Kesler lifts Canucks past Blackhawks

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 20, 2013 at 11:27 pm •  Published: December 20, 2013
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CHICAGO (AP) — Eddie Lack got plenty of practice in his first NHL shootout. He also got a win.

Ryan Kesler scored the deciding goal in an eight-round tiebreaker, leading Lack and the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

Kesler fired a high shot past Antti Raanta to help Vancouver end a two-game losing streak. Mike Santorelli was successful in the first round as the Canucks improved to 2-4 in shootouts.

Patrick Sharp had Chicago's only shootout score against Lack in the third round.

Lack, a rookie backup, said he got some advice from No. 1 goaltender Roberto Luongo and just tried to react.

"When you're in it, you don't really think about it," Lack said. "It's just like the AHL. You're just focused on what you're going to do next, and anticipate it."

The Canucks were playing their second game in two nights and third in four overall. But it also was a good time for Vancouver to turn to Lack after Luongo gave up soft goals at critical times in the previous two games, both losses.

Lack entered in the second period of Vancouver's 4-1 loss at Dallas on Thursday after Luongo allowed four goals on 19 shots.

Lack made 24 saves against Chicago in his seventh start of the season and game No. 10 for his career. Then he stopped Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in the shootout. Marian Hossa hit the post, and Lack poke-checked the puck away from Brandon Saad.

"He stopped some world-class players there in Toews and Kane right off the bat, and that set us up for the win," Kesler said.

Vancouver's Daniel Sedin tied it at 2 with 9:12 left in the third period. Zack Kassian also scored for the Canucks, who trailed 2-0 after Kane set up Kris Versteeg's score in the first, and then scored his team-leading 21st goal in the second.

"We came in late last night, and usually the first 10-15 minutes, you try to survive," Sedin said. "We did that, I thought we knew if we kept it close we'd have a chance."

Kane has six goals and 14 assists during an 11-game point streak, helping him climb into second in the NHL scoring race behind Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby. He also has at least one point in 23 of his last 24 games.

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