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Vancouver Canucks sweep through Chicago, Winnipeg in win-win weekend
The Canucks weren't always at their best, lulling their way to a 2-0 deficit against the Blackhawks and falling asleep in the third period against the Jets, but they pulled it out and pulled it off, rallying late to down both Chicago and Winnipeg in a home-and-away weekend.
On Friday, Vancouver's Zack Kassian and Daniel Sedin provided the offence – Daniel tying it 2-2 with 9:12 left – and Ryan Kesler ender it in the shootout, finishing a game highlighted by a breakout performance from backup goalie Eddie Lack, who stopped seven of eight Chicago players in the deciding shootout. Final score: Canucks 3, Blackhawks 2.
On Sunday, Lack once again showed fine form, but had to fill in for an injured Roberto Luongo. Shutting down several Jets right on his doorstep, Lack's play allowed the Canucks to survive an anemic start to the third period and allowed Chris Tanev to bag the game-winner with 9:37 remaining. Final score: Canucks 2, Jets 1.
(Luongo is currently listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury, believed to be suffered when Winnipeg defenceman Dustin Byfuglien and Roberto clipped skates in the first period.)
Vancouver kid Evander Kane had the Jets' lone goal on Sunday, scoring on the powerplay and in the slot off a pretty feed from Blake Wheeler. Maple Ridge's Andrew Ladd was held scoreless and pointless on the night.
For the fantasy aficionados out there, Kris Versteeg opened the scoring for Chicago on Friday and Patrick Kane added his 21st goal of the season 4:57 into the second period.
The Canucks will now take their Christmas break, returning to action against the Calgary Flames on December 29, in Alberta's Saddledome.