Breaking News Bar
posted: 2/2/2018 7:00 AM

Gaunce scores twice, Canucks beat Blackhawks 4-2

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • Vancouver Canucks' Bo Horvat and Brendan Gaunce, right, celebrate Gaunce's goal against the Chicago Blackhawks as referee Dave Jackson skates past during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Vancouver Canucks' Bo Horvat and Brendan Gaunce, right, celebrate Gaunce's goal against the Chicago Blackhawks as referee Dave Jackson skates past during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
    Associated Press

  • Vancouver Canucks' Sven Baertschi (47), of Switzerland, is stopped by Chicago Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg, of Sweden, as Michal Kempny, right, of the Czech Republic, defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Vancouver Canucks' Sven Baertschi (47), of Switzerland, is stopped by Chicago Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg, of Sweden, as Michal Kempny, right, of the Czech Republic, defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
    Associated Press

  • Chicago Blackhawks' Anthony Duclair, left, and Vancouver Canucks' Erik Gudbranson collide during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Chicago Blackhawks' Anthony Duclair, left, and Vancouver Canucks' Erik Gudbranson collide during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
    Associated Press

  • Vancouver Canucks' Bo Horvat celebrates his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Vancouver Canucks' Bo Horvat celebrates his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
    Associated Press

  • Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) is stopped by Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom, left, of Sweden, as Michael Del Zotto (4) and Troy Stecher (51) defend during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) is stopped by Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom, left, of Sweden, as Michael Del Zotto (4) and Troy Stecher (51) defend during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
    Associated Press

  • Vancouver Canucks' Bo Horvat, right, has his shot blocked by Chicago Blackhawks' Jordan Oesterle in front of goalie Anton Forsberg, of Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Vancouver Canucks' Bo Horvat, right, has his shot blocked by Chicago Blackhawks' Jordan Oesterle in front of goalie Anton Forsberg, of Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
    Associated Press

  • Chicago Blackhawks' Nick Schmaltz falls to the ice under Vancouver Canucks' Brandon Sutter during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Chicago Blackhawks' Nick Schmaltz falls to the ice under Vancouver Canucks' Brandon Sutter during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
    Associated Press

 
 

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The big smile on Brendan Gaunce's face spoke volumes.

Gaunce scored his second goal of the game late in the third period, and the Vancouver Canucks overcame an early deficit to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Thursday night.

His first goal in the second period tied the game 1-1. He scored his second with just 2:58 left in the third period. It came as the Blackhawks were pressing after cutting the Canuck lead to 3-2.

"It's great to score goals," Gaunce said. "You gain confidence offensively."

Gaunce has played 109 games over parts of three seasons for Vancouver, collecting five goals and six assists. The 23-year-old once went 95 games without a goal. His previous two goals this season came on the road, so his last goal Thursday earned a huge cheer from the announced crowd of 18,144.

"I couldn't really hear," he said. "I was pretty zoned out after I scored. It's good to contribute."

Daniel Sedin and Bo Horvat also scored for the Canucks. Troy Stecher added two assists, and Vancouver won for the fifth time in eight games after a 2-11-3 stretch.

The Canucks also won back-to-back games on home ice for the second time this season.

Nick Schmaltz and Alex DeBrincat scored for Chicago, which ended a two-game winning streak. Duncan Keith had two assists.

Chicago has not won three straight games since a five-game streak Dec. 8-17.

Jacob Markstrom stopped 26 shots for Vancouver. Forsberg, making his third straight start, stopped 17 shots.

Daniel Sedin made it 3-1 for Vancouver with 2:55 gone in the third. Jake Virtanen collected a puck in the slot, spun and fired a quick shot that Sedin tipped.

DeBrincat drew Chicago within in a goal when he scored on a slap shot over Markstrom's glove at 10:19.

The Canucks used a pair of second-period goals to take a 2-1 lead.

Stecher also had a hand in Horvat's goal at 9:58. He took a slap shot from the blue line that Horvat tipped for his 12th of the season.

Schmaltz showed some speed in scoring the only goal of the first period. He took a pass from Brandon Saad, cut across the front of the net, then beat Markstrom with a backhand at 15:15 for his 14th goal.

Jonathan Toews said the Blackhawks gave up too many good chances.

"We need to be better defensively," he said. "When pucks are around our net we have to make sure we are a little bit tougher and we're not giving them easy chances around our net."

NOTES: D Erik Gudbranson returned to Vancouver's lineup after missing five games with back spasms. ... Blackhawk left wing Patrick Sharp was a healthy scratch for the third straight game. ... Vancouver's Sam Gagner didn't return for the second period after suffering an upper-body injury when hitting Chicago's Tomas Jurco in the opening period.

UP NEXT

Blackhawks: Play at Calgary on Saturday night.

Canucks: Host Tampa Bay on Saturday night.

___

More AP hockey: https://apnews.com/tag/NHLhockey

Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.