stupendous again with 28 saves in regulation and overtime and a perfect 4-for-4 in shootout.
TWO: Corey Crawford, Blackhawks.
Did his part to keep goaltender duel interesting. Wound up with 21 saves.
THREE: Patrick Kane, Blackhawks.
Outstanding sharp-angle shot to tie game. Dangled all night long.
After surrendering the tying goal to Patrick Kane midway through the third period, the Canucks’ power play had three chances, including a 5-on-3 for 40 seconds, and barely threatened. The sour play enabled the Blackhawks to escape Rogers Arena with a loser point when they should have no points Friday night.
BY THE NUMBERS
Henrik Sedin appeared in his 900th regular-season game for the Canucks, second all-time behind Trevor Linden’s 1,140. Stan Smyl stands third at 896 ... The Canucks scored the game’s opening goal for the sixth time in eight outings ... The teams combined for four hits in the first period, three of them by the Canucks. The Hawks had just two hits in the second period and wound up with six in the 65-minute game ... The Blackhawks’ penalty-kill unit has allowed just one opposition power-play goal all season and is now 30-for-31 after blanking the Canucks on four chances.
SAVE OF THE GAME
Roberto Luongo was flashing his left hand throughout the game but we liked his stop on Patrick Sharp in the shootout, when a goal there would have ended in a 2-1 Chicago victory.
DID YOU NOTICE?
After the Canucks iced the puck three times by the 1:05 mark of the first period, the crowd decided a round of applause was in order when Daniel Sedin finally managed to get over the red-line and dump the puck in the Blackhawk zone so he and brother Hank could get off the ice.
IN THE CIRCLE
The Blackhawks owned the dot and finished the night 30-for-50. In addition to Jonathan Toews’ 12-for-17 performance, Marcus Kruger went 7-for-9. The Canucks’ Manny Malhotra had a tough night, going 1-for-7, while Max Lapierre was superb at 8-for-10.
IN THE PRESS BOX
The Blackhawks scratched veteran right-winger Jamal Mayers and injured defenceman Michal Rozsival (knee). Also out for Chicago were superpest Dan Carcillo (knee) and defenceman Steve Montador (concussion). The Canucks made no lineup changes with Andrew Ebbett, Andrew Alberts and Cam Barker all watching again.
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