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Canucks come back against Chicago, win in shootout

Dec 20, 2013, 11:12 PM EDT

The Vancouver Canucks fought back from a 2-0 deficit to grab a 3-2 shootout win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, taking the latest round in one of the league’s best contemporary rivalries.

Kris Versteeg and Patrick Kane made it 2-0, but Zack Kassian and Daniel Sedin got the Canucks back into the game. Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville can’t be thrilled about Sedin being all alone for his goal, for one:

In a battle of competent backups, Eddie Lack topped Antti Raanta. Lack is now 5-2-0 on the season with a .927 save percentage while Raanta is holding down the fort for Corey Crawford with a 7-1-2 record and .920 save percentage.

Ryan Kesler scored the shootout winner, as the skills competition went eight rounds deep tonight (to the dismay of many).

The two teams have one more regular season game left (Chicago at Vancouver on Jan .29), so these matchups might be fleeting. Unless they meet in the playoffs again, of course.

  1. micasa81 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    I hate the shootout at the best of times, but that one was just flat out dreadful. The low point was definitely Henrik’s “attempt”. Hawks fans, I’m assuming your team’s generally much sharper than that in the SO? That was par for the course for the Canucks.

    As for the real game, it was fun to watch. The Hawks were having their way early on, with Kaner leading the way. I was really impressed with the Canucks’ ability to hang in this game and claw their way back. To erase a 2-goal deficit in the second game of a back-to-back against easily the deepest offensive team in the league – gutsy tie/win.

    • slysipops - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      coming from a HAWKS FAN……………. it was dumb luck on the second CHICAGO goal. the NUCKS deserved to win in regulation !

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      My team loses a shootout: “I can’t believe they lost a point because of that.”

      My team wins a shootout: “Wow, I can’t believe that won then an extra point.”

  2. blomfeld - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    “these rustics are so inept … it almost takes the honor out of victory” …

    Like many other King’s fans I’m sure, we simply can’t wait to have another go at both of you people ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    • slysipops - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      enjoy this one BLOMS, you deserve it !

    • micasa81 - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:09 AM


      Listen friend, your adorable attem- Ah, screw it, I can’t do it.

      How unfortunate is it for Bomb-felt that the place he lives has precisely zero notable historical battles, smallpox epidemics notwithstanding.

      • blomfeld - Dec 22, 2013 at 12:29 AM

        too true friend … the closest thing of ‘significance’ to Vancouver is the Little Bighorn in southern Montana (Billings), a whole ‘two’ day’s drive away … 😦

  3. 19to77 - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Bah. Shootout spoiled it. Great comeback effort by the ‘Nucks, but spoiled by the skills competition silliness. That would have been a fantastic game if it ended in overtime. I mean, it still was, but… still, you all know what I mean. Real OT > shootout, every time.

  4. bencia823 - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    Must have been cool for Eddie Lack (former Chicago Wolves goalie) to beat the Blackhawks

    • esracerx46 - Dec 21, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      Wouldve been cooler for Lack if he had played in the blackhawks system. Or if the Chicago Wolves were actually in Chicago. Not Rosemont.

  5. slysipops - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    AWWW GEEEZ, which team did the guy say was at the end of a raod trip…and which was home resting and waiting?? can’t blame the HAWKS goalie on this one. the second HAWKS goal was just pure luck and with a little luck on the NUCKS side the game would have been long over in regulation. WHY is it the HAWKS look so docile in some of the bigger type games this season?will this happen POST SEASON too ? a few less TV commercials might help ? maybe the hometown faithful need to put down their ipads and set aside their nachos and let the team know when they look weak ?

    • esracerx46 - Dec 21, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      You do realize the Hawks are one of the best teams in the league. And have done fairly well with their 3rd string goalie (coming into the season at least). They just beat LA rather handedly. The only team they really struggle to beat is Anaheim. I don’t think a fan interaction is gonna make the Hawks realize oh crap we need to play better. They know that. But this game was actually a good one. Its not like the Hawks laid an egg. Their was nothing flukey about Kane’s goal. Redirects happen. its pretty amazing that if a team wins 65 percent of their games its considered a great year. The only other sport like that is MLB. The difference between stellar playoff team and .500 team isn’t that much. In school if I got a 65 on a test, that’s a D. In hockey and baseball you’re lauded for a great year. Losses happen. Any team can beat another team on any given night. Bruins Vs Sabres is a prime example.

      • slysipops - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:00 PM

        gimme a break, i’ve probably been a HAWKS fan longer than you’ve been on GOD’S earth.and yes the HAWKS DID LAY AN EGG WITH THEIR MISSING THE NET SO MUCH. if you didn’t think KANE’S goal was a fluke then there is no use explaining it to for the fan reaction…. what the heck to you think HOME ICE is supposed to be about? maybe old ladies bring a plate of cookies to the locker room ?

    • joey4id - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      You can call the goal pure luck, but it was a deflection. BTW, Kassian’s goal was a deflection off Seabrook’s leg. However, what led to the Hawks second goal was a complete breakdown of the Nucks defensive play. Bieksa peeled away from Kane at the top of the slot, then Kane drew 2 Nucks towards him and dished the puck to right side, which led to the initial shot, and then Kane jumped on the loose puck. So many things went wrong on that play defensively that it made the Nucks look like a bunch of amateurs.

      • slysipops - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:23 PM

        a deflection off of one of your own linemates stick by accident is luck …a double deflection off opponents shin pads a fluke . the HAWKS missed the net more times than you could shake a stick at …lol! anyway to be outplayed by a team who was on the road for a few games and got in town late the same day of the game was pathetic. some guys here yapping about the standings……….. but that could change quickly with the logjam for the top . this was a game to take advantage of ……….. not give a way !

  6. blackhawks2010 - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Props to Lack and Raanta, both goalies deserved a win. Terrible effort by Hawks in 2nd and 3rd, one of the worst this year and still came away with a point. Time to step it up, great to see how well Raanta is playing – holding down the fort.

    • slysipops - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      finally someone who really understands the game of hockey !

  7. joey4id - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Never an easy task to get a win on the back end of 2 games in 24 hours. Though technically not a win in regulation time the Nucks did come back from a 2 goal deficit. What? No fight last night. Wow! These two teams in a best of seven would make of an entertaining series.

    That Hawks team is deep all around and is clearly the better of the two teams. However, their PP malfunctioned last night, which can be attributed to the Nucks excellent PK. The only weakness on the Hawks right now is their PK. Their 28th of 30 position in the PK department has to be a huge cause for concern for the coaching staff.

  8. jpat2424 - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Blomfeld your gay

    • Professor Fate - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      He’s probably glad he’s happy instead of illiterate.

    • slysipops - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      joey , go back to your air hockey game and crayons !

  9. lionstigersandwingsohmy - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Watched part of this game last night. I had to change the channel because the Chicago announcers were so bad.

    • Professor Fate - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      Buy a remote with a mute button.

    • slysipops - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      try watching the pens on the ROOT TV feed…makes these guy sound like angels

  10. canada2014gold - Dec 21, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    I can’t trust if any if chicago’s goalies are good, their defense is stacked. Raanta looked solid though.

    • slysipops - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:08 PM

      right on, RAANTA and CRAWFORD both are on and off . let in a surely stoppable goal then make a fabulous save….?? some time it dosn’t hurt, BUT there are the times when it is a backbreaker !

  11. canada2014gold - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    It’s just tough to gauge where these guys are really at. Chicago did not play their best at all, they got stifled a bit by vans defence but a lot of teams are right now. In 7 games the hawks would break through that though. No disrespect to the nucks but I don’t think they have the firepower anymore.

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