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Chicago ends four-game skid, beats Vancouver 5-2

Jan 30, 2014, 1:25 AM EDT

Patrick Kane, Corey Crawford, Patrick Sharp AP

The Blackhawks hadn’t won a game in 10 days, and they weren’t going to make it 11.

Chicago snapped a four-game winless skid on Wednesday night in Vancouver, defeating the Canucks 4-2 for its first victory since defeating Boston 3-2 in a shootout on Jan. 19.

The much-needed victory started inauspiciously for Chicago. The ‘Hawks found themselves down 1-0 just 16 seconds into the game when Chris Higgins took advantage of some lax defending to slide one past Corey Crawford. It was Higgins’ 15th goal of the year, putting him three behind team leader Ryan Kesler (18).

Vancouver doubled its lead when Tom Sestito scored his fifth of the season just 2:24 into the second period, but that goal seemed to awaken the ‘Hawks as they proceeded to score four times in under eight minutes — and kicked off the scoring spree in style.

Marian Hossa converted on the power play to make it 2-1, finishing off a great passing sequence from Kris Versteeg and Brandon Saad:

Three minutes later, Saad scored his 16th of the year to even the score at two. That was followed by goals from Jonathan Toews (his 18th) and Patrick Sharp (his 27th) — when it was all said and done, Chicago had completely wrestled away control of the game and deflated their once-fierce rivals.

Saad would go on to add an empty netter with 38 seconds left in the game, recording his second three-point game of the season.

When the final horn blew, Chicago looked down on the scoresheet and saw major contributions from its best players as Hossa, Sharp and Toews all went for two points each. The same, however, couldn’t be said of Vancouver — Daniel Sedin was again a non-factor as his goalless drought extended to 14 games, his longest since the 2007-08 season.

Alex Burrows was also held scoreless and has now gone 23 games without a single goal this season, registering just three assists.

  1. ineedmorehossa - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    I need more Hossa

    • chicagobtech - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      We all do, buddy. We all do.

  2. muckleflugga - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    looks like hawks are over their olympic funk before the olympics … bad news for the west

    something’s bent in lotus land … hard to figure

    nice pre-game and non-partisan tribute to olympians … refreshing

    the tsn panel were in fine tune … good journalism over both games

    • areaman714 - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:55 AM


  3. comeonnowguys - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    We’ll see if this sticks.

  4. jpat2424 - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    Bieska never wants to fight somebody bigger then him. He’s a Puss

    • cofran2004 - Jan 30, 2014 at 7:55 AM

      who really WANTS to fight someone bigger than them? Someties you HAVE to, but really…. who wants to?

    • salmon90 - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      except for when he fight guys bigger than him…

  5. jhaegs - Jan 30, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    Looking forward to a PHT article titled “Did you notice? The Blackhawks passed the Blues in the standings”

    • comeonnowguys - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      Knee-jerk reaction posts on PHT? Be gone with your blasphemy.

  6. hammerhead5573 - Jan 30, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    Worry not Hawks fans, when the Hawks have struggled the way they have for the last month all they needed to do was play a game against Luongo ( aka: sir flops a lot)I hope that Kaptain America dude isn’t on suicide watch. I mean with that “over rated” Toews not only scoring a goal but saving another, Kaptain America must have been told not to be near anything sharp for at least a week. I hope every Hawk player and management gave credit to the Nucks too. We don’t want any feelings hurt.

    • comeonnowguys - Jan 30, 2014 at 7:40 AM

      I thought Mike Smith was Sir Flops-A-Lot?

      • hammerhead5573 - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:32 AM

        Good point, he is. , but Bobby Lou is not far behind.

  7. chicagobtech - Jan 30, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Hey Mike, you have 5-2 listed in the link but 4-2 listed in the story.

  8. slysipops - Jan 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    good game , but still a few sorry give-a-ways ! 4 th line providing the fodder for the food …keep it up guys ! some one needs to step up on the opposing hitters like BIEKSA … if he won’t fight ..oh well , just wait to nail him with a good hard check.

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