Limiting Canucks' Sedins key for Blackhawks
The Canucks' Daniel Sedin (left) confers with brother Henrik during a game. (Reuters)
That was certainly a good sign for the Hawks and their defense, even if it did come on a night of bad news as the Stanley Cup champions fell 2-0 Wednesday to fall behind in the best-of-seven series that continues with Game 2 Friday night at Rogers Arena.
"(The Sedins) aren't easy to shut down," Hawks defenseman Chris Campoli said. "The best thing you can do is limit them to hopefully lower-percentage areas of the ice and get them low-percentage chances and shooting from outside. It’s tough to do. As a defenseman, my biggest asset in shutting down anyone is our goalie (Corey Crawford) and he’s done a great job. Going forward it’s going to be a challenge for us and it’s one that we’re looking forward to. It’s going to be a big key to the series."
Daniel Sedin led the NHL in scoring with 104 points -- including 41 goals -- this season but was limited to three harmless shots that Crawford handled. Henrik Sedin (19 goals, 45 assists for 94 points), failed to get off a shot as the Hawks shut down the Canucks' top line. Instead, Vancouver got scores from second-liner Chris Higgins and Jannik Hansen, who resides on the third line.
"People have to realize that this is the playoffs -- we don’t really care who’s scoring," Henrik Sedin said. "Every guy on the team has a job to do and that’s to play the right way. Even if you don’t score, you have to ... not hurt your team. Some nights you’re not going to score."
One-timer: The Canucks will hold their morning skate in preparation for Friday night's game at 12:30 p.m. Central at Rogers Arena and the Hawks will hit the ice an hour later. Follow Team Tribune on Twitter via @ChrisKuc and @ChiTribHamilton for updates throughout the day.