WINDY CITY WAR
The Canucks outlasted Chicago in their most recent playoff encounter
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
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.