Vancouver Canucks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 in the first-round playoff

April 14, 2011

The Associated Press

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April 13 - Keith Ballard of the Vancouver Canucks jumps on the back of Tomas Kopecky Game 1 of the Western Conference

Chris Higgins and Jannik Hansen scored in the first period, Roberto Luongo made 32 saves, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 in the first-round playoff opener on Wednesday night.

Corey Crawford made 31 saves in his first playoff start as Chicago opened its defense of the Stanley Cup with a loss.

The Canucks are the top seed in the Western Conference and the Presidents' Trophy winners, but the Blackhawks aren't the average No. 8 seed. Chicago knocked the Canucks out of the playoffs the previous two seasons and was formidable again in Game 1.