The Vancouver Canucks were able to end a three-game road trip on a very upbeat note as they showed plenty of resolve in besting the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout. As always the matchup between these two squads was an entertaining one with the usual high skills on display and the animosity that comes from the rivalry built up over the years from some memorable playoff encounters.
It didn’t look good for the visitors as they trailed 2-0, but Zack Kassian would get them on the board in the middle stanza while Daniel Sedin notched the equalizer for the Canucks in the third period. The shootout would last eight rounds with Ryan Kesler finally ending the proceedings with his successful attempt against Antti Raanta. The Canucks received stellar goaltending from Eddie Lack who turned aside seven of eight shootout efforts. The Canucks continue to get outstanding work from their league-best penalty killing unit. They were 4-for-4 in turning aside a dangerous Hawks squad that had registered a power play marker in 10 straight contests.
Head coach John Tortorella says the win is certainly something that the group can hang their hat on and was very proud of the intestinal fortitude his squad showed. The team had lost 4-1 to the Dallas Stars the night before and were in need of a spark to end the road junket in a positive manner after dropping a 3-2 shootout decision to the Minnesota Wild during the trip. They return home feeling fine about going 1-1-1.
The Canucks received yet another fine performance out of Lack who is putting together a solid season. He’s now 5-2 on the year with an impressive goals against average (GAA) of 1.98 and save percentage of .927. Lack made 24 saves in regulation, none bigger than the late second period save off of Ben Smith that helped to keep the deficit at one goal heading into the third. Lack was arguably getting his toughest assignment between the pipes this season and continued to showcase his calm demeanor throughout the entire contest.
The Canucks improved to 21-11-6 with what’s viewed as a character building victory by both the coach and players. It can’t help but be a positive sign moving forward.
Rick LaFitte is an NHL Writer for Rant Sports
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