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Blackhawks drop 5th straight with 3-0 shutout loss to Canucks

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Chicago had a season-high 49 shots and allowed a season-low 20 shots against.

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Vancouver Canucks Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Jacob Markstrom made 49 saves in his fifth straight start for the Canucks to shut out the Blackhawks 3-0 on Wednesday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

Brandon Sutter had a goal and two assists for Vancouver (32-21-5), which killed five penalties. Bo Horvat and Adam Gaudette also scored.

Corey Crawford made 17 saves on 19 shots for the Blackhawks (25-24-8), who are winless in five straight (0-3-2) and six of their past seven after a five-game winning streak. Chicago had a season-high 49 shots and a season-low 20 shots against, but suffered their fourth shutout loss this season.

The Blackhawks dominated play early with the first 13 shots on goal of the game before the Canucks registered their first one at 9:56.

Patrick Kane’s goal at 14:58 was disallowed because of goaltender interference by Brandon Saad, who “entered the crease on his own and prevented Markstrom from playing his position in the crease,” according to the NHL. Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton unsuccessfully challenged the call, which led to a delay of game penalty.

Colliton is 2-2 in his career on challenges, including a 2-1 mark this season with both wins on offside calls.

Horvat whipped home a one-timer from Brandon Sutter’s centering pass on a tic-tac-toe play to put the Canucks up 1-0 on the ensuing power play at 15:33.

Kirby Dach had a chance to tie it on the power play at 16:28 on a Duncan Keith rebound, but Dach dragged the puck to his backhand instead of shooting it right away.

After Markstrom made a save on Kane, Gaudette finished a tic-tac-toe play with a tap-in in front to make it 2-0 at 6:25 of the second. Jordie Benn started the sequence with a hit from behind on Drake Caggiula then retrieved the puck and sent it to Sutter below the goal line to set up the goal.

Chicago forward Zack Smith did not return for the third period after his right hand cut was cut by Elias Pettersson’s skate at the end of the second. Colliton said he expects Smith to be “out for a bit.”

The Blackhawks had two more power-play opportunities in the third and 16 shots on goal, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

Sutter scored into an empty net at 17:51 for the 3-0 final.

Game charts

Puck possession gameflow (five-on-five)
Shot heat map (All situations)

Three stars

  1. Jacob Markstrom (VAN) — 49 saves, 3.66 goals saved above average
  2. Patrick Kane (CHI) — 8 SOG (7 from the slot), 12 shot attempts
  3. Brandon Sutter (VAN) — 1 empty-net goal, 2 assists

What’s next

Chicago heads back to Alberta to visit the Flames on Saturday in Calgary.