Nhl Recap – Calgary Flames At Chicago Blackhawks – Oct 15, 2014 – Cbssports.com

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The 2014-15 season began without enforcers such as Jay Rosehill , George Parros , Frazer McLaren , Colton Orr and Kevin Westgarth on NHL rosters. Pundits such as Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe and Mike Milbury of NBC Sports have recently argued in favor of finally removing this role from hockey. On the other hand, a recent story by Herb Gould of the Chicago Sun-Times featured a passionate defense of the continued use of enforcers by Daniel Carcillo of the powerhouse Chicago Blackhawks . Does it still make sense for NHL teams to have an enforcer in the lineup? No, it does not. This is admittedly an old topic that has been debated for years, but hockey analytics can provide a fresh take. For example, a handful of statistical approaches can challenge three commonly held myths about enforcers: 1. Enforcers protect teammates from dirty hits and injuries. 2. Fighting can cause a positive swing in momentum. 3. Enforcers can create space for the superstars to score. source: http://insider.espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/11703861/the-argument-enforcers-nhl

The argument against enforcers — NHL – ESPN

”We had so many shots after the first period, and we just kept going. We played well, but we couldn’t put the puck in the net. Their goalie, he deserves all the credit.” The Blackhawks played keepaway for much of the first two periods, but Hiller stepped up and the Flames jumped in front at 11:55 of the second. Joe Colborne won a faceoff with Jonathan Toews and sent the puck back to Wideman, who let loose with a long slap shot that went off the stick of Blackhawks rookie Trevor van Riemsdyk and into the net. That was the only goal until the Blackhawks were successful on their seventh power play with 5:45 left in regulation. With Wideman in the penalty box for hooking, Shaw tipped Patrick Sharp ‘s long slap shot past Hiller for his second goal. Chicago had a couple chances for the tiebreaking score in regulation, but was unable to connect. Hiller stopped Patrick Kane ‘s backhander in the final seconds. ”Our best shots, we probably had six or seven A-plus chances that didn’t even get a shot on net,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. ”We were looking for a better play, missed shot, blocked, too tight or missed the net. Those were the ones that didn’t even add up on the scoresheet as far as shots. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/gametracker/recap/NHL_20141015_CGY@CHI

Stamkos scores 3, Lightning rout Canadiens 7-1 – Yahoo Sports

The Sabres and Blackhawks were tied at 2 before Kane one-timed a backhand pass from Shaw past Enroth at 5:58 of the third. It was the first of the season for the Buffalo native, who has five career goals against his hometown team. HKN-RANGERS-BLUE-JACKETS Atkinson scores 2 to lead CBJ past Rangers, 5-2 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Cam Atkinson scored twice while Marko Dano and Nick Foligno each had a goal and an assist to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday night. Artem Anisimov, like Atkinson, scored for the second game in a row for the Blue Jackets, who moved to 2-0 for the first time in five years. Dano had his first NHL goal and points and Scott Hartnell and Ryan Johansen, who joined the Blue Jackets on Wednesday after a contract holdout, had two assists apiece. Former Columbus captain Rick Nash picked up his third goal and Lee Stempniak also scored for the Rangers, who opened the season by splitting two road games. HKN-HURRICANES-ISLANDERS Isles top Canes to open final season at Coliseum UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) – John Tavares and Brock Nelson each had a goal and an assist, and the New York Islanders began their final home schedule at Nassau Coliseum with a 4-3 victory over Carolina on Saturday night to sweep a season-opening two-game series from the Hurricanes. Tavares and Nelson powered the Islanders’ offense again after they filled the score sheet in a 5-3 win at Carolina on Friday night. Nelson had two goals and two assists in the opener, and Tavares had three assists to jump into 16th place on New York’s career scoring list. Cory Conacher and Josh Bailey added goals for the Islanders, who will move to Brooklyn next season following 42 years on Long Island. source: http://www.myfoxny.com/story/26764871/latest-new-york-sports

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”It’s Game 3 for us, Game 4 for them. If they said at the start of the road trip we were going to go out and get six of eight points, they would have been clicking their heels. ”For us, this was a must-win because their team has been on a roll since the start of the season. They were probably a little bit tired. But that team is going to be heard from this year. That’s a really good team.” Hedman finished with a goal and three assists. Ryan Callahan, Ondrej Palat and Vladislav Namestnikov had the other Tampa Bay goals. Stamkos tied Martin St. Louis for the team record with eight career hat tricks. Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos reacts as fans throw hats to celebrates his third goal duri Brendan Gallagher scored for the Canadiens, who went 3-1 on a season-opening road trip. ”It was a bad game for all of us,” coach Michel Therrien said. ”There was nothing good happening. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/stamkos-scores-3-lightning-rout-canadiens-7-1-023009717–nhl.html

 

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