Chicago scored three first period goals and rolled over the Vancouver Canucks 5-0 forcing a Game 6 on Sunday in Chicago. Marian Hossa and Duncan Keith each scored two goals and Corey Crawford stopped all 36 shots from Vancouver earning his first playoff shutout.
Chicago hoping to keep their scoring explosion going in Game 5 opened the scoring early in the first period on the power play. Marian Hossa skated into the slot and snapped a shot over Roberto Luongo’s glove giving Chicago the early 1 – 0 lead, and as it turned out that was all the goals Chicago would need. Chicago was just getting warmed up as just :24 later they made it 2-0 on a slap shot from Duncan Keith, as Chicago was out skating Vancouver and carried the momentum from Game 4 when they rolled over Vancouver 7-2. Patrick Kane closed out the first period scoring when he deflected Duncan Keith’s shot from the point giving Chicago it’s second power play goal of the period, and the Canucks faithful were in shock as the first period ended 3-0. The score could have been even more lopsided had it not been for Roberto Luongo as he stopped Patrick Sharp on a breakaway late in the period.
Vancouver was hoping the intermission break would give them a chance to catch their breath and change the momentum in the second period, but Chicago would not be denied tonight. Once again Chicago scored early in the period when Marian Hossa beat Roberto Luongo over his glove on a breakaway giving Chicago a 4-0 lead. Hossa’s goal ended Luongo’s night and for the second straight game Cory Schnieder came in to finish the game. It didn’t take long for Schneider to be tested and he didn’t do much better than Luongo. Duncan Keith blasted a shot past Schneider just three minutes later and the route was on. Vancouver was booed off the ice as the second period ended as the Rogers Arena crowd showed their displeasure with the Canucks performance. Things got chippy at the end of the second period as Vancouver’s frustration was starting to show as Bieksa and Broewer got into a fight.
There was no scoring in the third period as Chicago was just protecting its lead and Vancouver’s spirit and motivation had been broken. What has happened to the Sedin Twins, they were a -7 in Game 4 and they were almost invisible tonight. Game 6 isn’t until Sunday and I would suggest Vancouver do some soul searching and get back to their skating game or Chicago may eliminate them for the third consecutive year.
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Written by Kevin Kelly