How it happened: The Canucks won the shootout 2-1 in eight rounds. Ryan Kesler scored in the eighth round of the shootout. The Blackhawks built a 2-0 lead in the second period behind goals by Kris Versteeg and Patrick Kane. Kane’s goal came at 4:57 of the second period. The Canucks pulled within a goal when Zack Kassian scored at 8:19 of the second period, and Daniel Sedin tied the game in the third period. Blackhawks rookie goaltender Antti Raanta made 22 saves, and Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack made 24 saves. Neither team scored a power-play goal. The Blackhawks killed off four penalties, and the Canucks killed off three.
What it means: The Blackhawks fell to 25-7-6, and the Canucks improved to 21-11-6. The Blackhawks defeated the Canucks 2-1 in Vancouver on Nov. 23. Kane extended his points streak to 11 games with an assist on Versteeg’s goal. Kane has recorded points in 23 of the past 24 games and is second in the league with 48 points. The Blackhawks went without a power-play goal for the first time in 11 games.
Player of the game: Kane has been playing at a different level over the past month. He’s had 37 points in the past 24 games and has had points streaks of 11 and 12 games.
Stat of the game: Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis played a game-high 29:15 of ice time, and Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith played a team-high 28:17.
What’s next: The Blackhawks host the New Jersey Devils on Monday before the NHL’s mandated three-day break from Dec. 24 to 26.