Vancouver Canucks 2 Chicago Blackhawks 0
Ex-Canuck Brent Sopelâ€™s delay of game (puck over the glass) penalty led to Brendan Morrisonâ€™s game winning goal early in the first period. Daniel Sedin added an empty-netter in the final minute of the 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Taylor Pyatt received a puck to the face from Sami Saloâ€™s stick early in the third, but returned later in the period. It was Saloâ€™s first home game since Nov. 1 when he needed surgery to repair his nose from a similar injury. He wore a cage mask last night and set-up Morrisonâ€™s goal. Pyatt and Salo are the latest poster kids for the "wear facial protection for safety" movement.
Byron Ritchie went all-Burnaby on Adam Burish after a mixup in the Canucksâ€™ crease with four minutes left in the second. Four players converged on Burish after he slapped at Luongoâ€™s chest, hoping to dislodge the puck. Burish got a slashing minor and fighting major, Ritchie a fighting major and roughing minors went to Burrows and Cowan.
Roberto Luongo saved 27 shots and had his second shutout of the season against the weary Blackhawks, who were playing their third game in fourth nights.
Sign of the Times:
The Canucks Drummers returned with their weapons of mass percussion to the Library, er, Garage, much to the chagrin of the eardrums of the disabled and differently abled in an upper bowl wheelchair section.
The WWW patches on Blackhawks' jerseys were not in celebration of a decade on the Internet, but in memory of late owner William Wadsworth Wirtz.
Todd Bertuzzi returns to the scene of his 2004 crime with the reigning Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks tomorrow at 7 p.m. (Team 1040/TSN HD).