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Blackhawks 6, Canucks 3

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 12:49 AM

Associated Press

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Blackhawks 6, Canucks 3
Chicago Blackhawks 6, Vancouver Canucks 3

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -Down often so far during the playoffs, the young Chicago Blackhawks never feel as if they're out of any game.

An early, two-goal hole didn't faze them one bit Saturday night.

Patrick Sharp scored twice to tie it and David Bolland put Chicago ahead with a short-handed breakaway to help the Blackhawks tie their second-round playoff series at a game apiece with a 6-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

"It's always a long ways from being done, especially when we're only down by two goals and we know we haven't played our best hockey yet," said Jonathan Toews, the Blackhawks' 21-year-old captain. "Once we get that first goal it's a confidence boost and every line feels they can go out and score."

Down 2-0 after power-play goals by Sami Salo and Alexander Edler in the first seven minutes, Chicago took over Game 2 of the best-of-seven series with a strong second period.

Sharp put the Blackhawks on the board midway through, sliding a rebound between the legs of Roberto Luongo, then wiring a one-timer over the goalie's glove during a 5-on-3 power play three minutes later.

Bolland gave Chicago its first lead of the series with 3:10 left, beating Luongo with a forehand deke after being left behind the defense on the penalty kill.

"We're a confident team and we know despite the score we're still in any hockey game," Sharp said. "It's nice to have the ability to come back again."

In Game 1 the Blackhawks rallied from three goals behind in the third period only to lose in the final minutes. This time they kept going.

Ben Eager, robbed by Luongo earlier, extended the lead 2:13 into the third period, converting a nice pass from Adam Burish, who had two assists. Patrick Kane added his third goal of the series three minutes later.

Game 3 is Tuesday in Chicago, where the Blackhawks won all three during a first-round victory over Calgary.

"We've got our confidence level up here after this win and we need to keep it going into Chicago," said Bolland, who added his second goal into an empty net after Henrik Sedin scored on another Canucks' power play with 2:45 left.

Nikolai Khabibulin got his first victory over the Canucks since 1998, when he was with Phoenix, ending an 0-11-1 skid against Vancouver.

The Canucks lost Salo, their top all-around defenseman, after he opened the scoring with a power-play blast 5:35 in. After wincing noticeably at the bench, Salo, who also missed Game 4 of a first-round sweep of St. Louis, was followed into the locker room by the team doctor and did not return.

Coach Alain Vigneault said that Salo was day-to-day with a lower body injury, and wasn't sure if he'd travel to Chicago.

It was the third goal and sixth point for Salo, who scored the winning goal with 1:13 left in Game 1. Salo, who tops 100 mph in the annual hardest-shot contest, wasn't missed after Chicago took two penalties a minute later.

"We do need Sami, but I don't think that was the reason we lost tonight," defenseman Shane O'Brien said. "We weren't the better team tonight."

Edler, who took the Canucks' hardest-shot title from Salo this year, replaced him and one-timed a point shot past a screened Khabibulin on the 5-on-3. But Salo was missed on Bolland's goal as forward Mason Raymond, playing out of position at the point, allowed the Chicago forward to sneak behind him.

Just as they did in the third period of Game 1, Chicago carried the play for long stretches after falling behind. And just like Game 1, Khabibulin played a big role with timely saves, robbing O'Brien in the slot and Alex Burrows alone in tight on a power play early in the second period. He also forced Steve Bernier wide on a long breakaway minutes before Bolland put Chicago ahead.

Luongo made a spectacular diving stick stop on Eager 9:15 into the second, but Sharp started the comeback a minute later. Eager got Chicago's seventh goal in two games after St. Louis only managed to beat Luongo five times in four games in the first round.

Shortly after Khabibulin robbed Rick Rypien, Kane added to the total with his fifth of the playoffs, tying the 20-year-old with four others for the NHL lead.

Henrik Sedin scored on another Canucks' power play with 2:45.

"I didn't expect to win every game," said Luongo, who made 26 saves. "Those guys are a good team too and they re going to win games.

Notes: The teams combined for 10 penalties and four 10-minute misconducts in the final seven minutes. ... The Canucks lost 11 of 15 through early January while Salo was out with injured ribs, but only 11 of 38 since he returned. ... Chicago D Brent Seabrook, LW Andrew Ladd, C Colin Fraser and RW Troy Brouwer are all from the Vancouver area and once played on the same spring league all-star team.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:35
VAN
PPG - Sami Salo (3) Slapshot - ASST: Henrik Sedin (4), Daniel Sedin (5)
1 - 0 VAN
06:44
VAN
PPG - Alexander Edler (1) Slapshot - ASST: Mats Sundin (2), Kevin Bieksa (2)
2 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
10:24
CHI
Patrick Sharp (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Adam Burish (1), Matt Walker (2)
2 - 1 VAN
13:30
CHI
PPG - Patrick Sharp (5) Slapshot - ASST: Brent Seabrook (7), Patrick Kane (3)
2 - 2 Tie
16:50
CHI
SHG - Dave Bolland (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Duncan Keith (3)
3 - 2 CHI
3rd Period
02:13
CHI
Ben Eager (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Adam Burish (2)
4 - 2 CHI
05:48
CHI
Patrick Kane (5) Backhand shot - ASST: Jonathan Toews (5), Troy Brouwer (1)
5 - 2 CHI
17:15
VAN
PPG - Henrik Sedin (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Mats Sundin (3), Alexander Edler (4)
5 - 3 CHI
18:50
CHI
EN - Dave Bolland (3) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
6 - 3 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
05:05
CHI
Niklas Hjalmarsson  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
06:16
CHI
Ben Eager  Roughing against  Kevin Bieksa
06:16
CHI
Adam Burish  Misconduct (10 min) against  Rick Rypien
06:16
VAN
Rick Rypien  Misconduct (10 min) against  Adam Burish
06:34
CHI
Duncan Keith  Slashing against  Ryan Kesler
13:56
VAN
Shane O'Brien  Hooking against  Andrew Ladd
18:52
VAN
Pavol Demitra  Interference against  Kris Versteeg
2nd Period
02:17
CHI
Brent Seabrook  Roughing against  Steve Bernier
06:53
VAN
Mats Sundin  Slashing against  Patrick Sharp
11:41
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Hooking against  Dustin Byfuglien
12:00
VAN
Willie Mitchell  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
15:54
CHI
Patrick Kane  Hooking against  Rick Rypien
3rd Period
12:20
VAN
Rick Rypien  Holding against  Marty Havlat
13:37
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Misconduct (10 min) against  Jonathan Toews
13:37
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Roughing against  Jonathan Toews
13:37
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Roughing against  Jonathan Toews
13:37
CHI
Jonathan Toews  Misconduct (10 min) against  Alexandre Burrows
13:37
CHI
Jonathan Toews  Roughing against  Alexandre Burrows
13:37
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Roughing against  Marty Havlat
13:37
CHI
Marty Havlat  Slashing against  Ryan Kesler
14:29
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien  Roughing against  Rick Rypien
14:29
VAN
Willie Mitchell  Cross checking against  Dustin Byfuglien
14:29
VAN
Rick Rypien  Misconduct (10 min) against  Patrick Sharp
14:29
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien  Misconduct (10 min) against  Willie Mitchell
14:29
VAN
Rick Rypien  Roughing against  Dustin Byfuglien
15:13
CHI
Dave Bolland  Interference against  Ryan Johnson
16:52
CHI
Brent Seabrook  Tripping against  Henrik Sedin
goalie stats
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 21TOI: 59:47
Saves: 18EV: 16 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 5
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
5-1-0
SA: 31TOI: 58:44
Saves: 26EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .839SH: 1 - 2