Schroeder's SO goal lifts Canucks over Blackhawks

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 2, 2013 at 1:41 am •  Published: February 2, 2013
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Jordan Schroeder is still looking for his first traditional goal, but he already has a game-winner in the bank.

The 22-year-old Schroeder scored in his first shootout to give the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

Schroeder, who hasn't scored a standard goal in the regular season, fired a low, hard shot that squeaked through the pads of goalie Corey Crawford.

"I wanted to go in with some speed and wide," Schroeder said. "I came back to the middle and changed my pace of speed. I froze him. He opened up the five hole a little bit and it trickled through."

Defenseman Alex Edler scored in regulation for the Canucks (4-2-2).

Patrick Kane had the lone goal for the Blackhawks, who lost their second straight in a shootout after starting the season with six victories.

Crawford had stopped Alex Burrows, Zack Kassian and Maxim Lapierre before Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault tapped Schroeder.

The rookie wasn't totally surprised he was picked.

"We have been working on it," he said. "I knew my name would get called. I was fortunate enough to get one and score."

Vigneault said the Canucks have been practicing the shootout and getting feedback from the goalies and goalie coach Roland Melanson.

"They have been sharing the information on who they feel is better suited to help us out," Vigneault said. "We get that information ... and make the best decision we can for the team."

Chicago controlled overtime, outshooting Vancouver 4-1. The Blackhawks were also awarded a power play with 1:11 left when Vancouver defenseman Jason Garrison was called for high-sticking. Chicago, which outshot Vancouver 28-22, was 0 for 5 on the power play.

"It's tough to lose in a shootout," Kane said. "I thought in the third we played pretty well.

"It seemed like we were all over them, but they are a tough team. They're always going to be a rival and come out to play hard against us, especially in their building."

The Canucks had a 40-second, 5-on-3 power play in the third period, but didn't register a shot on goal.

Edler opened the scoring at 15:42 of the first period. The big defenseman took a pass from Kassian and fired a shot past Crawford for his third goal of the season.

Kane tied it at 9:42 of the third. He got the puck from Andrew Shaw and lifted a shot over the stick side of goalie Roberto Luongo, who was falling to the ice. It was Kane's third goal.

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