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Canucks rally to secure road win over Blackhawks

</head> <body> <p>CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Vancouver Canucks rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday, scoring two goals in the final eight minutes to secure a first road win of the season.</p> <p>Mikael Samuelsson notched the game-winner at 15:18 of the third period, just three minutes after Michael Grabner tied the contest with his first NHL goal.</p> <p>"Everybody knows we hadn't won on the road and it means a lot to this group," Samuelsson told reporters. "We came back from their lead, so that was huge."</p> <p>Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo continued his strong recent form with 18 saves as he and the Canucks (4-5-0) earned a measure of revenge against the Blackhawks, who eliminated them from last season's Western Conference semi-finals.</p> <p>In the final game of the playoff series, Luongo surrendered seven goals but this time he made several key stops to preserve the win.</p> <p>"Obviously, nothing's going to bring back what happened last year," Luongo said. "They still won the series, we just won a game. But it's nice to be able to come in here and show we can win and just start moving on."</p> <p>Duncan Keith gave Chicago an early lead with a slap shot at 13:26 in the first period and Troy Brouwer converted a go-ahead tip-in at 18:51 in the second for the Blackhawks (5-3-1), who have lost two straight after winning four in a row.</p> <p>Canucks winger Steve Bernier converted a powerplay to tie the score at 1-1 just 46 seconds into the second period for Vancouver, who outshot the home team 31-20.</p> <p>Chicago netminder Antti Niemi recorded 28 saves in place of injured starter Cristobal Huet and took his first loss of the season.</p> <p>Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was leveled by Vancouver defenseman Willie Mitchell in the third period and did not play the final 14 minutes.</p> <p>(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)</p> </body> </html> </div><!-- end article-body --> </div><!-- end aticle-body-wrapper --> <aside> <ul class="social-share-btns 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