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Crease-crashing Hawks a problem for Luongo, Canucks

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VANCOUVER - After seeing more traffic than the Lions Gate Bridge during rush hour, Roberto Luongo says the Vancouver Canucks need to do more crease crashing at the other end.

The Vancouver Canucks goalie had Chicago sweaters gridlocked in front of him much of Wednesday night as he allowed four goals on rebounds in a 5-2 Stanley Cup playoff loss.

?That?s the way they play,?Luongo said.?The only way we can answer to that is doing the same thing on the other side.?

Dustin Byfuglien, the six-foot-four, 245-pound converted defenceman who?s harder to move out of the way than an 18 wheeler, scored all three of his goals in traffic.

Two were directly from rebounds and the third came when his presence in front of the net resulted in both Luongo and the puck being pushed into the goal.

?You try the best you can,?a frustrated Luongo said of the Blackhawks?ability to set up light housekeeping in his crease and Byfuglien?s last goal.

?What else are you going to do? You can?t argue a call like that. Once it?s called, it?s called.

?You try doing your best to hold your ground but sometimes it?s impossible.?

And Chicago forwards driving to the net when a shot?s coming from the point poses another problem.

?When there?s traffic sometimes it tough to control a rebound,?Luongo said.

?(Chicago defenceman) Duncan Keith has a clapper from the top of the circle. I don?t know how you can control a rebound like that.?

He didn?t and Byfuglien made it 2-0 on a first-period power play.

?It squirted out, I tried to cover it and obviously there was some sticks there whacking at it,?Luongo said.

Hawk defenceman Brian Campbell said the Canucks, who trail the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal 2-1, shouldn?t expect any change in Game 4 here Friday night.

?You have to battle for rebounds,?said Campbell who seems fully recovered from a broken collarbone and rib when hit by Washington?s Alex Ovechkin last March.

?Buff scored a couple tonight. He's not the smallest guy to move away. We have to keep shooting pucks and getting them through.?

Alex Burrows said the Blackhawks seem to have found a way to cause a distraction in front of Luongo without taking penalties.

?There?s a fine line there but they?re going in there hard and they?re getting in Louie?s face,?said Burrows.

?We have to be better in front of both nets. They?re finding ways to get the rebounds and we just have to make sure we win those battles.?

The Canucks also lacked discipline, giving up two power-play goals on six opportunities after killing 16 of 18 man-advantage situations in their previous three playoff games.

?It wasn?t very good,?Kyle Wellwood said of the Canucks?emotional control.?Our game plan is to stay out of that stuff.

?We played a good first period but we didn?t get any breaks and I think the frustration just got the guys and we?re going to have to change that if we?re going to win the series.?

Burrows, one of the Canucks?prime penalty killers, was suckered into an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by Campbell. He constantly prodded the Hawk defenceman in the chest as the referees looked on.

Byfuglien put Jonathan Toews?rebound behind Luongo 34 seconds later.

?I?ve got to be smarter on that play,?Burrows said.?There?s a fine line between going to the box and not. They called me and I?ve got to be smarter.?

Daniel Sedin, who took a coincidental roughing minor and got into an uncharacteristic scuffle with Hawk forward Dave Bolland, agreed.

?We took a few stupid ones,?Sedin said.?They played us tight tonight and we?ve got to be smarter. When they have the lead it?s a tough team to play.?



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