After getting the Canucks on the board in the first period, Dickinson took a boarding penalty, with the infraction once again drawn by Debrincat. Despite the opportunity, the Blackhawks coughed up the puck, leading to a shorthanded scoring chance off the rush by J.T Miller.
Miller’s quick wrist-shot was denied by Kevin Lankinen, and the Canucks went on to kill the remainder of the penalty.
Vancouver took the lead once again, just five seconds before the midway mark of the game. After a couple of hard-working shifts, Tanner Pearson parked himself in front of the net, eventually deflecting Hughes’ point shot past Lankinen for his first goal of the season.
Conor Garland picked up the secondary assist.
Chicago pressed hard to find the equalizer, with Kane sending a lengthy cross-crease feed to a wide-open Seth Jones just moments later. Fortunately for the Canucks, Demko managed to get across the crease, sprawling to make the save just in the knick of time. It was his best stop on a handful of mid-period scoring chances from the Blackhawks.
With just over two minutes left in the middle frame, Vancouver found themselves on a 5-on-3 powerplay, and they didn’t waste any time padding their lead. Off his own rebound in the paint, Brock Boeser was able to roof the puck over a down-and-out Chicago goaltender for his first goal of the season.
Miller and Elias Pettersson collected the helpers on the play.
The Canucks entered the second intermission with momentum on their side, and were looking to close out the game in the final 20 minutes.