CHICAGO -- Same building, same feeling of confidence and invincibility, same eventual result for the better team in Saturday’s case for the hometown Chicago Bulls, and in Sunday’s case for the visiting Vancouver Canucks.
The Chicago Blackhawks would debate the issue and did so fairly convincingly for the first period and a half of their Game 3 Western Conference quarterfinal at the United Center. But they lost the argument and, for all intents and purposes, the game and possibly the series in a matter of 54 seconds as first Christian Ehrhoff, on a power play and then Daniel Sedin scored to give Vancouver a 2-1 lead midway through the second.
Neither was the winning goal for the Canucks. Mikael Samuelsson, who missed Game 2, would take care of that seven minutes into the third period on a second rebound off Hawks’ goalie Corey Crawford for the final 3-2 margin and a seemingly insurmountable 3-0 series lead.