Once again, the Hawks brought their “A” game to Vancouver, playing with some of their best pace of the season. They scored two goals in the period, thanks mostly to Jonathan Toews.
First, Toews muscled the puck away from Manny Maholtra in the Canucks zone, then he put it through the legs of Roberto Luongo to tie the game. Later, he controlled the puck up ice before centering in the direction of Nick Boynton, who guided it into the goal from mid-air.
It was Boynton’s first goal as a Hawk and his first in 69 games.
But special teams have kept the Canucks in the game. They killed off a 0:47 two-man advantage after the Hawks called a timeout to set things up, and a few minutes later, with Jake Dowell in the penalty box for slashing, Mikael Samuelsson tied the game up, redirecting a shot past Marty Turco.