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Jacob Markstrom had a career-high 49 saves as Vancouver Canucks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 Wednesday night after retiring the numbers of retired stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

 

Brandon Sutter had a goal and two assists, and Bo Horvat and Adam Gaudette also scored to help the Canucks win their second straight after a four-game skid (0-3-1).

 

Markstrom got his second shutout of the season and fifth of his career.

 

Corey Crawford finished with 17 saves as Chicago lost its season-high fifth straight (0-3-2).

Vancouver remains first in the Pacific Division with 69 points, three more than Edmonton and five ahead of Vegas.

 

The Blackhawk are six points back of Arizona for the final wild card in the Western Conference.

 

Vancouver was badly outplayed all night and needed some big saves from Markstrom to stay in the game. In the second period he stopped Patrick Kane's shot from the high slot after a giveaway by Quinn Hughes. In the first he also got a pad on a shot from an open Dominik Kubalik.

 

The Canucks led 1-0 after the first period despite being outshot 17-7. Horvat scored on a power play on a pretty three-way passing play with Sutter and J.T. Miller with 4 1/2 minutes left in the period.

 

The penalty came after Chicago asked for a review of a referee's decision to disallow a Blackhawk goal due to goaltender interference. The call stood and the Blackhawks were assessed a penalty for delay of game.

 

Gaudette made it 2-0 at 6:26 of the second. After Antoine Roussel found him alone at the side of the net, Gaudette beat Crawford for his 10th of the season.

 

Sutter capped the scoring with an empty-netter with 2:09 left.

 

The Blackhawks are at Calgary on Saturday night before wrapping up a five-game trip at Winnipeg on Sunday.

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