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

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Vancouver Canucks Josh Green shoots the puck past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin for his first goal of the season during the second period. (CP PHOTO/Richard Lam) Author: The Hockey News

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

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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.

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.

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