Vancouver Canucks’ Jake Virtanen, right, celebrates his second goal with teammates Bo Horvat, back left, and Ben Hutton during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Vancouver, on Wednesday October 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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VANCOUVER — Jake Virtanen scored twice on Wednesday, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

It was the first two-goal game of the 22-year-old right winger’s career.

Brendan Gaunce and Antoine Roussel also scored for the Canucks (8-6-0).

Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews responded for Chicago (6-4-3).

Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped 24 of 26 shots and Corey Crawford turned away 24 of 28 for the Blackhawks.

Chicago was first on the scoreboard, with Saad scoring his third goal of the season midway through the first period.

The left winger beat Canucks defenceman Erik Gudbranson in Vancouver’s end and put a hard shot on net. Markstrom seemed to get a piece of it but the puck trickled in underneath him for the first goal of the night.

Virtanen responded for the Canucks in the 15th minute after the Blackhawks turned over the puck in the neutral zone.

He picked up speed on the breakaway and put a high shot in past Crawford.

The Blackhawks got back on top with a power-play goal early in the second frame after Canucks defenceman Michael Del Zotto took a cross-checking penalty late in the first.

Toews fired a wrister from the top of the faceoff circle, sailing the puck in past Markstrom. He now has 299 goals for the Blackhawks — the sixth most in franchise history.

Chicago is 30th in the league on the power play. Wednesday was the sixth time this season that the Blackhawks have scored with the man advantage.

Virtanen followed with his second of the night just over 12 minutes into the second period. He scooped up a pass just inside the blue line and fired a quick shot past Crawford to tie the game once again.

Virtanen has five goals and two assists this season.

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Gaunce notched the go-ahead goal halfway through the third period after he snatched up a Blackhawks’ pass.

The goal was the sixth of the centre’s NHL career, with the last one coming on Feb. 1.

He also registered an assist on Roussel’s late-game goal.

Wednesday marked Gaunce’s first game with the Canucks this season. He was called up from the American Hockey League Utica Comets on Tuesday to help fill out a roster that’s been riddled with injuries early in the season.

Another name may have been added to Vancouver’s injury list in the win.

Defenceman Troy Stecher went flying in the third period after colliding with Chicago’s Brandon Manning in Vancouver’s end.

Stecher went to the locker room after being looked at by a trainer on the ice.

The team is already missing a number of players, including defenceman Alex Edler, goalie Anders Nilsson and left winger Sven Baertschi.

The Canucks have one bout left in their four-game homestand. They’ll host the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press

 

Vancouver Canucks’ Derrick Pouliot (5) checks Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Wednesday October 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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