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Hawks explode with four goals in the 2nd to top Canucks 5-2

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The Chicago Blackhawks came back from a two goal deficit and snapped a four game losing streak with a 5-2 win in Vancouver. This wasn't one of their finest efforts of the season, but the Hawks showed a good deal of character.

Blackhawks fans had a sinking feeling as their favorite team fell behind by two goals Wednesday night. The scoreboard wasn't pretty but the Hawks weren't playing poorly, although they did make mistakes that proved costly. In a show of determination the Blackhawks responded with a four goal second period outburst and took control.

A big reason Vancouver hasn't been able to handle Chicago over recent years is because eventually the Hawks dictate the pace of play. The Canucks usually relent and get into a track meet and when that happens the Blackhawks have more weapons. The second period of last night's contest was another example of the Canucks trying to beat Chicago at their own game and once again it didn't work.

One of the most important differences was the third line contributed. That line had some very good shifts and Brandon Saad connected for two goals and had an assist. Michal Handzus was back in the lineup as a wing, and picked up a helper. Andrew Shaw was involved and recorded three hits and three shots. This was the most impact the third line has had in quite awhile.

The fourth line continues to shine and Joel Quenneville keeps leaning on them. The fourth line started the second and third periods and set the tone. They were aggressive and had a lot of offensive zone time.

Brandon Bollig had a game high six shots and also recorded three hits. Ben Smith didn't stain the scoresheet, as was the case with Bollig and Marcus Kruger, but they all worked hard. Smith had a couple of nice rushes and used his strength to create problems for Canuck defenders.

The Blackhawks also got a significant contribution from the first line. Since becoming a Blackhawk, Marian Hossa has never played better in the regular season. Once again Hossa had a very good performance and recorded a goal and an assist on four shots. Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews each chipped in with a goal and an assist.

For the most part the Chicago defense was better and Duncan Keith in particular had a fine night. Keith picked up another assist and had four shots on goal.

Corey Crawford outplayed Roberto Luongo and made some difficult saves in every period. Crawford kept his team in the game and held down the fort stopping 29 of 31 shots. Vancouver scored on their first shot but Crawford didn't get flustered and was a big part of the win.

To make the night complete the Blackhawks scored on two of three power plays. The penalty killing unit held Vancouver scoreless on three attempts, so special teams did their part.

The Hawks snapped a losing streak and received contributions up and down the lineup. One player who was absent from the lineup was Bryan Bickell. Maybe some time off will help Bickell as the team needs a consistent effort from the third line.

It wouldn't be a surprise if Quenneville stuck with the same lineup on Saturday night when they face the Sharks. One thing for certain is Quenneville will want the same determination throughout the rest of the road trip.

The Hawks had an effective 40 shot performance. A good indicator of a team dialed up to have a top effort is blocked shots. The Blackhawks had 31 blocks while the Canucks were credit with only 15.

I will be back on Sunday morning and you can follow me on Twitter @AlCimaglia.

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