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Canucks coach not happy with the Blackhawks
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Canucks coach Alain Vigneault wasn’t too happy with the players the Hawks were using on the power play with the game in hand Saturday.
His words only make the Hawks-Canucks rivalry more compelling.
“Obviously we’re going to have to find a way to play better at home against that team,” Vigneault said after the Hawks demolished his team 7-1.
“We basically embarrassed ourselves tonight in front of our fans, and they did everything they could tonight to rub it in our face — 6-0 and they throw their No. 1 power play unit [out there] when it’s a 5-on-3 [power play]. They have every right to do that. They did it. They were pushing it, and they did.”
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville was asked about his power-play personnel moments after Vigneault’s comments. The Hawks’ No. 1 power-play unit consists of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp and Brent Seabrook.
During a 5-on-3 in the third period, Quenneville sent out Kane, Toews, Viktor Stalberg, Duncan Keith and Nick Boynton. The Hawks’ only had a two-man advantage for 34 seconds — all game.
“It’s tough to comment because I don’t know what he’s talking about,” Quenneville said. “I was rolling four lines. I don’t know if that was an insult or not an insult, but I was worrying about playing everybody. I think I was probably doing it for the opposite reason than I think [why] you’re asking that question.”
In other words, Quenneville wasn’t trying to run up the score. Let’s not forget the Hawks were coming off a 7-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Friday.
Stalberg (:49), Boynton (:36), Jake Dowell (:56), Bryan Bickell (1:18), Jassen Cullimore (:43), Niklas Hjalmarsson (1:29) and Fernando Pisani (1:15) all saw time on the power play for the Hawks. None are on the Hawks’ first or second power-play units.