Rapid Reaction: Canucks 3, Blackhawks 1
April, 22, 2013
By Jim Morris | Special to ESPNChicago.com
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Monday:
How it happened: The Blackhawks were the second-best team on the ice all night. Vancouver played a physical game, denying the Blackhawks time and space. Chicago had difficulty breaking out of its own end and didn't get many clear shots at Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider. Daniel Carcillo scored Chicago's lone goal on a backhand during a scramble late in the third period. The Blackhawks were outshot 32-25 and goaltender Corey Crawford kept them in the game early, making key stops off Derek Roy and Jason Garrison.
Player of the game: The Canucks' Daniel Sedin broke open the game with breakaway goal late in the second period, then took a slash from Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith. Sedin also assisted on Zack Kassian's goal and moves into second place on Vancouver's all-time scoring list behind brother Henrik.
What it means: The Blackhawks suffered just their sixth regulation loss of the season. It was the first time in 12 games the Blackhawks failed to gain at least a point. The Hawks remain in first in the Western Conference with a 34-6-5 record but their lead over Pittsburgh for first place overall has been reduced to three points. Dave Bolland left the game with a lower-body injury.
What's next: The Blackhawks travel to Edmonton where they will play the Oilers Wednesday. The Blackhawks defeated the Oilers 3-2 on Feb. 25 but lost 6-5 on March 10.