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Blackhawks, Canucks rough each other up in Chicago's win

March 21, 2012

It's appropriate WWE Superstar CM Punk watched Wednesday night's Blackhawks-Vancouver Canucks bout, er, game from the seats at the United Center.

Like a heavyweight wrestling match, the Hawks and Canucks were in each other's faces all night. They nearly invented a new sport: wrestling on ice.

"This is what hockey's all about," Punk said during his second-intermission appearance on Comcast SportsNet's "Shoot the Puck" segment. "This is awesome."

Patrick Kane even mixed it up, for crying out loud, getting into a scrum behind the Blackhawks goal at one point and leveling Andrew Alberts with a manly body check later.

"That's a hockey game right there, that's fun hockey right there," Kane said after the game. "We're having a lot of fun right now."

Lost amid all the gloves hitting the ice and helmets being ripped off players' heads was an old-fashioned goalie duel. The Blackhawks' Corey Crawford and the Canucks' Roberto Luongo saved 22 and 34 shots, respectively, in regulation.

The goalies were so good, it took overtime to decide this one.

And the hero turned out to be Andrew Shaw, the Blackhawks rookie who isn't afraid to play dirty when he needs to.

Shaw knocked in a Johnny Oduya shot on goal with his leg at the 2:42 mark of OT to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 victory.

The win turned out to be big for the Blackhawks' playoff positioning. Their win tied the Blackhawks with Nashville at 92 points in the Western Conference's Central Division with two weeks left in the season.

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