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Shaw, Kruger lift Blackhawks over Canucks, 2-1

Updated at: 11/24/2013 1:35 AM
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(AP) VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger scored 9 seconds apart early in the third period and Corey Crawford made 36 saves to send the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

Shaw redirected a pass from Patrick Kane in front of Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo to tie the score 1-1 at 4:40 of the final period, moments after Chicago’s Patrick Sharp ripped a shot on a power play that went off the crossbar and both posts but stayed out.

The Canucks then somehow gave up a 2-on-1 seconds after the ensuing faceoff, with Kruger firing a shot that went right past Luongo.

Chicago (16-4-4) won its second straight.

Ryan Kesler scored for Vancouver (12-9-4) and Luongo made 27 saves.

The Canucks have lost six of their last seven games, scoring just seven goals in those six defeats.

Luongo, who played on consecutive nights for the first time since November 2011, was strong in defeat after backstopping Vancouver to a 6-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.

After Chicago took the lead, Vancouver’s Dale Weise had a great chance to tie things up, but Crawford smothered his backhand with under eight minutes to go.

The Canucks continued to press late, with Alexandre Burrows fanning on a shot in front off a pass while Luongo was on the bench for an extra attacker.

Trailing 1-0 after the first period despite carrying the majority of the play, Chicago was thwarted by Luongo and a lack of accuracy in the second.

Johnny Oduya ripped a shot wide from the slot early in the period before Luongo stopped a deflection by Shaw and made a pad save on Brandon Saad.

Vancouver’s No. 1-ranked penalty killing unit then killed off Chicago’s first power-play opportunity of the night, with the Blackhawks’ best chance coming when Jonathan Toews fired wide of Luongo from the slot.

Burrows, who hasn’t scored in 14 games this season, then had a wraparound chance but couldn’t find the range to beat Crawford.

Kesler opened the scoring late with 1:27 left in the first period when Vancouver’s 29th-ranked power play connected on a two-man advantage against Chicago’s equally feeble 29th-ranked penalty killing unit. Jason Garrison’s one-timer from the point rebounded right out to Kesler, who settled himself before burying his 10th of the season and first in eight games.

NOTES: Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa missed the game for "family reasons." The team did not provide a timeline for his return. ... The Canucks conclude their season-long six-game home stand on Monday against the Los Angeles Kings. Vancouver opens a four-game road trip Thursday against the Ottawa Senators. ... The Blackhawks continue a season-high tying seven-game road trip on Monday against the Edmonton Oilers.

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