Well that was no fun!
The Vancouver Canucks broke open a tight-checking game in the opening minute of the second period Wednesday, but were unable to muster a comeback after two power play goals against, allowing the visitors to tally five un-answered goals on the way to a 5-1 victory.
The win comes only ten days after the Canucks beat the Blackhawks at the United Center behind the strength of five power play goals of their own, but were unable to generate any opportunities on the man advantage tonight at Rogers Arena.
Like the Canucks’ 6-2 win in Chicago, the visitors would rely on the strength of their special teams to take the two points from their archrivals.
Hansen’s fifth goal of the season was the lone fault on Corey Crawford who was spectacular in the commanding victory. The ‘Hawks goaltender would have revenge on Hansen in the third period when the forward picked off a power play pass from Duncan Keith to break in all alone, only to be denied by Crawford.
At the other end of the rink, Jonathan Toews made no mistake when he found himself all alone in front of Schneider, burying a feed from Victor Stalberg after Marian Hossa’s rush down the right wing caused havoc around the Canucks crease.
While Cory Schneider couldn’t be held accountable for his last 5-1 loss in the Canucks’ crease, the young goaltender had a rare rough performance in round two against the Blackhawks.
Schneider suffered from behind a blueline left to accommodate without Keith Ballard, who left Wednesday’s game in the first period with an undisclosed injury, leaving the team with five defenceman for the remainder of the game.
The Canucks were unable to formulate a response against their rivals in the third period after falling behind in the middle frame, which has become a familiar theme in Vancouver. The Canucks have allowed 27 goals against in the second period this season, second only behind the Blackhawks who have surrendered 28 in 19 games played.
The Canucks brought another empty effort against the Blackhawks Wednesday and struggled to generate offence without ample power play opportunities presented their way. Vancouver’s inability to ice a consistent sixty-minute game remains the first cause for concern for Coach Alain Vigneault and his team.