CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 17: Members of the Vancouver Canucks including Daniel Sedin #22 and Mikael Samuelsson #26 celebrate a 2nd period goal by Christian Ehrhoff #5 (center) as Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates off of the ice in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 17, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Canucks Vs. Blackhawks, Game 3: Vancouver Takes 3-0 Series Lead Over Defending Champs

Mikael Samuelsson scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, as the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2, in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series at United Center.

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Canucks Vs Blackhawks: Vancouver Pushes Defending Champs To Brink of Elimination With 3-2 Win

Roberto Luongo made 30 saves, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2, Sunday night in Chicago. Mikael Samuelsonn scored the game-winner for the Canucks 6:48 into the third period. Vancouver now leads Chicago three games to none in their Western Conference Quarterfinal, and can complete a sweep over the defending Stanley Cup champions Tuesday night.

Chicago had its chances, including seven power plays on the night. The Blackhawks opened the scoring on a power play goal by Duncan Keith, seven minutes into the contest. Chicago had an opportunity to take command of the game in the first period, with a 5 on 3 advantage for 77 seconds. But Luongo turned away scoring opportunities from Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, keeping the score 1-0.

Christian Erhoff tied the game 1-1, with a power play goal midway through the second, and Daniel Sedin put Vancouver up 2-1 with a goal 57 seconds later. 

Patrick Kane's power play goal at the 12:40 mark of the second knotted the score at 2. But Chicago could not put the puck past Luongo the rest of the way.

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Canucks vs. Blackhawks Final Score: Third Period Goal Gives Canucks 3-0 Series Lead

Mikael Samuelsson scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, as the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2, in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series at United Center.

Samuelsson, who missed Game 2 with an illness, returned to the lineup to give the Canucks a 3-0 series lead.

Christian Ehrhoff and Daniel Sedin both had a goal and an assist for Vancouver, which got 30 saves from Roberto Luongo.

Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp lit the lamp for the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, who can be eliminated in Game 4 on Tuesday.

Corey Crawford turned aside 23-of-26 shots for Chicago, which went 2-for-7 on the power play.

Game Four — which the Blackhawks must win or go to an early summer vacation — will be on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. CDT at the UC.

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Canucks Vs. Blackhawks Score: Christian Ehrhoff, Daniel Sedin Help Vancouver Tie

The Vancouver Canucks won the second period of Sunday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks, with Christian Ehrhoff and Daniel Sedin each scoring a goal as Chicago's Patrick Sharp also found the net. Sharp scored first on assists by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to give Chicago the 2-0 lead, but then Vancouver's offense got going.

Ehrhoff and Sedin scored on goalie Corey Crawford within a minute of each other. Crawford has seen 19 shots on goal tonight, with his counterpart, Roberto Luongo, stopping 23 of 25 efforts.

The penalty minutes difference: 10 to two, with Chicago holding the advantage. The Hawks have turned the puck over over three times as many times as Vancouver has, but are making it up by dominating faceoffs, 26 to 18.

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Canucks Vs. Blackhawks Score: Duncan Keith Gives Chicago 1-0 Lead

The Chicago Blackhawks are still hoping for their first win against the Vancouver Canucks in the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs, having fallen two games behind already. So far so good, as the Blackhawks lead 1-0 at the end of the first period.

Duncan Keith got Chicago's home crowd fired up with a power play goal with about seven minutes to go in the first, taking advantage of an assist by Jonathan Toews and a penalty on Christian Ehrhoff. That two-minute docking was picked up for tripping Marcus Kruger.

Vancouver has already dealt with eight penalty minutes, while Chicago has yet to visit the box. Home cookin'! The Blackhawks are dominating faceoffs 12 to six and have taken six more shots on goal.

Ryan Kesler leads Vancouver in shots on goal, with three.

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Canucks Vs. Blackhawks, Game 3: Chicago Showing Fight At Home

The Chicago Blackhawks will try to avoid falling behind three games to none in the Western Conference quarterfinals when the defending Stanley Cup champions host the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks tonight at United Center.

The Blackhawks won it all for the first time since 1961 last spring, but an offseason salary purge contributed to Chicago just making the playoffs as the West's eighth seed. Joel Quenneville's club now finds itself down 2-0 after dropping both games of the best-of-seven series in Vancouver.

Chicago is 4-31 all-time when falling behind two games to none in a series. The last time Chicago came back from an 0-2 deficit to win a playoff series was in the 1995 conference quarterfinals against Toronto.

Meanwhile, the Canucks, winners of the Presidents' Trophy, will try to keep the pressure on tonight as they try to avoid getting knocked out of the playoffs by Chicago for a third straight spring. The Blackhawks beat Vancouver in the Western Conference semifinals in each of the last two postseasons, claiming both series in six games.

Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo posted a shutout in Vancouver's 2-0 triumph in Game 1, but the Blackhawks gave the hosts a tougher test on Friday. Daniel Sedin had two goals and an assist as the Canucks held on for the 4-3 win at Rogers Arena.

The Sedin brothers were held without a point in Game 1, but combined for five points on Friday. Henrik Sedin finished Game 2 with a pair of assists.

"It was good to get the victory in both home games cause that is a championship team over there," said Daniel Sedin. "We've been staying out of the box and that has been key for us."

Luongo, who stopped 32 shots in the first game for his second playoff shutout, made 23 stops.

Ben Smith lit the lamp twice while Viktor Stalberg scored the other goal for the Blackhawks, who trailed by scores of 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2 in Game 2, but fought back to within one goal each time. However, Chicago never was able to tie the game after Jannik Hansen scored for the Canucks at 7:30 of the opening period.

Chicago rookie goaltender Corey Crawford was touched for four goals on 27 shots in the loss.

"We didn't get the win but we'll move forward and look forward to Sunday," said Smith.

On the injury front for Chicago, forwards Bryan Bickell (right wrist) and Tomas Kopecky (upper body) are questionable for today. Bickell was injured in Game 2, while Kopecky was hurt in the opener on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Canucks forward Mikael Samuelsson sat out Game 2 with the flu and is questionable for today's test.

However, the Canucks could have Raffi Torres back today, as the forward has completed serving a four-game suspension for elbowing Edmonton's Jordan Eberle late in the regular season. Torres is still questionable for tonight after battling recently with a bout of food poisoning.

The Blackhawks, who will host Game 4 on Tuesday, had a strong 24-17-0 record as the home team this season and were 8-3 at United Center during last year's playoffs. The Canucks had an excellent 27-10-4 as the road club this season.

Chicago and Vancouver have met two other times in the postseason in addition to their 2009 and 2010 semifinal bouts, and the Blackhawks own a 3-1 edge all- time against the Canucks in the playoffs.

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