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Canucks try to build momentum in home test vs. Blackhawks

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Vancouver Canucks halted their longest losing streak of the season with a superb offensive effort on Friday. They'll hope to stay hot when the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks visit Rogers Arena on Saturday.

Vancouver lost five straight during a recent 0-3-2 stretch, marking the club's longest losing streak since an 0-5-3 skid from Jan. 9-31, 2009. However, the Canucks were able to put the slump to rest on Friday when they routed the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.

Henrik Sedin scored a pair of goals and Daniel Sedin added a goal and two assists to help the Canucks roll to a 6-2 win over Columbus. The offensive outburst came after Vancouver scored only six times during its recent slide.

Zack Kassian, Alexander Edler and Jeremy Welsh added goals for the Canucks, while Roberto Luongo needed to make only 14 saves for the win.

"We needed to get the puck to the net and keep shooting and we did that. We played well, we hadn't scored a lot, so it feels good," said Kassian.

Vancouver had been 0-1-2 on a six-game homestand before posting Friday's easy victory. The Canucks, who will complete their stay at Rogers Arena against Los Angeles on Monday, are 5-4-2 on home ice this season.

The Blackhawks, meanwhile, have won two of their last three games and are coming off Thursday's 6-3 triumph at Winnipeg. The victory came one game after Chicago began a stretch of seven straight games on the road by losing 5-1 at Colorado on Tuesday.

Chicago rebounded nicely from the loss in Denver, scoring three times against the Jets in the third period of Thursday's game. The Blackhawks held a 2-0 lead earlier in the contest, but allowed Winnipeg to tie it up at 3-3 by the end of 40 minutes.

Jonathan Toews had a goal and three assists to lead Chicago in the win, which improved the Blackhawks' road record this season to 6-3-1.

Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane each had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks. Hossa returned to action after missing the previous three games with a lower-body injury.

Patrick Sharp, Ben Smith and Brandon Saad also lit the lamp, while Corey Crawford stopped 22-of-25 shots for the victors.

"I really liked the way we played tonight," said Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville. "I thought we answered the bell at the start of the game, and answered the bell when they had their run there in the second, but I thought we had an excellent first and third period, and did a lot of good things to play the right way."

Vancouver won two of three meetings against the Blackhawks during last year's lockout-shortened campaign and the clubs have split the last 12 regular-season encounters in this series. Chicago has lost three in a row and four of five in Vancouver.

11/23 11:21:49 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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