Dickinson, Pearson, Boeser score first goals as Canucks beat Blackhawks – .

Dickinson, Pearson, Boeser score first goals as Canucks beat Blackhawks – .

CHICAGO – Jason Dickinson, Tanner Pearson and Brock Boeser scored their first goals of the season as the Vancouver Canucks outscored the Chicago Blackhawks winless 4-1 Thursday night.
Thatcher Demko made 29 saves and Conor Garland added an empty net with 1:02 left to help the Canucks (2-2-1) end a two-game slide. Vancouver scored two goals in the second period to take the lead definitively in the fifth of a six-game trip, their longest start to the season in team history.

Alex DeBrincat scored a power play goal for pulverizing Chicago, which fell to 0-4-1. Kevin Lankinen was precise stopping 22 shots, but the Blackhawks failed to concede offensively again despite a 30-25 lead over the Canucks.

The Blackhawks have been outscored 21-9 this season and haven’t led any of their five games.

Dickinson opened the scoring at 6:36 of the first period, tearing up a left circle landing shot at Lankinen’s glove in the upper right corner of the net. Dickinson converted Matthew Highmore’s pass behind the net.

DeBrincat’s power-play goal about two minutes later tied the game. He also connected on a left circle receiving shot which found the upper right corner _ set up by Patrick Kane with a cross feed from the left side.

Pearson scored on a deflection in the air from Quinn Hughes’ high shot from the blue line at 9:55 of the second period to give Vancouver a 2-1 lead.

Camped in net and covered by Chicago’s Calvin de Haan, Pearson redirected the puck down and under Lankinen’s glove as the Canucks completed a dominating change.

Boeser made it 3-1 with 1:39 left in the second, blocking a left edge rebound for the crease on a 5-3 power play after catching a cross pass from Elias Pettersson. Lankinen slipped and made a right pad save on Boeser’s first attempt, but the Canucks forward followed and threw the puck.

It was the Blackhawks’ first power play goal this season after killing 10 chances against them.


The Blackhawks greeted Patrick Kane’s 1,000th game in a pre-game video tribute and on-ice ceremony. Kane played the scoring game on March 9 in Dallas, but wanted to wait to celebrate it in front of a large crowd at United Center.

Kane was joined by his family _ including his girlfriend and toddler son Patrick Kane III _ and received a silver bat from Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. The two stars made their debut in the NHL with Chicago in 2007 and were the mainstays of the Stanley Cup champion teams in 2010, 2013 and 2015.


Vancouver coach Travis Green was behind the bench for that 294th regular-season game with the Canucks, tying him to Bob McCammon for the fourth-highest scrimmage in franchise history.

NOTES: Blackhawks F Dylan Strome was back in the lineup after being knocked out healthy in Chicago’s first four games? Vancouver D Hughes returned after missing Tuesday’s game in Buffalo with a lower body injury? Chicago F Mike Hardman did not play (concussion protocol) after absorbing a big hit by Islanders Matt Martin on Tuesday. ? Blackhawks assistant coach Tomas Mitell (COVID-19 protocol) missed the game. Player development advisor and former forward Chris Kunitz took his place on the bench.


Canucks: Conclude their six-game trip Saturday to Seattle, which will be the Kraken’s first home game.

Blackhawks: Host Detroit on Sunday.


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