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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Hawks 4, Canucks 3 (SO)

By Scott Powers



CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-3 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks at the United Center on Tuesday.

How it happened: The Blackhawks scored two shootout goals to the Canucks' one in pulling out the win. The Canucks rallied from a 3-1 deficit with two goals in the final three minutes of the third period. Alexander Edler scored on a power play at 17:18, and Kevin Bieksa evened the game with a goal with 1:01 remaining while the Canucks had pulled their goaltender. The Blackhawks went ahead 3-1 with three goals in the second period. Marian Hossa scored twice in the period, and Patrick Sharp scored another goal. Hossa left the game in the third period after taking a forearm to the head from Jannik Hansen. Daniel Sedin scored for the Canucks in the first period. Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery made 28 saves and stopped two out of three shootout shots to improve to 6-0-0 on the season.

Player of the game: Hossa has scored in bunches this season. He has eight goals on the season, and he has had three multi-goal games. He had scored once in the past 11 games.

What it means: The Blackhawks matched the NHL record for consecutive games with a point to start a season as they extended their points streak to 16 games. They are now tied with the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks, who started their season 12-0-4. The Blackhawks improved to 13-0-3 and have an NHL-best 29 points.

What's next: The Blackhawks continue their seven-game homestand with the San Jose Sharks on Friday. The Blackhawks have already defeated the Sharks twice this season and have three games remaining on the homestand.