By Brad Vandenberk
The Chicago Blackhawks kicked off their 6 game road trip on Wednesday with a visit to Rogers Arena in Vancouver to square off against the Canucks. This would be the 33rd time these two teams have met since the 2008-2009 season. The last meeting on Nov 6th ended ugly for the Hawks as the Canucks went 5 for 6 on the power play and beat the Hawks 6-2. Revenge is always a dish best served cold.
Cory Schneider got the start in net as Roberto Luongo had missed the last 2 days of practice with an upper body injury. Dave Bolland returned to the line up for the Hawks after missing the last 3 games with a foot injury. Brent Seabrook did not dress for this game after going hard into the boards during the Edmonton Oilers game on Sunday night.
The first period had a Game One playoff feel to it, as both goalies were tested early and both coaches tried to get there preferred match ups. Bolland returned starting on the 4th line. It didn’t take long for him to regain his center position on the 3rd line pestering the Sedins.