Canucks lose net battle

HOSEA CHEUNG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

A goaltending duel at GM Place Sunday resulted in a 1-0 win for the Chicago Blackhawks, who extended their winning streak to seven games and snapped Vancouver's three straight victories at home.

Both Roberto Luongo and Antti Niemi made multiple stellar saves at either end of the rink to keep the game scoreless until early in the third.

Chicago's Bryan Bickell scored his first of the season 1:12 into the final frame to break the deadlock when he found a loose puck in the crease and slid it past Luongo.

The Canucks goaltender finished with 16 saves, while Niemi stopped all 30 shots to get his second shutout of the season.

Having missed 18 games with a broken foot, Daniel Sedin returned to the lineup but failed to register a point despite three shots on net and 18:18 of ice-time. However, his presence back on the top line helped Alex Burrows generate seven shots on net, while Henrik added another three.

"After his first game after more than six weeks off, he looked alright," said Alain Vigneault.

It was the first meeting at GM Place between the two teams since last year's playoffs and the second matchup this season, with Vancouver winning the first 3-2 in Chicago.

Vancouver has three days off before looking to boost their home win total to nine when they host the L.A. Kings on Thursday.


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