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Blackhawks snap losing streak with 4-goal barrage against Canucks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Chicago Blackhawks needed a wake-up call from the four-game losing streak they brought into Wednesday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.

Canucks forward Chris Higgins obliged just 16 seconds into the game.

He took a feed from Ryan Kesler and beat Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford for an early Canucks lead.

The Hawks didn't craft the proper response right away, but when they did it was quick and lethal. Marian Hossa, Brandon Saad, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp scored goals in a span of 7 minutes, 41 seconds in the second period to propel the Hawks to a 5-2 victory over the Canucks.

The triumph halted the Hawks' longest losing streak of the season at four.

The Hawks have two days off before continuing their six-game trip Saturday night in San Jose against the Sharks, and Wednesday afternoon coach Joel Quenneville stressed the importance of getting back on track against the Canucks.

"We need every game to get a chance to get feeling good about ourselves and get a win," Quenneville said. "We get a couple of days off here after this game, so let's make sure we understand the importance of trying to get a win here and get some confidence going on our team."

Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo needed a break in play five minutes into the game after a shot from Duncan Keith, but he stayed in the game and held the Hawks scoreless in the first period.

The Hawks outshot the Canucks 13-7 in the opening 20 minutes, but they still trailed 1-0.

Tom Sestito scored for the Canucks early in the second to push their lead to 2-0 before the Hawks responded.

Hossa kicked off the Hawks' second-period run with a power-play goal on a feed from Kris Versteeg 6:30 into the period, and Saad followed with a deflection of a Sheldon Brookbank shot.

Toews pushed the Hawks ahead and then assisted Sharp to cap the surge.

Saad added an empty-netter with 37.1 seconds left.

Quenneville said before the game that he expected a fast, tough game.

"When the game starts, there's always that history," Quenneville said. "It doesn't take much to revisit it, whether it's a hit, whether it's a scrum, whether it's a play around the net. Faceoffs, there's always some talking going on.

"But every time we play these guys, the pace is always unbelievable. Fast games, a lot of respect for both sides. What they can do off the rush, they're dangerous with the puck. I would expect when the game starts, the history, the building and fans, they get into it, so it will be fun."

Hawks center Michal Handzus said the Hawks want to finish strong before the Olympic break.

"We just want to snap out of it," Handzus said. "Get some wins, finish this road trip on a high note, get in the standings as high as we can before the Olympics start."

One-timers: Forward Bryan Bickell was back on the bench Wednesday. Quenneville said his play on Tuesday was "OK" and that the Hawks still needed more from him. Bickell also sat on the bench Sunday. ... On the other hand, Quenneville liked what he saw from center Brandon Pirri on Tuesday, his first game since he was recalled from AHL Rockford. Quenneville called his line with Versteeg and Patrick Kane "dangerous."

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