First-round breakdown: Canucks-Hawks

Updated: April 11, 2011, 12:30 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Maybe there are hockey gods, after all. The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks stewed all Sunday afternoon after losing to Detroit, then earned a backdoor route to the playoffs after Minnesota beat Dallas. The Hawks' first-round opponent: their old foes, the powerful Vancouver Canucks.

Chicago coach Joel Quenneville could barely contain himself late Sunday, saying he was like a kid at his first birthday party when he realized the Hawks were going back to the postseason.

"I ...

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