Schroeder's SO goal lifts Canucks over Blackhawks

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 2, 2013 at 1:41 am •  Published: February 2, 2013

Vancouver's Mason Raymond had a great scoring chance late in regulation. 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 Canucks defense forced the Blackhawks to the outside and blocked plenty of shots.

"It was a very tight game, not a lot of room on both sides," Luongo said. "We played our system extremely well.

"They were kept to the outside most of the night. I was fighting a little bit to see the puck on some shots but we were tying them up so they weren't getting any whacks at it."

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 drive from Brandon Saad and calmly blocked a long shot from Dave Bolland.

In the first period, Luongo stopped Marian Hossa on a breakaway and then dragged his leg in front of Brent Seabrook's drive during a Chicago power play.

"Sometimes you get in a rhythm," Luongo said. "You are seeing the puck and getting bounces.

"When you're in that zone you want to keep it going as long as possible and take advantage of it."

Luongo also got help when a couple of Blackhawks drives struck goal posts.

Luongo, the goalie the Canucks have been trying to trade since June, made his third consecutive start. Cory Schneider, who was expected to be Vancouver's No. 1 goalie this season, watched from the bench.

It was also the first meeting between the teams since March 21 when Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith delivered an elbow to Daniel Sedin's head.

Sedin sustained 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 crowd booed Keith every time he touched the puck. There was a cheer in the second period when Henrik Sedin bounced Keith into the boards.

NOTES: The Canucks wore the Vancouver Millionaires "V'' patch on their sweaters to celebrate the team that won the Stanley Cup in 1915 against the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey Association. ... Wes Rypien, brother of former Canucks player Rick Rypien who committed suicide, participated in a ceremonial opening faceoff. ... Henrik Sedin played his 900th game with the Canucks. ... Canucks grinder Dale Weise played despite missing practice Thursday with a stiff neck. Weise fought Cody McLeod during Vancouver's 3-0 win Wednesday.