How it happened: Finally, Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo had his day against the Blackhawks, who were shut out for the first time this season. After so many recent drubbings, Luongo played a stellar game, stopping 32 shots en route to the victory. It was a scoreless contest until midway through, when a John Scott turnover led to the Canucks’ first goal, a Tanner Glass tap-in near the crease. In the third period, with Tomas Kopecky in the penalty box, Christian Ehrhoff put one in from the point. Henrik Sedin capped the scoring for Vancouver. But the story of the game was Luongo. He repeatedly thwarted the Hawks, particularly Kopecky, who took six shots and had some of the best scoring chances. Patrick Kane had a great opportunity to tie the game in the second period, but Luongo made a big save on him as well. Patrick Sharp couldn’t convert on a 2-on-0 chance and the Hawks power play went 0-for-4.
What it means: Vancouver broke through for their first win against the Hawks this season, and they did it with good goaltending and an opportunistic offense. They only had 18 shots on net for the game. Marty Turco played well enough to win, but couldn’t match Luongo save-for-save. The Hawks’ three-game winning streak came to an end.
What’s next: The Hawks have a practice day on Saturday before hosting the Calgary Flames on Sunday. The Flames won, 7-2, the last time the teams met, in one of the worst performances of the season for Chicago.