Flying V’s Hat Trick: Canucks and Blackhawks create madness on Madison

Good, but Not Good Enough

The Canucks and Blackhawks went to war in a classic match up between bitter rivals Wednesday that witnessed a star fall before Andrew Shaw shocked furious Canucks fans with the 2-1 overtime winner.

Duncan Keith caught Daniel Sedin with a dangerous elbow during the first period, knocking Sedin out of the game with a suspected concussion.

The Hat Trick

Hansen’s Hurry One By

Jannik Hansen gave the Canucks the early jump they needed against the Blackhawks, burying his 15th of the season only 27 seconds into the hockey game. Hansen hustled down the right wing and wired a shot past Corey Crawford before Chicago’s starter could get comfortable in his crease.

Once Hansen put the early marker past Crawford, the backstop closed the crease, keeping the Canucks off the score sheet for the remainder of the game.

Keith’s Killer Elbow

Daniel Sedin caught Duncan Keith with a high shoulder check early in the first period, and the Blackhawks’ defenceman responded with

Canucks vs. Blackhawks

The Canucks attempted to seek retribution against Keith. - (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

his own hit later in the period, knocking Sedin out of the game with a vicious elbow.

Keith caught Sedin with the elbow as the puck bounced high in the air, deflecting off the boards behind the pair at center ice. Daniel was sent to the Canucks dressing room and was quickly ruled out of the game.

While Alain Vigneault did not dare utter the ‘C’ word after Wednesday’s game, the Canucks and their fans are more than concerned over Sedin’s future health.

Shaw Shocks

The Canucks attempted to seek retribution against Keith and the Blackhawks, but eventually settled in for an exciting hockey game at the United Center.

After both goaltenders did their best to keep things tied at one heading into extra time, Andrew Shaw broke the tie with a big bounce off his back skate, converting a shot off the stick of Johnny Oduya.

The defenceman jumped up in the rush during overtime, firing the puck towards Roberto Luongo before it took a friendly deflection on net.

V’s Thoughts

While it was nice for the Canucks to receive a point for their troubles on Wednesday, the talk revolved around the health of Daniel Sedin and the potential repercussions for Duncan Keith.

While the majority outside of the Madhouse on Madison agree Keith should be suspended, it remains unclear as to how long both players involved will be out of the lineup.

Considering Shane Doan’s recent three game suspension for elbowing, I say seven games for Keith.


In another controversial twist to the story Henrik Sedin alleges Duncan Keith said something along the lines of “I’m going to get you,” to Daniel after Daniel’s own first period hit on Keith.

Three Stars

1st. Patrick Kane – GOALS: 1| PTS: 1| ASST: 0 SOG: 4| PLUS/MINUS: 0
2nd. Jannik Hansen – GOALS: 1| PTS: 1| ASST: 0 SOG: 3| PLUS/MINUS: 0
3rd. Andrew Shaw – GOALS: 1| PTS: 1| ASST: 0 SOG: 2| PLUS/MINUS: 1



Chicago 2, Vancouver 1
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Referees: Dan O’Halloran, Francois St.Laurent
Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron, Derek Amell
Attendance: 21715


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Born in Vancouver, and a student at UVIC. "The Flying V" follows all things Canucks hockey and covers the best in CIS athletics around the Pacific Northwest. He loves to write about the athletes that used to show him up in his playing days.
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