Schroeder scores shootout winner as Canucks beat Chicago 2-1
Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo raises his arm in celebration after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks in a shootout during an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday Feb. 1, 2013. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Jim Morris, The Canadian Press
Published Friday, February 1, 2013 10:19PM PST
VANCOUVER -- Jordan Schroeder scored in a shootout to give the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Friday night.
Schroeder, who has not scored a goal in the regular season, fired a low, hard shot that squeaked through the pads of Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford.
Alex Edler scored the other goal for the Canucks, who improved their record to 4-2-2.
Patrick Kane scored for the Blackhawks, who suffered their second consecutive shootout loss after starting the season with six victories.
Chicago controlled the five-minute overtime, outshooting Vancouver 4-1. The Blackhawks were also awarded a power play with 1:11 left when Vancouver defenceman Jason Garrison was called for high sticking. Chicago, who outshot Vancouver 28-22, was 0 for 5 on the power play.
The Canucks meanwhile had a 40-second 5-on-3 power play in the third period but didn't manage a shot on net.
Edler opened the scoring at 15:42 of the first period. The big defenceman took a pass from Zack Kassian and blasted a shot past Crawford for his third goal of the season.
Kane tied the game at 9:42 of the third. He got the puck from Andrew Shaw then lifted a shot over the stick side of Canuck goaltender Roberto Luongo who was falling to the ice. It was Kane's third goal of the year.
Vancouver's Mason Raymond had a great scoring chance late in the third. His hard shot went through Crawford's pads and slid across the open net.
The Blackhawks used speed and some pretty passing to attack Vancouver. Despite being drawn out of position at times the Canuck defence managed to force the Blackhawks to the outside and blocked plenty of shots. The Chicago shooters only got a few clear looks.
Luongo, who stopped 24 shots in a win against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, had another solid night. In the second period he gloved a blast from Brandon Saad and calmly blocked a long shot from Dave Bolland. In the first period he stopped Marian Hossa on a breakaway, then dragged a leg in front of a Brent Seabrook blast during a Chicago power play.
Luongo also got lucky with a couple Blackhawk shots that banged off the post.
One of the most anticipated games of the season had more subplots than an episode of "Downton Abbey."
Luongo, the goaltender the Canucks have been trying to trade since June, made his third consecutive start. Cory Schneider, who expected to be the No. 1 goalie this season, watched from the bench.
It was also the first meeting between the teams since the March 21 game where Chicago defenceman Duncan Keith delivered a vicious elbow to Daniel Sedin's head. Sedin suffered a concussion and missed the rest of the regular season plus the first three games of the playoffs. Keith was given a five-game suspension.
The crowed booed Keith each time he touched the puck. There was a cheer in the second period when Henrik Sedin bounced Keith into the boards.