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posted: 5/6/2010 12:01 AM

Forecast calls for more tough tactics

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - More snow showers figure to be in the forecast for the rest of the second-round playoff series between the Blackhawks and Canucks.

Hawks fourth liners Adam Burish and Ben Eager angered the Canucks in Game 2 on Monday when they sprayed goalie Roberto Luongo with snow from their skates as they stopped at the top of the crease.

Vancouver defenseman Shane O'Brien called what Burish and Eager did "disrespectful," which gave Burish a good chuckle on Wednesday.

"If that's disrespectful, hitting me is disrespectful too because I hate getting hit," Burish said prior the Hawks' 5-2 win in Game 3. "Please don't hit me then because that's disrespectful.

"If you slash me off a faceoff, please don't do that because that's disrespectful, too. There's lot of things you can call disrespectful in a game. That's part of it and if you don't like it find a new sport. In Game 1 they did it to our guy, too. Get over it."

Burish was back for more in Game 3 on Wednesday after giving the Hawks just want they wanted in Game 2, when he made his first appearance of the series. While Burish and Eager played less than five minutes each, the Hawks continued to crash the crease and got to goalie Roberto Luongo for 5 goals - all on rebounds.

Burish said he was warned before Game 2 by what he said were NHL officials.

"I think I had 10 warnings from people before the game even started not to do this tonight, you can't do that; they're going to be watching for this, they're going to be watching for that," Burish said. "I said, 'OK, good, I'm going to be trying to do this and trying to do that, so keep an eye out for it.'"

The Canucks did not beef up their lineup for Game 3, but that could change for Game 4 on Friday with tough guy Darcy Hordichuk possibly making his first appearance of the playoffs.

In the first two games of the series it was clear the Canucks had been instructed not to retaliate to whatever the Hawks were doing, but they took some bad penalties in Wednesday's loss that resulted in 2 Hawks power-play goals.

"Whatever approach they want to take, I don't care," Burish said. "If they want to ignore me, if they want to engage with me, if they want to hit me and punch me, I don't care.

"I'm going to continue to do what I think can to help our team win. If I can get in Luongo's face, or hit their d-men all the time, or can or disrupt their top players, I'm doing it for us because I think it can make a difference over a long series. Those things add up and by the end of it, hopefully, they say I'm sick of this guy, I'm done with him, I don't want to play against him anymore."

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