VANCOUVER, British Columbia — It didn’t quite have the impact of “17 seconds,” but the Blackhawks’ quick-strike of two goals in nine ticks was pretty satisfying.
Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger scored seconds apart in the third period to lift the Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Canucks on Saturday night at Rogers Arena.
The goals were all Corey Crawford needed as the goaltender was spectacular with 36 saves to help the Hawks improve to 2-1-0 on their seven-game road trip and depart British Columbia with an NHL-high 36 points.
Crawford allowed a Ryan Kesler power-play goal in the opening period but was on top of his game to run his personal to 15-4-3 while playing in his 14th consecutive contest.
The Hawks ran into penalty trouble late in the first and it cost them when Kesler fired in a one-timer off a rebound with the Canucks holding a five-on-three advantage.
After a scoreless second, the Hawks struck twice in a hurry. First, Shaw redirected a backhand shot by Patrick Kane past Luongo to tie it. With many in the crowd still cursing, Kruger won a faceoff and raced into the offensive zone two-on-one with Brandon Bollig and fired the puck by Luongo.