Raymond Scores, Vancouver Wins

     Mason Raymond had a first-period goal and assist and Vancouver went on to beat Chicago 5-1 Saturday night in an NHL second-round playoff series opener in Chicago:

From The Canadian Press

CHICAGO — Roberto Luongo made 36 saves and the Vancouver Canucks showed why they were the Western Conference’s top scoring team this season, routing the Chicago Blackhawks 5-1 Saturday night in the second-round series opener.

Luongo, who gave up seven goals in his previous playoff appearance at the United Center a year ago when Chicago beat the Canucks in the clinching Game 6, was sharp throughout. He made 17 saves in the first period.

The Canucks stunned the Blackhawks with two goals in less than a minute — Mason Raymond scored with 10.5 seconds left in the first period and Henrik Sedin made it 3-0 just 32 seconds into the second.

Christian Ehrhoff, Kyle Wellwood and Michael Grabner also scored for the fast-skating Canucks against rookie goalie Antti Niemi, who faced 25 shots and was pulled after two periods with Chicago trailing 5-0. Cristobal Huet came on in relief.

Chicago’s Patrick Kane ended Luongo’s shutout bid by scoring during a 5-on-3 power play early in the third period.

Game 2 is Monday night in Chicago.

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