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Marc-Andre Fleury shines as Blackhawks blank Canucks

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Marc-Andre Fleury made 40 saves for his first shutout of the season to lead the visiting Chicago Blackhawks to a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.

Brandon Hagel scored the goal for Chicago, which won for the fifth time in six games under interim head coach Derek King.

Fleury broke a tie with Roy Worters for 14th place in NHL history with the 68th shutout of his career while improving to 13-0-2 in his last 15 starts against Vancouver. It was also his fourth consecutive win this season and the 497th of his career, which ranks third in NHL history.

Thatcher Demko made 23 saves for Vancouver.

The game was scoreless through two periods despite the fact that Vancouver dominated the action, outshooting Chicago 30-13, including four high-danger chances. But Fleury, with the help of the goal posts, was up to the task.

Three times in the second period, the Canucks rang shots off the iron. Brock Boeser did it the first time early in the period with a wrist shot from the bottom of the right circle off the far post. Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Elias Pettersson also both hit metal on shots over a 25-second span midway through the period.

Hagel then put the Blackhawks ahead at the 4:12 mark of the third period with his fifth goal of the season, redirecting Erik Gustafsson’s wrist shot from the left point with the shaft of his stick while jostling with 6-foot-8 Tyler Myers in front of the crease.

Vancouver nearly tied it midway through the period but Tanner Pearson’s shot from the right circle caromed off the crossbar.

The Canucks had a six-on-four advantage with 1:30 to go after Jake McCabe was penalized for interference and Demko was pulled for another extra attacker, but Fleury came up with four big saves, including two on slap shots by Pettersson.

–Field Level Media

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