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Green’s drought-ending goal gives Canucks 2-1 win over Chicago

Green gave the Canucks the lead in the second period after an industrious forecheck resulted in a delayed penalty call and goalie Roberto Luongo was off for a sixth attacker. Green circled the Chicago net and was in position to deposit Patrick Coulombe’s rebound behind netminder Nikolai Khabibulin.

The goal was also Coulombe’s first point as a Canuck since being called up from AHL Winnipeg five games ago.

Markus Naslund gave Vancouver an early lead with a power-play goal.

Tuomo Ruutu, who hit the base of the post in the third period, replied for Chicago.

The Canucks improved to 10-10-1 with their eighth consecutive home-ice win over the Blackhawks.

Chicago, which hasn’t beaten Vancouver at GM Place since Oct. 4 2001, lost in regulation for the first time in six games and dropped to 7-10-2.

The Canucks scored early after Coulombe and Henrik Sedin hit goalposts on Vancouver’s first man advantage.

They were still on the power play when Naslund snapped Daniel Sedin’s close-in back pass behind Khabibulin.

It was Naslund’s team-leading 10th goal of the season and third in his last three periods.

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The lead didn’t last long as Ruutu scored his second goal in as many games after Radim Vrbata recovered a puck from the skates of Vancouver defenceman Kevin Bieksa.

Vrbata whipped a centring pass to Ruutu who was alone in front of Luongo and fired the puck between the Vancouver goalie’s pads.

NOTES: Canuck Taylor Pyatt and Hawk Jim Vandermeer had a lengthy scrap in the third period … Winnipeg native Duncan Keith played his 100th NHL game on the Chicago blue line … the injury-plagued Blackhawks have had 15 new faces in the lineup this season … Vancouver centre Jan Bulis was back on the ice after missing Saturday’s practice because of the flu … the game ended a six-game Canuck homestand … they meet the Red Wings on Wednesday in Detroit … Vancouver beat Chicago 5-0 in their first meeting this season when Khabibulin and Ruutu were injured, along with Martin Havlat and Michal Handzus who are still out.