Canucks take Game 2!
Was that Daniel Sedin or Father Merrin? The Vancouver Canucks exercised the demons of game 2's past and beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 Friday night. It was a tense game filled with body checks, shots after the whistle, and plenty of scoring.
First it was Jannik Hansen; yes, Hansen again, opening the scoring for the Canucks 7:30 into the game, assisted by the twins.
Then, the Canucks completely in control, scored 30 seconds into the second period for a 2-0 lead. Daniel Sedin tipped a Christian Ehrhoff point shot through his legs as he was leaping, and beat Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford.
Then, the Blackhawks, finally, FINALLY, were able to put one past Roberto Luongo, as rookie Ben Smith scored his first career NHL playoff goal with six minutes remaining.
The Canucks, as they have done all season long, fought back. Alex Edler, with 30 seconds remaining in the second frame scored on a long shot that tipped off Ben Smith and past Crawford for his first of the series. Edler has been an absolute revelation this playoff, setting the tone with physical play and now contributing offensively.
Viktor Stalberg then scored his first of the series, a weak goal by Luongo. The crowd fell silent. Was this to be the Luongo of two years ago? Or hell, even last year?
It didn't matter, as Daniel Sedin scored his second of the game, a perfectly placed wrist shot on the rush that beat Crawford stick side.
Ben Smith scored his second of the game to make it close, but the Blackhawks couldn't solve Luongo again, as he held the door as Chicago made a late period push.
Luongo wasn't perfect, but he did just enough to earn the victory. His minor struggles in this game, and Ryan Keslers lack of production will sure to be storylines going into the next game.
As for now, it's 2-0 Canucks, a position they cannot squander.