VANCOUVER -- The war of words between John Scott and Kevin Bieksa picked up again after taking Thursday morning off. Neither player spoke before the game, but Scott had something to say during and after the Chicago Blackhawks 5-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
“I was dying to get a run at Bieksa,” he said. “He’s been jumping the smallest guys on our team. I was hoping to get a run at him.”
The two had words at the end of the second period after Bieksa and Troy Brouwer had a scrum.
“[I] was just reminding him he’s not a good hockey player,” Scott said. “Someone has to tell him he’s not a good hockey player.”
The game looked like it might get out of hand when the second period ended with a small melee but the final 20 minutes were quiet, comparatively.
“Coach Q said be smart, protect yourselves,” Scott explained. “Initiate, don’t retaliate.”
Scott was asked if there was a lot of trash talking on the ice.
“They don’t really say much except for [Maxim] Lapierre. They just kind of bow their head and skate to the bench.”
It won’t be remembered with all the scoring and Roberto Luongo’s shortened night, but the Hawks got off to a slow start after Brian Campbell took a cross-checking penalty 16 seconds into the game.
“I thought our penalty kill was great tonight,” goalie Corey Crawford said. “They were blocking shots and clearing sticks and stuff.”
Crawford is being modest. He’s the reason that first Canucks’ power play and subsequent Vancouver momentum didn’t result in a goal.
“He had a special night,” Joel Quenneville said. “He handled the puck well. Right from the outset of the game. That first penalty kill...he was strong all night.”
Crawford stopped 36 shots for his first career playoff shutout.
Roberto Luongo has given up 10 goals on the last 40 shots he’s faced.
Crawford earned his second assist of the series on Hossa’s power play goal to open the scoring.
Duncan Keith led the Hawks with eight shots and four points.