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The Morning After: 'Hawks Crush Canucks

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Mar 6, 2010 4:30PM

Blackhawks Crush Canucks
The Blackhawks put their foot on the gas in a relentless first period and cruised to a 6-3 victory over Vancouver in a physical game that saw plenty of shoving and swinging early. Andrew Ladd opened up the scoring less than four minutes into the game. Duncan Keith scored on a power play halfway through the first and was followed 30 seconds later by Troy Brouwer. The 'Hawks gave up a goal to Vancouver but then answered back as Kris Versteeg netted his 14th goal of the season and Jordan Hendry scored his first, giving the 'Hawks a 5-1 lead at the end of the first. The only other Blackhawks score would come from Marian Hossa late in the second. In net for the 'Hawks, Cristobal Huet made 20 saves, including going 7 for 7 on power plays. Meanwhile, the 'Hawks lit up gold meal winning goalie Roberto Luongo, scoring their first five goals on him and sending him packing in the second period. The win puts the 'Hawks in a first-place tie atop the Western Conference with San Jose; both teams have 91 points. Next up for the 'Hawks? The rival Red Wings come in for a nationally televised brunch-time match-up tomorrow (11:30 a.m., NBC).

College Basketball
wrapped up their regular season dropping their 12th straight game, losing to St. John's 90-82 in triple OT. The Blue Demons led by 16 at the half but gave that away in the second. Jeremiah Kelly hit two key shots at the end of the first overtime for DePaul to force the second OT, and again hit the game-tying shot to force the third OT. And that's when St. John's managed to pull away. Mac Koshwal had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead DePaul who, as the lowest seed in the conference, will next see action in the first round of the Big East tournament on Tuesday, March 9.

Spring Training
The Cubs rolled to 2-0 as the beat the Arizona Diamonbacks 8-7 while the Sox fell to the Dodgers 8-3. And while it may be just spring training, we're still excited to see our two teams square off today at 2:05 p.m. (WGN).