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Canucks look to put strangle hold on 'Hawks

CHICAGO, IL (NEWS1130) – The Vancouver Canucks can put the first nail in the Blackhawks coffin this afternoon with a win at the United Center.

Vancouver has a 2-0 series lead, a luxury the team hasn’t had over the last two years when they met Chicago in the post-season.  A win today by the Canucks would back the ‘Hawks into a corner, making it tough for them to push for a comeback.  Just three teams in NHL history have ever come back from being down 3-0 in a series.

The Canucks will have to continue to do what the team has done best throughout the series and that’s shutting down the Blackhawks’ big guns.  Chicago’s top players have combined for just a one point in two games with Patrick Kane registering an assist.  Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith are all scoreless through two games.

Chicago’s power-play, which was the fourth best in the NHL in the regular season, has yet to score going 0-5 in the series.

Raffi Torres is available for the Canucks after sitting out games one and two while on suspension.  With Torres not in the Vancouver line-up it didn’t hinder the teams physical play.  The Canucks have out-hit the ‘Hawks 92-59 through two games.

Mikael Samuelsson, who was a late scratch in game two, is expected to be back in the line-up for Vancouver.

Roberto Luongo gets the start in goal for the Canucks.  Chicago counters with rookie Corey Crawford.

Game time is 5 p.m.

News1130 Sports Reporter Ann Schmaltz is in Chicago with the team and will have full updates and analysis as the Canucks make the run to the Cup.

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