Before the Blackhawks took the ice against the Canucks, coach Joel Quenneville spoke about the remarkable consistency his team has displayed by coming to play every night. “Over the course of a year there are probably three, four or five clunkers where you’re going to say, ‘it’s one of those nights,’ ” Quenneville said. “I don’t even know if we’ve had a game like that this year.” They have now. It was one of those clunker nights Monday as the Canucks out-skated, out-hit and out-scored the Hawks during a 3-1 victory at Rogers Arena. The loss snapped the Hawks’ 11-game points streak and was just their sixth this season in regulation as they dropped to 34-6-5. Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist, Zack Kassian and Jannik Hansen scored and Henrik Sedin added two assists as Vancouver clinched the Northwest Division title. Cory Schneider out-dueled Corey Crawford in goal as the Canucks won the season series 2-0-1. Schneider allowed a third-period score by Daniel Carcillo in the first of a two-game trip for the Hawks. In their 45th contest of the lockout-shortened season, the Hawks tried to battle back after being out-played through two-and-a-half periods but were dominated for the first time since a 6-2 loss to the Avalanche on March 8 when they were run out of the building to snap their record-breaking 24-game streak to start the season with at least one point. “I don’t think many guys in their careers—especially these days—are going to see a season like this,” winger Viktor Stalberg said. “We’ve stayed in games and found ways to get on top in the end of them. It’s been pretty remarkable and a fun journey for sure.
Blackhawks fall to Canucks 3-1
Chicago Tribune | Apr 23