Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 40 shots in his first shutout of the season and the Chicago Blackhawks blanked the Vancouver Canucks 1-0 on Sunday night.
Brandon Hagel scored the game’s lone goal with a third-period tip-in, while Fleury earned his 68th career shutout — first with Chicago — and improved his recent record against Vancouver to 13-0-2.
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“It was a close game all night and playing on road, the guys play last night so it’s not easy for them to keep pushing, to have that energy to compete for 60 minutes the way we can, the way we want to,” Fleury said. “They hung in there, they skate hard, they help me out around the net with rebounds and stuff and blocked some shots. It’s very satisfying to get to that win here.”
Thatcher Demko stopped 23 of 24 shots for the Canucks, who controlled play through much of the first two periods but stuttered in the third, giving up an early goal and struggling to generate offense.
Vancouver coach Travis Green said he was frustrated with the result but not disappointed in how his group played.
“You get 40 shots, you don’t score a goal, you lose 1-0, it’s hard to complain about the effort of your team,” he said.
The Canucks got a late chance after Chicago’s Jake McCabe was called for interference on Tanner Pearson with just over two minutes left on the clock.
Vancouver peppered Fleury of shots and poured on the pressure with just 90 seconds to go, pulling Demko in favor…