The Vancouver Canucks were looking at playing the role of spoilers tonight as they hosted long time rival Chicago Blackhawks at Rogers Place, and in doing so, ending their 7-game losing streak.
Chicago was looking to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if they earned at least one point against the Canucks.
Vancouver, who were knocked from playoff contention with a 4-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Friday, wanted to delay Chicago’s playoff clinching, having it happen against a different team.
Ryan Miller stopped 26 of 29 shots, and Vancouver got goals from Alex Burrows and Sven Baertschi; two assists from Emerson Etem, and an assist from Linden Vey, but just could not match the Blackhawks dominance in the game, and the Canucks would make it eight consecutive losses without a win, and Chicago would clinch a playoff berth, winning 3-2.
Chicago had the early momentum in the opening period, but Vancouver eventually got their legs and a couple of scoring chances on Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling.
With under nine minutes left in the period, Chicago was out shooting Vancouver 7 to 5, but the Canucks were 6 for 9 on face-offs and out hitting Chicago 7 to 2.
Chicago dominated the Canucks in their end late into the period, eventually opening the scoring at 17:42, when Tomas Fleischmann scored his 14th goal of the season on a wrist shot, assisted by Trevor van Riemsdyk (8) and Christian Ehrhoff (10), to make it 1-0 for the Blackhawks.
Chicago up 1-0 after one period.
In the first period:
- Canucks out were out shot by the Blackhawks 13-7 and won 10 of 19 face-offs.
- Canucks out hit Chicago 10 to 2.
- Canuck face-off leaders: Henrik Sedin-7 for 9; Bo Horvat-3 for 6.
- Jake Virtainen-3 hits; Daniel Sedin-2 shots.
- Canucks Time On Ice: Jannick Hansen-7:42; Nikita Tryamkin-7:29
- Teams Corsi For:
- Even Strength: Chicago-22; Vancouver-12
- All Strengths: Canucks-12; Blackhawks-22
- Top Canucks:
- All Situations: Jared McCann-0; Alex Biega -1; Brendan Gaunce -1; Matt Bartowski -1
- Even Strength: Jared McCann-0; Alex Biega -1; Brendan Gaunce -1; Matt Bartkowski -1
The Canucks needed to turn things around in the second period, generating more puck possession in the Chicago end and getting more shots on net, and push back for some goals, or it was going to be a long night.
Vancouver did not start the period on the right foot, as Chicago received the game’s first power play opportunity when Daniel Sedin would be penalized at 21 seconds for hooking.
Canucks killed the Sedin penalty making it 20 kills in their last 21 times shorthanded, while the Blackhawks made it 23 consecutive man-advantage opportunities without a power play goal.
Alex Burrows would pick a puck out of the air in front of the Chicago goal, and slap it past Blackhawk goalie Scott Darling, to tie the game up at 1-1, at 11:29.
Burrows, his 9th goal of the season, assisted by Linden Vey (11) and Emerson Etem (6), to end the Canucks latest scoring drought at 141 minutes and 50 seconds.
Teams tied 1-1 after two periods.
In the second period:
- Canucks were out shot by Chicago 9 to 6 and won 7 of 19 face-offs.
- Canucks out hit Blackhawks 5 to 1.
- Canucks penalty kill was 1 for 1.
- Canuck face-off leaders: Henrik Sedin-3 for 8; Bo Horvat-2 for 6.
- Nikita Tryamkin and Jared McCann-2 hits
- Canucks Time On Ice: Dan Hamhuis-7:46; Nikita Tryamkin-6:58;
- Teams Corsi For:
- Even Strength: Chicago-12; Vancouver-18
- All Strengths: Chicago-14; Canucks-18
- Top Canucks After Two Periods:
- All Situations: Jared McCann +3; Yannick Weber +3
- Even Strength: Dan Hamhuis +4; Jared McCann +3; Yannick Weber +3
In the 3rd period, Chicago pressed for the game leading goal, and were rewarded at 5:37 when Teuvo Teravainen, with his 13th goal of the season scored, assisted by Trevor van Riemsdyk (9) and Patrick Kane (55), to make it 2-1 Chicago.
Less than a minute and a half later, Vancouver would get a glorious opportunity to even up the score, when Jonathan Toews would get a double-minor for high sticking Alex Biega at 7:05.
Canucks would be unable to come up with the equalizer on either power play, and would continue to be fruitless with the man advantage, making it one power play goal in their last thirty opportunities, going back to March 7 against the Los Angeles Kings. Their only power play goal coming against the Nashville Predators on March 25.
With less than seven minutes left in the period, Canucks were out shooting Chicago 10 to 5, and making an effort to tie up the game, but the Blackhawks were all over Vancouver, until finally Sven Baertschi would solve Scott Darling and make it a 2-2 game.
Baertschi, his 15th goal of the season, and second goal in his last 12 games, assisted by Emerson Etem (7) at 14:18.
With 2:27 left in the game, Andrew Ladd would make it 3-2 Chicago, with his 23rd goal of the season, assisted by Jonathan Toews (26) and Niklas Hjalmarsson (21) at 17:33.
In the final minute, Vancouver would have six attackers on the ice to try and tie the game, and take it into overtime.
Time would run out though, and the Canucks would make it eight consecutive losses without a win, and Chicago would clinch a playoff berth.
In the third period:
- Canucks out shot Chicago 15 to 10 and but only won 7 of 20 face-offs.
- Canucks out hit Chicago 3 to 1.
- Vancouver power play was 0 for 2 in the period.
- Canucks Time On Ice: Daniel Sedin-8:24; Henrik Sedin-9:08; Ben Hutton-8:42
- Teams Corsi For:
- Even Strength: Vancouver-18; Chicago-14
- All Strengths: Chicago-17; Canucks-23
End Of The Game:
- Vancouver finished with 28 shots, Chicago 32 shots, and Canucks won 24 of 58 face-offs.
- Canucks had 18 hits to the Blackhawks 4 hits.
- Vancouver penalty kill was 1 for 1; power play was 0 for 2.
- Canucks Time On Ice: Henrik Sedin-20:31; Ben Hutton-22:51; Dan Hamhuis-21:04; Nikita Tryamkin-21:01
- Teams Corsi For:
- Even Strength: Blackhawks-48; Canucks-48
- All Strengths: Chicago-53; Vancouver-53
- Top Canucks in game:
- All Situations: Dan Hamhuis +6; Jared McCann +6; Alex Biega +4
- Even Strength: Dan Hamhuis +6; Alex Biega and Matt Bartkowski +5 each.