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Flames get past Blackhawks in overtime

And that’s not an unfair position for him to take. The Red Wings were badly outplayed for most of the night, but at least managed to come away with a point in the shootout loss thanks almost entirely to the play of Howard in net. #RedWings Babcock: Howie was good. Thats about it. Dana Wakiji (@FSDwakiji) October 16, 2014 2. Sometimes goalies steal games. Howard almost did it for Detroit, Hiller did do it for Calgary . Hiller stopped 49 of the 50 shots he faced in a 2-1 overtime win for the Flames, providing a nice reminder that weird things can happen in a single game and that the best team on a given night may not always win. 3. The Oilers are a bad defensive team. source: http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/10/16/6986615/nhl-scores-jonas-hiller-mikkel-boedker-hat-trick-coyotes-oilers-flames-blackhawks

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[ Stanley Cup of Chowder ] One week after his controversial debut , Scorch, the mascot for the Adirondack Flames has been “extinguished.”[ Post-Star ] Break out the horns! The UConn mens hockey team will be using Brass Bonanza as their goal song this season. [ SBN College Hockey ] During the official announcement that the Buffalo Sabres would be hosting the 2016 NHL Draft, commissioner Gary Bettman hinted that the city could see another outdoor game in its future. [ Olean Times ] Ted Nolan, your thoughts on Mondays 5-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks ? “That was like an NHL team playing against a peewee team. [ NHL.com ] Mike Milbury on why hes now against fighting in hockey. [ LA Daily News ] Its early, but Nail Yakupov is looking much better than last season. [ Oilers Nation ] Heres the exclusive tribute video that the Chicago Blackhawks plan to play when Brandon Bollig returns Wednesday night. [ Hockee Night ] The European Champions League is letting fans vote on the tournaments trophy design. [ Champions League ] On fans throwing their jerseys on the ice in disgust: When your team loses, you dont act out like a baby that didnt get his way. You take it in stride, walk back to your car and say oh well, maybe next time, it was still fun. If you cant handle your team losing, Ive got news for you. The world of sports is rough. Maybe stick with Disney movies or tween romance novels where the good guy always wins. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/gagne-signs-with-bruins–ahl-flames-replace-mascot—brass-bonanza–as-goal-song–puck-headlines-180725160.html

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The Blackhawks outshot the Flames 50-19, but Calgary goalie Jonas Hiller made 49 saves for the win. For the better part of the first 54 minutes, it appeared Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman’s mid-second-period goal would stand up as the only tally of the night. More coverage Wideman’s slap shot, his first goal of the season, sailed past Crawford (16 saves) at 11:55 of the middle period. Flames center Joe Colborne picked up the assist for his fifth point of the season. Despite the huge disparity in shots, Chicago failed to score until late in the third period. The Blackhawks finally tied the game when they capitalized on their seventh power-play opportunity of the night at 14:15 of the third period. Center Andrew Shaw’s tip-in even the score at 1-1. Forward Patrick Sharp slammed a hard slap shot from just inside the blue line, and Shaw deflected it at just the right time to get it past Hiller. It was Shaw’s second goal of the season, with Sharp and center Jonathan Toews earning assists on the play. Even with the goal, Chicago is just 3-for-16 in power-play situations. source: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/101514_Flames_get_past_Blackhawks_in_overtime.html

Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec (51 percent) has been the pickup of the season so far with four goals in four games. His frequent playoff linemate, Alex Galchenyuk , has assisted on two of those. STATS PRIOR TO OCT. 14 GAMES GOALS: 2 | ASST: 2 | PTS: 4 SOG: 4 | +/-: 2 HIGH CEILING: Derek Stepan ‘s injury didn’t bode well for Rick Nash , but the New York Rangers have shifted Martin St. Louis to center. Nash has already surpassed his 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs goal total (three on 83 SOG in 25 games) with four goals on nine SOG in three games. … Vancouver Canucks forwards Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin look like their old selves without John Tortorella. Their success hasn’t come against stiff competition, but their chemistry with Radim Vrbata puts them back on the map as a top-tier point pair. … Through two games, New York Islanders center John Tavares looks like a dark horse candidate to win the scoring title alongside Kyle Okposo , so deep-league owners should take a flyer on Cory Conacher (8 percent), who could see the splash effect. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/fantasy-top-100-forwards-line-combos-crucial-160000238–nhl.html

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The Oilers’ next seven games take place at home, with five of those contests coming against four teams that didn’t make the 2014 playoffs (although Vancouver, Nashville and Washington all have solid chances to change that). While more home games could mean more fans angstily chucking jerseys to the ice, it also gives the Oilers a chance to regain some confidence and cohesion. MAYBE COOLER HEADS SHOULDNT PREVAIL? The remarkable thing is that, in a more proactive world, the optics of this situation could conceivably prompt Daryl Katz to make a long-overdue housecleaning at the top of the dysfunctional Oilers organization. Kevin Lowe might not be the GM any longer, but this team still carries his stink. If I were Katz, Id offer Ray Shero and Dan Bylsma a gaudy amount of cash to renovate this shack (on the condition that they retain Hall and the quants they hired in the offseason). Shero had his hiccups in Pittsburgh, but Bylsmas success is underrated in particular; its easy to focus on playoff letdowns and forget how well Bylsma handled seemingly calamitous injuries year after year. Ultimately, its very difficult to imagine the current Oilers front office suddenly getting it considering the overarching pattern of misstep after misstep. MESSY VS. CLEAN Heres where the Flames re-enter the conversation: the problem is that while one rebuilding team almost has a clean slate, the other is stunningly shackled by bad bets. Hall is easily worth $6 million, but Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle getting the same deal opens up problems for other contract talks with young pieces (especially if Nail Yakupov greatly improves his negotiating power with a strong 2014-15 run). source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/dose-baffle-alberta-093500982–nhl.html

 

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