CHICAGO - MAY 09: Members of the Vancouver Canucks including Henrik Sedin #33 and Alexandre Burrows #14 celebrate a 2nd period goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on May 9, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

In Must-Win Game 5, Canucks Strike Early And Often, Down Blackhawks, 4-1

Kevin Bieksa paced the offense with a pair of goals and an assist, while Roberto Luongo made 29 saves, as the Vancouver Canucks staved off elimination with a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal series.

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Second City Hockey: That's Not How We Planned It

The Canucks turned things around tonight in Chicago, winning 4-1 to stay alive against the Blackhawks. The Canucks played a solid game but Chicago did what they could to give the game away, says Second City Hockey.

Not that the Hawks made things all that difficult though. The Hawks were all too willing to make sure the roles were completely reversed tonight – taking one stupid penalty after another. Actually, it might not be fair to say all the Hawks were taking penalties. In reality it was only three, Buff taking back to back penalties in the second, Eager being the moron we all know he can be and Marian Hossa taking two bad penalties of his own… one of which came a mere 4 seconds after Toews’ goal, killing any momentum that the Hawks could have been working to build late in the game. Nice one there Marian. The only non-repeat offender tonight was Antti Niemi, taking his first ever penalty in the NHL for a hooking call behind his net.

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Sami Salo Reportedly Has Ruptured Testicle, Testicle Has Own Facebook Page

There’s a lot of gruesome injuries out there you wouldn’t wish on anyone. Torn ACLs, ruptured spleens, etc. But I’m pretty sure most of us would deal with any of those if it meant that we’d never have to hear someone tell us we’ve ruptured our testicles. Such is apparently the fate of Sami Salo, who left Sunday night’s Canucks’ win in the first period after taking a slapshot to the groin.

And just so you understand the world we live in these days, Salo’s “solo” already has its own Facebook page. A Twitter handle and discussions with LeBron’s elbow can’t be far behind.

Update: And there he is.

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Vancouver's Sami Salo Taken To Hospital After Slapshot To Groin

Vancouver beat Chicago Sunday night 4-1 but they did it without defenseman Sami Salo, who left the game in the first period after taking a slapshot to the groin.

The shot hit Salo in the groin, but the injury appeared to be more serious than a typical strike in that area. He sprawled on the ice — a rarity for Salo, who through his numerous injuries has almost always made it to the dressing room on his own — and even after a few minutes could barely move with the help of teammates.

Salo has been taken to Northwestern Hospital for observation.

He wasn’t the only Vancouver defenseman to leave the game. Shane O’Brien also left the game in the second period after Chicago forward Dustin Byfuglien’s stick blade struck his forehead accidentally. O’Brien was bleeding profusely as he left the ice but he returned in the third period after receiving stiches.

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Canucks Stay Alive With 4-1 Victory Over Blackhawks

Kevin Bieksa paced the offense with a pair of goals and an assist, while Roberto Luongo made 29 saves, as the Vancouver Canucks staved off elimination with a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal series.

Christian Ehrhoff and Alexandre Burrows also lit the lamp for the Canucks, who had dropped three straight after winning the opener of this best-of-seven set. The Canucks will have to win the next two games if they want to advance, starting with Game 6 back home on Tuesday.

The Canucks are 0-4 in the second round of the playoffs since last reaching the conference finals in 1994, when they eventually lost to the New York Rangers in a seven-game battle for the Stanley Cup.

The last time Vancouver overcame a 3-1 deficit to win a series was against St. Louis in the opening round of the 2003 playoffs. The Blackhawks, though, are 13-0 all-time when winning three of the first four games of a postseason series.

The Canucks won Sunday despite losing defenseman Sami Salo at the end of the first period. Salo was hit by a shot near his groin section and was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.

Jonathan Toews, coming off a hat trick during a 7-4 victory in Game 4, had the lone goal for Chicago, which is trying to reach consecutive conference finals for the first time since 1989 and ’90.

Antti Niemi turned aside 20-of-23 shots in defeat.

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