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Hawks fail to hang on to early lead
Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon said Tuesday he is on the lookout to add more offense.
The disparity in the depth of offensive players between the Hawks and their opponent Tuesday, the Vancouver Canucks, was evident.
The Canucks got goals from three different lines in a 3-1 victory over the Hawks, snapping the Hawks' three-game winning streak and dropping them to 2-1 on their five-game road swing.
The trip now moves to Southern California, where the Hawks will face the Los Angeles Kings Saturday and Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Sunday.
"We made too many mistakes," Hawks coach Trent Yawney said. "You can't make mistakes against a team like that. They bury them."
The Canucks' top line of Brendan Morrison, Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi got the Canucks rolling, but they weren't their best threesome, evidence as to why the Canucks are leading the Pacific Division and are a serious threat to win the Western Conference.
The line of Richard Park, Ryan Kesler and Jarkko Ruutu, a scrappy third line that gets under the opponent's skin, created chance after chance.
But it was the Hawks that jumped out to a lead late in the first period, and it was the top line of Mark Bell, Kyle Calder and Rene Bourque that came through again.
Calder sent a pass across the front of the net that went behind a charging Bourque but found Bell to the right of Vancouver goaltender Alex Auld. Bell took his time and picked a spot right over Auld's left shoulder for his fourth goal in the last six games.
It was also Calder's seventh assist in the last four games.
The goal came in the final minute of a speedy and well-played first period in which, for stretches, the Hawks' forecheck had the Canucks pinned deep in their own end.
When the two teams last met here, back in October, the Hawks had played the Canucks even through 20 minutes only to have a meltdown and allow four goals in the second.
Once again Tuesday, Vancouver took the lead in the second on the power play.
After killing off dangerous power plays in the first two games of the trip in Calgary and Edmonton, they were unable to do so against the Canucks.
Jassen Cullimore turned the puck over at the Vancouver blue line and then took a tripping penalty trying to recover.
Naslund was left alone to the left of Nikolai Khabibulin and jumped on a pretty feed from Morrison to tie the game 1-1 at the 4-minute-9-second mark of the second period.
The goal gave the Canucks life and 1:08 later they had the lead.
Khabibulin, who was whistled in Calgary for playing the puck outside the designated area, was hesitant to play a Vancouver dump-in. That allowed Kesler to reach the puck first and he sent a quick centering pass to Park.
As Khabibulin was repositioning himself, Park sent a shot just wide of the net. The puck came around the other side, where Kesler knocked it past Khabibulin to make it 2-1.
Henrik Sedin closed the scoring at 16:56 of the third.