Canucks-Blackhawks: Vancouver Crushes Chicago En Route To Game One Win

May 2nd, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Heading into the Western Conference semifinals there were plenty of questions surrounding the Vancouver Canucks.

Could they match the tough physical game that the Chicago Blackhawks would surely bring to the table? Would Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo be able to bounce back from his horrific Game Six performance against the Hawks in last season’s semifinal? And, could the Canucks silence the critics, many of whom felt they would be overwhelmed by the Blackhawks in this series?

Well, the Canucks answered all of those questions last night, defeating the Hawks by a score of 5-1, taking a huge first step in erasing the memory of last season’s disappointing defeat.

Canucks' goaltender Roberto Luongo was solid between the pipes, stopping 36 pucks, 17 of which came at him in the first period. It was Luongo’s epic first-period performance that set the tone for last night’s game, giving the Canucks a chance to extract a little revenge on the Hawks, who admittedly came out very strong in the first period last night.

The Hawks struggled all night, unable to score, continually getting caught in the defensive zone by the Ca ...

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