WINDY CITY WAR

The Canucks out­lasted Chicago in their most re­cent play­off en­counter

The Hockey News - Rivalries 2014 - - Team Vs. Team -

THE VAN­COU­VER CANUCKS will for­ever have a blood feud with di­vi­sion ri­vals from Canada, the Cal­gary Flames and Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers, but epic bat­tles with the Chicago Black­hawks in three con­sec­u­tive play­offs have been a trend­ing topic in re­cent sea­sons.

After not fac­ing each other in the post­sea­son the pre­vi­ous 14 years, the Canucks and Black­hawks locked horns back-to-back-to­back start­ing in 2009. Chicago won the first two en­coun­ters – both went six games in the sec­ond round. The Hawks ended up win­ning the Stan­ley Cup in 2010. In 2011, for­tunes turned in Van­cou­ver’s fa­vor. But it wasn’t easy. The Canucks won the first three games of the

ALEXAN­DRE BUR­ROWS

open­ing-round se­ries against the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons, but Chicago ral­lied to even the se­ries, in­clud­ing an over­time thriller in Game 6. When Alexan­dre Bur­rows scored in over­time of Game 7, it averted a choke of his­toric proportions. Since then, a game be­tween the Canucks and Black­hawks has al­ways been spe­cial.

The two teams meet Nov. 23, Feb. 11 and April 2.

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