|CHI||0||1||1||(0 - 0)||2|
|VAN||0||4||2||(0 - 0)||6|
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - The Vancouver Canucks have figured out their power play. The Chicago Blackhawks can't stay out of the penalty box.
It wasn't a good combination for Chicago on Tuesday night.
For the second straight game, the Canucks converted three of 10 chances with the man advantage, including two less than two minutes apart in the second period, en route to a 6-2 rout of the struggling Blackhawks.
``Unfortunately they had a lot of penalties and you give us that many opportunities we can put a game away,'' said Todd Bertuzzi, who had three assists.
Daniel Sedin, Mattias Ohlund and Sami Salo broke the game open with goals in a four-minute span early in the second period. Ohlund added his second goal later in the period, and Brendan Morrison and Markus Naslund scored in the third as the Canucks won their third straight game.
In addition to another strong game with the man advantage, the Canucks also got the best effort of the young season from its top line of Bertuzzi, Morrison and Naslund. Split up the last two games because of poor play, the trio was dominant at times, combining for two goals and five assists.
``We were maybe passing a little too much and not finishing the plays, but we're starting to move around and get the passes through and create stuff,'' said Naslund, who scored his sixth goal of the season with 30 seconds left.
``When you're labeled as an offensive team and you don't do it, it's a little frustrating, but you just have to stay with it,'' said Morrison, who scored his first goal of the season and added two assists - his first points in six games. ``It's one game, but it's a step in the right direction.''
Rookie Pavel Vorobiev netted his fifth goal and added an assist, and free agent acquisition Martin Lapointe scored his first goal for the Blackhawks, who have lost four of their last five games.
Chicago also lost top defenseman and captain Adrian Aucoin early in the third period after he re-aggravated a groin injury that had forced him to miss the previous four games.
``Hopefully it's not as bad and it's just some scar tissue breaking up and it will stay loose,'' said Aucoin, who played 20:45 despite missing most of the third period and will be re-evaluated Wednesday.
Sedin opened the scoring two minutes into the second period, and Vancouver's power play took over after that as Chicago continued an early season trend of taking too many penalties.
Ohlund converted a 5-on-3 power play - the second two-man disadvantage against Chicago in the game and 10th in the last three games - at 4:23, and Salo made it 3-0 less than two minutes later after another Chicago penalty.
Morrison, who also had two assists, added another power-play goal - his first of the season - in the third as Vancouver finished 3-for-10 against a Chicago team that came in tied for 22nd in the league on the penalty kill.
``It's definitely a problem,'' Aucoin said of the penalties. ``I have a lot of confidence in our penalty kill but the odds are against us if we re going to take 10. It's known in the locker room but it's going to be addressed again.''
It was the second straight game Vancouver scored three power-play goals.
``It's tough playing against the forwards we have with our speed and skill and a lot of times you have no option but to take a penalty,'' said Ohlund, who has six points despite missing all of training camp with a sore back.
Vorobiev, who was rocked by a hit by Ohlund in open ice earlier in the period, snapped a wrist shot past Dan Cloutier at 9:30 of the second. Ohlund restored the three-goal lead 3 1/2 minutes later.
Lapointe added a power-play goal early in the third as the Blackhawks finished 2-for-5 with the man advantage.
Khabibulin finished with 18 saves, while Cloutier stopped 22 shots.
Notes: Vancouver D Ed Jovanovski left the game after being cut by Mathew Barnaby's stick late in the second period, but returned to start the third. ... Chicago F Tuomo Ruutu missed the game with a sore back. Ruutu's older brother Jarkko played for the Canucks.
|Daniel Sedin (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Henrik Sedin (4), Sami Salo (5)|
1 - 0 VAN
|PPG - Mattias Ohlund (2) Slapshot - ASST: Anson Carter (1), Nolan Baumgartner (3)|
2 - 0 VAN
|PPG - Sami Salo (3) Slapshot - ASST: Brendan Morrison (3), Todd Bertuzzi (2)|
3 - 0 VAN
|PPG - Pavel Vorobiev (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Jaroslav Spacek (3), Adrian Aucoin (1)|
3 - 1 VAN
|Mattias Ohlund (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Brendan Morrison (4), Todd Bertuzzi (3)|
4 - 1 VAN
|PPG - Martin Lapointe (1) Tip-in - ASST: Matt Ellison (3), Pavel Vorobiev (3)|
4 - 2 VAN
|PPG - Brendan Morrison (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Ed Jovanovski (6)|
5 - 2 VAN
|Markus Naslund (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Todd Bertuzzi (4), Steve McCarthy (1)|
6 - 2 VAN
|Pavel Vorobiev Hooking|
|Rene Bourque Interference|
|Jim Vandermeer Holding the stick|
|Markus Naslund Holding|
|Adrian Aucoin Hooking|
|Jim Dowd Hooking|
|Rene Bourque Hooking|
|Ryan Kesler Holding|
|Mattias Ohlund Hooking|
|Martin Lapointe Interference on goalkeeper|
|Ryan Kesler Interference on goalkeeper|
|Jaroslav Spacek Hooking|
|Matt Cooke Roughing|
|Brent Seabrook Hooking|
|Jim Vandermeer Interference|
|SA: 25||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 19||EV: 15 - 18|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 7|
|SV%: .760||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 26||TOI: 59:56|
|Saves: 24||EV: 18 - 18|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 6|
|SV%: .923||SH: 2 - 2|