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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
First-period wrap: Canucks 1, Hawks 0

By Jesse Rogers

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks trail the Vancouver Canucks 1-0 after the first period at the United Center.

Vancouver scored 27 seconds into the game when Jannik Hansen beat Johnny Oduya to a shooting area then went top shelf on Corey Crawford who gave up too much of the net on the play.

The first period of this rivalry was heated featuring big hits and some dirty plays. After Alex Edler checked Andew Shaw hard into the boards, Duncan Keith responded with an elbow to the head of Daniel Sedin. Keith was only given a two-minute minor penalty but could face a supplemental hearing for the blow.

The Hawks killed off that power-play attempt and two more after Brandon Bollig took an after the whistle penalty and Viktor Stalberg was called for tripping.

Despite the power-play advantages, the Hawks outshot Vancouver 12 to 6. Roberto Luongo had a good showing in the opening 20 minutes.