CHICAGO — Roberto Luongo made 36 saves and the Vancouver Canucks showed why they were the Western Conference's top scoring team this season, routing the Chicago Blackhawks 5-1 Saturday night in the second-round series opener.
Luongo, who gave up seven goals in his previous playoff appearance at the United Center a year ago when Chicago beat the Canucks in clinching Game 6, was sharp throughout. He made 17 saves in the first period.
The Canucks stunned the Blackhawks with two goals in less than a minute — Mason Raymond scored with 10.5 seconds left in the first period and Henrik Sedin made it 3-0 just 32 seconds into the second.
Christian Ehrhoff, Kyle Wellwood and Michael Grabner also scored for the fast-skating Canucks against rookie goalie Antti Niemi, who faced 25 shots and was pulled after two periods with Chicago trailing 5-0.
Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. Comments that violate these standards, or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, are subject to being removed and commenters are subject to being banned. To post comments, you must be a registered user on toledoblade.com. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.