Canucks go up 3-0 on champs

CHICAGO — Mikael Samuelsson scored the tiebreaker 6:48 into the third as the Canucks beat the Blackhawks 3-2 Sunday and moved within a victory of sweeping the defending champions.

Roberto Luongo made 30 saves for Vancouver, two during Chicago's five-on-three that lasted 1:17.

"Especially on that five-on-three … he gave us a chance to hang around and find a way to win," coach Alain Vigneault said.

The Blackhawks eliminated the Canucks the past two seasons. But these Canucks had the league's best regular-season record.

"We're not exposing them for what they are," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "A lot of people outside this locker room are giving them too much credit, and maybe we are as well. We know that we can be a better team than them, but we just haven't shown it yet."

Canucks 0 2 1 3
Blackhawks 1 1 0 2
Canucks 0 2 1 3
Blackhawks 1 1 0 2

First Period1, Chicago, Keith 1 (Toews), 6:54 (pp). PenaltiesEhrhoff, Van (tripping), 6:49; Torres, Van (roughing), 10:12; Bieksa, Van (elbowing), 10:55; D.Sedin, Van (holding), 17:20.

Second Period2, Vancouver, Ehrhoff 1 (H.Sedin, D.Sedin), 10:03 (pp). 3, Vancouver, D.Sedin 3 (Edler, Bieksa), 10:57. 4, Chicago, P.Sharp 1 (Toews, Kane), 12:40 (pp). PenaltiesScott, Chi (interference), 9:56; Torres, Van (interference), 12:14.

Third Period5, Vancouver, Samuelsson 1 (H.Sedin, Ehrhoff), 6:48. PenaltiesOreskovich, Van (charging), 3:39; H.Sedin, Van (hooking), 9:36; Campbell, Chi (elbowing), 10:46. Shots on GoalVancouver 10-9-7—26. Chicago 16-9-7—32. Power-play opportunitiesVancouver 1 of 2; Chicago 2 of 7. GoaliesVancouver, Luongo 3-0-0 (32 shots-30 saves). Chicago, Crawford 0-3-0 (26-23). A21,743 (19,717).

Rangers get bounces

NEW YORK — Brandon Dubinsky's goal — off Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner, goalie Michal Neuvirth and the stick of wing Alex Ovechkin — with 1:39 left gave the Rangers a 3-2 win and cut their series deficit to 2-1.

Neuvirth stopped 46 of 47 shots in the first two games.

"You try to make a conscious effort to shoot, jam the net and make it tougher on Neuvirth," Dubinsky said. "And we did that."

Rangers 0 1 2 3
Capitals 0 1 1 2

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesGilroy, NYR (holding), 15:01; Hendricks, Was (interference), 17:20; Knuble, Was (delay of game), 17:55; Christensen, NYR (goaltender interference), 19:43.

Second Period1, N.Y. Rangers, Christensen 1 (Wolski, McCabe), 5:30 (pp). 2, Washington, Ovechkin 2 (Arnott, Green), 19:00. PenaltiesGreen, Was (hooking), 1:13; Carlson, Was (cross-checking), 4:41; Ovechkin, Was (hooking), 8:50; Hannan, Was (holding), 10:41.

Third Period3, N.Y. Rangers, Prospal 1 (Staal, Dubinsky), 8:01. 4, Washington, Knuble 1 (Backstrom, Ovechkin), 14:48 (pp). 5, N.Y. Rangers, Dubinsky 1, 18:21. PenaltiesBackstrom, Was (tripping), 9:13; Gaborik, NYR (cross-checking), 13:38; Carlson, Was (roughing), 16:45; Boyle, NYR (roughing), 16:45. Shots on GoalWashington 7-7-11—25. N.Y. Rangers 8-11-16—35. Power-play opportunitiesWashington 1 of 3; N.Y. Rangers 1 of 7. GoaliesWashington, Neuvirth 2-1-0 (35 shots-32 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 1-2-0 (25-23). A18,200 (18,200).

Predators take 2-1 lead

NASHVILLE — Mike Fisher's third goal of the series, with 9:39 left, lifted the Predators to a 4-3 win over the Ducks and 2-1 series lead. Nashville is 4-0 in Game 3s at home (though it has lost all five of its previous playoff series).

Nashville led 2-0 after the first and outshot Anaheim 37-16.

"That could've been a real dagger if we let that one slip away," captain Shea Weber said.

Predators 2 0 2 4
Ducks 0 2 1 3

First Period1, Nashville, Erat 1 (Franson, Ward), 15:00 (pp). 2, Nashville, Tootoo 1 (Smithson), 15:38. PenaltiesSmithson, Nas (tripping), 3:31; Sbisa, Ana (roughing), 13:08.

Second Period3, Anaheim, Selanne 3 (Perry), 18:10 (pp). 4, Anaheim, Selanne 4 (Perry), 18:40. PenaltiesGetzlaf, Ana (slashing), :22; Koivu, Ana (high-sticking), 8:19; Marchant, Ana (boarding), 10:42; Getzlaf, Ana, major (fighting), 16:55; Fisher, Nas, major (fighting), 16:55; O'Brien, Nas (elbowing), 17:29; Marchant, Ana (roughing), 19:48; O'Brien, Nas (roughing), 19:48.

Third Period5, Nashville, Legwand 1 (Suter, Erat), 5:25. 6, Anaheim, Beleskey 1 (Koivu), 6:48. 7, Nashville, Fisher 3 (Kostitsyn, Suter), 10:21. PenaltiesKoivu, Ana (hooking), 17:40. Shots on GoalAnaheim 4-6-6—16. Nashville 12-15-10—37. Power-play opportunitiesAnaheim 1 of 2; Nashville 1 of 5. GoaliesAnaheim, Emery 1-1-0 (37 shots-33 saves). Nashville, Rinne 2-1-0 (16-13). A17,113 (17,113).

Around the league: Flyers coach Peter Laviolette did not say which goalie will start tonight. Brian Boucher stopped 20 of 21 shots Saturday in relief of Sergei Bobrovsky, who allowed three goals on seven shots. … Bruins star defenseman Zdeno Chara, who missed Game 2 with dehydration, will travel for tonight's Game 3. But coach Claude Julien declined to say if he will play.

Canucks go up 3-0 on champs 04/18/11 [Last modified: Monday, April 18, 2011 1:18am]

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