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Blackhawks chase Luongo with 4-goal first

CHICAGO (AP) — Andrew Ladd, Duncan Keith, Troy Brouwer, Kris Versteeg and Jordan Hendry scored first-period goals to chase Olympic gold medal-winning goalie Roberto Luongo in the Chicago Blackhawks' 6-3 victory over Vancouver on Friday night.

Marian Hossa added a goal and assist, and Jonathan Toews had two assists to help Chicago win for the sixth time in seven games and pull into a first-place tie with San Jose in the Western Conference.

Luongo, making his second start since backstopping Canada to the Olympic title Sunday, was replaced by Andrew Raycroft to start the second.

Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows and Mikael Samuelsson scored for the Canucks, whose two-game winning streak ended.

Chicago's Cristobal Huet stopped 20 shots. He made his second straight start after Antti Niemi started five in a row for the Blackhawks.

Luongo and Vancouver's defense struggled in a first period punctuated by shoving matches and skirmishes, and Chicago built a 5-1 lead.

Luongo made three tough saves during an early 5-on-3 Chicago power play, then allowed a soft goal to Ladd at 3:48. Ladd shoveled a backhander on goal from the right boards that deflected off the shaft of Luongo's stick and wobbled in.

After the Blackhawks killed a 5-on-3 Vancouver advantage a few minutes later, they took charge.

Keith's power-play goal at 10:22 made it 2-0. With Luongo down and a wild scrum in front of the net, Keith aimed in a high shot from 40 feet out in the slot.

Brouwer made it 3-0 just 31 seconds later. He drove to the net and rammed in the puck after Luongo deflected Niklas Hjalmarsson's centering pass.

Kesler fooled Huet with a screened shot from right circle with 5:51 left in the first to cut it to 3-1. But Versteeg replied 59 seconds later when he skated unchecked from left wing, cut across the crease and beat Luongo high on the glove side.

Hendry, a defenseman, scored his first goal of the season with 43 seconds left when he took a centering pass from Toews and drove down the slot to the net.

Burrows cut it to 5-2 at 2:05 of the second. He blew past the Chicago defense fired a shot that went in off the post.

Hossa scored on a screened shot late in the third — a second after a Chicago power play expired — to make it 6-2.

Samuelsson completed the scoring on a screened shot with 2:51 left in the third.

NOTES: The Canucks played the 11th game of the NHL-record 14-game trip interrupted by the Olympic break. They're 6-5-0 on the trip, which ends March 10 at Phoenix. ... Vancouver D Andrew Alberts, acquired from Carolina on Wednesday, played his first game with the Canucks. He fought Chicago D Brent Seabrook midway through the first period. ... Chicago evened its season series with the Canucks at 2-2-0 in the final regular-season meeting between the teams. ... Canucks RW Steve Bernier missed his second game and has returned to Vancouver to be evaluated for an abdominal injury.