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Canucks coach: Hawks ran up score

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault wasn’t just upset with his team’s performance in a 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

He said the Hawks were trying to run up the score, although he also said it was their right.

“We basically embarrassed ourselves tonight in front of our fans, and they did everything they could tonight to rub it in our face. [Leading] 6-0 and they throw their No. 1 power-play unit when it's 5-on-3,” Vigneault said. “They have every right to do that. They did it. They were pushing it, and they did."

Vigneault was referring to the two-man advantage the Hawks had in the third period. At 6:58, Alexander Elder took a tripping penalty and at 8:24 Dan Hamhuis went to the penalty box for high-sticking.

Quenneville put out a modified power-play unit which included Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Viktor Stalberg, Duncan Keith and Nick Boynton. Stalberg and Boynton are not normally on that unit.

“It's tough to comment,” Quenneville said when informed of Vigneault’s remarks. “Don’t know. I was rolling four lines. Don’t know if it was an insult or not an insult. I was worrying about playing everybody.”