Third period goals from Jonathan Toews and Marcus Kruger lifted Chicago over Vancouver 3-1. The Hawks clinched a playoff berth, while the Canucks five-game road winning streak ended.
Teuvo Teravainen opened the scoring for Chi-city seven minutes into the game, as he beat Eddie Lack and the ‘Nucks goalkeeper lost his stick.
With just over a minute to go, Chicago’s Michal Rozsival passed the puck right to Derek Dorsett inside the Hawks blue line. Dorsett faked Corey Crawford and roofed a shot high to the glove side.
There was no scoring in the second.
Captain Serious Jonathan Toews bagged the game winner for Chicago, after Johnny Oduya hit the cross bar and Toews out battled Dan Hamhuis to flick the puck in.
Two and a half minutes later, Vancouver rookie Bo Horvat had an uncharacteristic turnover and Marcus Kruger came in on a breakaway and beat Lack.
Corey Crawford stopped 35 shots for the home team, while Eddie Lack also played well, stopping 35 too.
Vancouver wraps the four-game road trip in Winnipeg on Saturday afternoon. Goalie Ryan Miller is expected to join the team Friday for practice in Manitoba.
The Canucks (95 points) remain four points up on third place Calgary in the Pacific Division, as the Flames lost in St. Louis 4-1.
The Kings defeated Edmonton in Socal 8-2.
Los Angeles now has the same amount of points (90) as eighth place Winnipeg, but the Jets have more wins then the Stanley Cup champs.