This win ties the Blackhawks for the best start in NHL history, as they have yet to lose in regulation this season.
Scoring chances came early and often during the first period, as the Blackhawks found themselves with multiple breakaway opportunities to start the game, but were unable to find the back of the net.
Daniel Sedin started the scoring for Vancouver after netting a backhander for the lone goal of the first period.
Marian Hossa scored two of the Blackhawks' three second-period goals, which gave the Hawks a 3-1 advantage going into the third period.
Chicago's lead lasted until late in the final period, but the Canucks answered back with two goals of their own in the final three minutes off the sticks off Alexander Edler and Kevin Bieksa.
Those goals sent the game into overtime.
Both teams had plenty of chances to score the game-winner in the extra period, but nothing came of those opportunities, and that forced a shootout.
Patrick Kane started the scoring with a goal after Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider's glove guided the puck into the net. Christopher Higgins answered right back to tie up the shootout score at one.
Andrew Shaw wasted no time responding and flew at the net with great speed to roof a backhander that proved to be the game-winner for Chicago. Ray Emery made a glove save on Vancouver's final chance of the shootout to seal the deal.
Emery is now 6-0 with Chicago, and as The Stats Guy Twitter page points out, he's no stranger to great starts:
Razor Sharp Starts: Ray Emery started career 9-0 with Sens, started the 2010 season with Ducks 6-0, has started this season with Hawks 5-0— THE STATS GUY (@TH2NSTATSGUY) February 20, 2013
Here's a picture of Hossa's reaction to his second goal of the night—which was a result of strong individual effort—and a proper quote to go along with it, per the Blackhawks Twitter page:
Jannik Hansen is lucky that Jordan Bernfield of WGN radio is not the commissioner of the NHL after his hit on Hossa:
Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago gave us a breakdown of the Canucks goal that was eventually disallowed:
Ref pointed that the Canucks scored, looked again, then waived no. Sooo… they'll look. CSN replay: never crossed the line. #Blackhawks— Tracey Myers (@TramyersCSN) February 20, 2013
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN and TSN expressed his interest in seeing these two teams meet in the playoffs after the game went to overtime:
Count me in for another Canucks-Hawks playoff series. Bring it.— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) February 20, 2013
SportsCenter's Twitter page let us know how the Blackhawks made history after this game:
HISTORY MADE: Blackhawks (13-0-3) beat Canucks, 4-3 & tie NHL record for consecutive games to start a season recording at least 1 point.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 20, 2013
Josh Rimer of NextSportStar.com gave us the latest on the Hansen hit:
Been told to expect that Jannik Hansen will have a hearing at some point for his head shot to Hossa! NHL looking at it now.— Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey) February 20, 2013