Canucks Beat Defending Champion Blackhawks 2-1
The Vancouver Canucks Tuesday night helped player Ryan Kessler fulfill a dream expressed in January when the team beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in overtime in the deciding game seven of a the NHL playoff series. In the first month of the year Kessler said he would like his team to have another shot at the Blackhawks, which had beaten the Canucks for the last three years in a row. The Canucks became one of the few teams in NHL history to come from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.
“At the end of the day, after all is said and done, it’s extra special with the history we have with these guys to get a little payback,” said a smiling Kesler, who was dynamic in Tuesday night’s 2-1 overtime thriller. “It definitely feels really good.”
Alex Burrows shot the game winning goal past rookie sensation Corey Crawford. This year the rookie set a record for a first year goaltender, as the team won eight straight. Burrows said his shot almost felt like a “dream.”
Burrows game winner was set up by Canucks goaltender Luongo, who stopped Blackhawks’ player Patrick Sharp on a power play. In fact, for the game, the goaltender, who has often been criticized by Vancouver fans, stopped 31 of 32 shots, to help give his team the chance to win in overtime.
Luongo said, “In tough times, that’s when you see the true character in somebody. It was a big game in my career today.”
Kessler said although his team was down three games to zero against the eighth seeded team, the Canucks were truly better than their seeding. He recalled the team was the defending champion and had been playing injured for most of the year. He added, “It took a lot to beat them.”