Daniel Sedin leads Canucks past Blackhawks 5-4
CHICAGO (AP) Daniel Sedin scored his second goal at 1:20 of overtime, and the Vancouver Canucks recovered after blowing a late two-goal lead, beating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 on Wednesday night.
Henrik Sedin made a great pass to his brother in the middle of the ice, and Daniel pushed it into the open left side of the net for his 13th of the season. He also scored in the third period to give Vancouver a 4-2 lead with 4:37 remaining.
Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists for Chicago, which looked listless for much of the night, and then closed with a flourish. Marian Hossa scored two goals for the third consecutive game.
Vancouver had a 3-1 lead before Hossa rushed in from the right side for a power-play score at 12:48 of the third. After Daniel Sedin restored the Canucks' two-goal lead, the Blackhawks rallied again.
First, Brandon Saad got a piece of Duncan Keith's shot for a power-play goal. Then Hossa beat Eddie Lack on a bad-angle shot from the left side for his 16th, tying it at 4 with 55 seconds left.
The crowd of 21,346 chanted "Hossa! Hossa!" before the start of overtime, but Daniel Sedin quickly ended the extra session. He has 19 goals and 30 assists in 51 career games against Chicago.
Linden Vey, Bo Horvat and Zack Kassian scored in the second for Vancouver, which bounced back from Tuesday's 5-3 loss at Minnesota. Lack had 37 saves one night after he replaced Ryan Miller in the second against the Wild.
Chicago made a couple of costly mistakes in its defensive zone, and Vancouver jumped on the miscues to move in front in the second period.
The Blackhawks had a turnover and struggled to get the puck out of their end before the Canucks turned a 3-on-1 rush into Vey's tying goal at 4:42. Radim Vrbata passed to Chris Higgins on the left, and he moved it to the other side to an open Vey for his eighth of the season.
Vrbata has two goals and six assists in a seven-game point streak.
Chicago defenseman David Rundblad then had an ugly sequence that ended with Horvat's go-ahead score. Corey Crawford stopped Ronalds Kenins' drive, but Rundblad was unable to clear away the rebound and Horvat slammed it home for his sixth goal.
The Canucks increased their lead to 3-1 when Kassian deflected Luca Sbisa's shot past Crawford while battling Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook in front of the net.
Vancouver nearly got another goal in the second, but Crawford denied Horvat on a prime opportunity in front. Lack then turned away Jonathan Toews on a couple of nice power-play chances.
NOTES: Blackhawks F Kris Versteeg played 17 minutes in his return from a hand injury. Versteeg got hurt in the Winter Classic at Washington. ... Sbisa, Higgins and Henrik Sedin each finished with two assists.
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