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Canucks coach not happy with the Blackhawks

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Canucks coach Alain Vigneault wasn't too happy with the players the Hawks were using on the power play with the game in hand Saturday.

His words only make the Hawks-Canucks rivalry more compelling.

"Obviously we're going to have to find a way to play better at home against that team," Vigneault said after the Hawks demolished his team 7-1.

"We basically embarrassed ourselves tonight in front of our fans, and they did everything they could tonight to rub it in our face -- 6-0 and they throw their No. 1 power play unit [out there] when it's a 5-on-3 [power play]. They have every right to do that. They did it. They were pushing it, and they did."

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville was asked about his power-play personnel moments after Vigneault's comments. The Hawks' No. 1 power-play unit consists of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp and Brent Seabrook.

During a 5-on-3 in the third period, Quenneville sent out Kane, Toews, Viktor Stalberg, Duncan Keith and Nick Boynton. The Hawks' only had a two-man advantage for 34 seconds -- all game.

"It's tough to comment because I don't know what he's talking about," Quenneville said. "I was rolling four lines. I don't know if that was an insult or not an insult, but I was worrying about playing everybody. I think I was probably doing it for the opposite reason than I think [why] you're asking that question."

In other words, Quenneville wasn't trying to run up the score. Let's not forget the Hawks were coming off a 7-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Friday.

Stalberg (:49), Boynton (:36), Jake Dowell (:56), Bryan Bickell (1:18), Jassen Cullimore (:43), Niklas Hjalmarsson (1:29) and Fernando Pisani (1:15) all saw time on the power play for the Hawks. None are on the Hawks' first or second power-play units.

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The Canucks suck..Im sorry but that had to be said. Vigneault always has a reason when his team gets pounded. Ryan Kesler is a stud, yet he underperforms on that team..why? Because Vigneault has no clue what hes doing. And all that money paid to Luongo??? Hes a head case. You D-Men and forwards win it for you. Goalies can steal the game from time to time.. but four lines win you cups. One of the top five poorest coached teams in the NHL... and the Canucks will continue to get bounced in the playoffs. I like beating the Canucks more then the Wings these days. The Wings play hard all the time. The Canucks??? Whine and get beat 7-1.

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