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Added April 27th, 2011 by Chalk

Canucks Outlast Blackhawks, Win Game 7 in OT
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“We never had any doubt.” That’s what Vancouver Canucks star Daniel Sedin said after his squad finally finished off the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks with a 2-1 overtime win in a deciding Game 7. It’s pretty hard to believe after the Canucks won the first three games of the series and then lost the next three to set up one last do-or-die game between the bitter rivals.

The Canucks held on to a 1-0 lead in Game 7 for about 55 minutes of game time, with goaltender Robert Luongo, who had been pulled from Games 4 and 5 and benched for Game 6, taking a shutout into the final two minutes of regulation. Blackhawks star Jonathan Toews tied the game with a shorthanded goal with just 1:56 left in the third period, and it’s hard to believe the Canucks were able to withstand the pressure.

Vancouver’s Alex Burrows had a night that was symbolic of his team’s series. He scored the first goal just 2:43 into the game, and drew a penalty shot that could have broke the game open in the opening minute of the third period. But he couldn’t beat Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford on the penalty shot, and then 24 seconds into overtime, he was sent to the penalty box for holding. The Canucks killed the ensuing power play, and 5:22 into the extra period, Burrows scored the game-winner.

Sedin was hardly diplomatic about the Blackhawks pushing the Canucks to the brink. “I don’t think they had any business being in a seventh game,” he said.

The night’s other Game 7 was far less dramatic, as the defending Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia Flyers survived with a 5-2 win over the seventh-seeded Buffalo Sabres.

 
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