Hockey Night In Canada Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011

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Burrows grateful for 'great finish'

Categories: Chicago Blackhawks, VAN vs. CHI, Vancouver Canucks
Canucks forward Alex Burrows (14) is embraced by captain Henrik Sedin upon scoring the series-clinching goal in a 2-1 overtime victory over the Blackhawks in Game 7 at Rogers Arena on Tuesday. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Questioned by media for a lack of playing big in the playoffs, Alex Burrows scored the biggest goal of his career Tuesday. But his game winner for the Vancouver Canucks in overtime, a terrific goal which he generated all on his own by gloving a clearing attempt, almost didn't happen.

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Bickell a big deal for Blackhawks

Categories: Chicago Blackhawks, VAN vs. CHI, Vancouver Canucks
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) scores a goal past Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo (1) during the first period in Game 4. (Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press)


Who could have guessed losing Bryan Bickell would be a big deal for the Chicago Blackhawks?

It is because he's been effective throughout the series, providing the Hawks with one of their biggest advantages -- secondary scoring. Bickell scored two goals and one of them, his goal to open Game 4, was a series turning point. Bickell turned Kevin Bieksa inside out, and the Hawks haven't looked back. Bickell along with Michael Frolik and Ben Smith have outscored the Canucks second, third and fourth lines combined.
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Vancouver GM blasts officiating

Categories: Chicago Blackhawks, VAN vs. CHI, Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver Canucks' general manager Mike Gillis speaks to reporters in Vancouver on Monday. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)



Taking a page from Brian Burke's book, a fed up Vancouver GM Mike Gillis spoke out against the officiating. All season long the Canucks preached composure when it came to their relationship with officials. But with a Game 7 on Tuesday, after blowing a 3-0 lead in games, Gillis essentially said enough was enough.

Gillis told the NHL he was going to address it and then blasted referees in a wide-ranging discussion with the media Monday. At the core, Gillis said the Canucks have not been competing on an equal ice surface.
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Canucks defiant in defeat

Categories: Chicago Blackhawks, VAN vs. CHI, Vancouver Canucks
Canucks forward Daniel Sedin (22) tries to tip the puck past netminder Corey Crawford in a 4-3 overtime loss to the hometown Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 at the United Center on Sunday. (Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press)

A 3-0 series lead has disappeared for the Vancouver Canucks. Despite playing
their best game of the series, it still wasn't enough Sunday. Now they face Game 7 on Tuesday (CBC, 10 p.m. ET) and a huge question: Who will start in net?

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Canucks, Blackhawks each confident

Categories: Chicago Blackhawks, VAN vs. CHI, Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo appeared relaxed a day before Game 6 despite two poor performances, while Chicago forward Patrick Kane was extremely confident. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo may be at a career crossroads but he's not showing it ahead of Game 6 in Chicago, calling the United Center a "fun" place to play. 

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Starting job may be on the line for Luongo

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Roberto Luongo has been pulled in both blowout losses. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Roberto Luongo will start Game 6. Head coach Alain Vigneault didn't hesitate when asked if he'd make a change.

Whether he finishes it or not is one of the biggest questions he's faced in his career.

For the first time, people will consider his job as the Canucks No. 1 goalie on the line. Luongo was pulled for a second consecutive game for the first time since March 2008. In Games 4 and 5, he was beat for 10 goals. Read more »

Canucks hope to get power-play chances

Categories: Chicago Blackhawks, VAN vs. CHI, Vancouver Canucks
Captain Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks doesn't believe a onesided Game 4 loss has signalled any shift in momentum in the series. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

If the Vancouver Canucks are irked by the disparity in power plays, they aren't talking about it. But their body language gives them away.

 

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Blackhawks pick up the tempo

Categories: Chicago Blackhawks, VAN vs. CHI, Vancouver Canucks
Duncan Keith was one of a number of Chicago Blackhawks who kept Vancouver off balance in Game 4. (Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press)

If the Vancouver Canucks are game planning around Dave Bolland, they aren't tipping their hand.

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Bolland not 'just another player'

Categories: Chicago Blackhawks, VAN vs. CHI, Vancouver Canucks
Blackhawks centre Dave Bolland, left, is congratulated by teammate John Scott after scoring Chicago's fourth goal in a 7-2 victory over the visiting Canucks in Game 4 at the United Center on Tuesday. (Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press)

Henrik Sedin called Dave Bolland "just another player." He proved to be so much more Tuesday. Bolland's four-point night pumped life into the Chicago Blackhawks. Not only did he bring more balance to Chicago's lines, he helped shut down the Sedins and the Vancouver Canucks.

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Blackhawks' concussion protocol questioned

Categories: Chicago Blackhawks, VAN vs. CHI, Vancouver Canucks
Chicago's Brent Seabrook continued to play in Game 3 after absorbing a punishing hit from Raffi Torres. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Dave Bolland is in and Brent Seabrook is out as the Blackhawks try to avoid being swept out of the playoffs by the Vancouver Canucks in Game 4 Tuesday night in Chicago.

Both players' situations have raised questions about the Blackhawks' concussion protocol.
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