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Blackhawks edged by Canucks in shootout

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The Chicago Blackhawks lost to the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in a shootout on Friday night.

There wasn’t the normal animosity between these two teams as it was a relatively clean battle. It would be the Blackhawks who would get on the board first as Kris Versteeg deflected a Patrick Kane shot from the point past Eddie Lack at 7:49 of the first period.

With Vancouver on the second day of a back to back, the Blackhawks would pounce early in the second period to extend the lead. A shot by Michal Rozsival was stopped by Lack who kicked the rebound to the right faceoff circle. Patrick Kane was there to put the rebound into an empty net at 4:57. But the Canucks would answer back as Zack Kassian deflected a shot by Jason Garrison at 8:19 through the legs of Antti Raanta.

It would stay a 2-1 game until midway through the third period. Daniel Sedin was left all alone to the right of the net and Kevin Bieska found him with a great pass as Sedin lifted the puck just over Raanta as he fell to the ice to tie the game at 2 at 10:48.

The game would go to a shootout and feature two goaltenders who were very inexperienced in shootouts. Lack stopped Kane and Jonathan Toews while Michael Santorelli beat Raanta and Daniel Sedin failed to salt the game away in the second round as he was stopped. This gave Patrick Sharp a chance to extend the shootout and he beat Lack high. Raanta stopped Henrik Sedin to send the shootout into extra innings. The shootout was still tied after seven rounds when Michal Handzus was stopped by the pad of Lack to bring up Ryan Kesler with a chance to win the game. Kesler took Raanta out wide and beat him with a wrist shot over the glove to give the Canucks the victory.

What it means

After a disastrous start to December, the Blackhawks have recorded points in six of their last seven games taking 11 out of 14 points. The Blackhawks were 0 for 4 on the power play snapping a streak of 10 consecutive games with a power play goal.

3 stars of the game

3. Antti Raanta- It has been a good year so far for Raanta who has been impressive in his substitute job for Corey Crawford. In 11 games played, Raanta is 7-1-2. On the night, Raanta made 22 saves on 24 shots and an additional 6 saves on 8 shots in the shootout.

2. Eddie Lack- Lack did a marvelous job filling in for Roberto Luongo. Lack made 24 saves on 26 shots and saved 5 of 6 shots in the shootout. Lack is 5-2 in 10 games played this season.

1. Patrick Kane- It was another great game for Kane who extended his point streak to 11. He had one goal and one assist while being a plus two on the night. Kane has 21 goals and 27 assists on the season.


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