Friday, Dec. 3, 2010
Updated 1:14 p.m.
By Tracey Myers
Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault wasnt happy with what he called the Blackhawks rubbing it in in their last matchup in Vancouver, and he wasnt backing down from that prior to tonights game at the United Center.
The Blackhawks were up 6-0 when they went on a 5-on-3 power play midway through their 7-1 victory on Nov. 20. Their on-ice personnel for that power play were Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Viktor Stalberg, Nick Boynton and Duncan Keith. Vigneault took exception to the Blackhawks putting on what he called their No. 1 power-play unit
I think its every teams right to do what they want, he said outside Vancouvers locker room this morning. We obviously werent very good, 5 on 3 you send Kane and Toews on the ice. They have every right to do that, they did it, and thats it.
The Canucks had a late power play in their 7-2 rout over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. Vigneault said the Canucks fourth line was on that advantage, on which they did score.
The Blackhawks fourth line had just come off the ice prior to that sequence. Told that Boynton and Stalberg are not part of the teams top power-play unit, Vigneault said, come on. Be serious. Toews and Kane, its 6-0 going into the third, what do you think? Lets be serious.
The rivalry between these two has built over recent years, especially with the Blackhawks eliminating Vancouver in two consecutive playoffs. As far as that last game, the Blackhawks are downplaying the situation.
I dont think theres anything to it, to be honest, Troy Brouwer said. Some games teams just dont have it and that might have been their game. For us, Q was rolling four lines. Youre not just going to bench Toews line for the rest of the game. You roll four lines and they just happened to be out there.
Marty Turco is ready to get back in net tonight against the Canucks, whom he took a 3-2 shootout decision over here earlier this season. For Turco, its all about being ready for that next start.
Its about positives. The best one is were winning and on a streak and thats all I want; and to get in there and play and make a difference, he said. Those are things that make my world to round. All I think about is what I can do every day to get better.
Fernando Pisani did not skate again this morning and is out for tonights game.
Roberto Luongo will start for the Canucks tonight.
Jordan Hendry is looking like the healthy scratch again tonight.