After having some big disciplinary problems in game four, the Vancouver Canucks had to enter enemy territory to stay in the playoffs. For the Chicago Blackhawks, the plan was simple. Play physical, run Luongo, and ride momentum to a conference final return. With San Jose already resting for their opponent, the Hawks needed a win last night to minimize the rest advantage the Sharks had over them.
Vancouver 4 @ Chicago 1 – Defence was the key for the Van-city Canucks last night. But it wasn’t the defence playing defence that won the game. The blueliners potted three of the Canucks’ four goals as Vancouver stayed alive for another night. Christian Ehrhoff and Kevin Bieksa jumped into the rush and played clutch games at both ends to lead Vancouver. Ehrhoff opened the scoring while Bieksa had the second and third goals of the game. Credit is also due to Roberto Luongo who made 29 saves on the night after shaving his playoff beard to change his luck. The biggest problem for the Canucks is the loss of Sami Salo. Their top defenseman went down after blocking a shot at the end of the first period. Reports as of writing indicate that Salo suffered a ruptured testicle. It hurts just writing it. If that report is true, Salo will require surgery and no one is certain of the timetable on a return.
Chicago leads the series 3-2
Three Stars of the Night:
1. Kevin Bieksa (Vancouver) – 2 goals, 1 assist
2. Roberto Luongo (Vancouver) – 29 saves
3. Sami Salo (Vancouver) – Reported ruptured testicle
Pittsburgh at Montreal – PIT leads 3-2 (TV: CBC, Versus)
Philadelphia at Boston – BOS leads 3-1 (TV: TSN, Versus)
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