Flyers Have Only 12 Penalties, An Nhl Low

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(LM Otero/AP) Travel Deals Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 3:01 AM CHICAGO – The Flyers, of all teams, have committed a league-low 12 minor penalties, and they have averaged the NHL’s fewest penalty minutes per game (seven) in the first five games. It’s a small sample, but it is still eye-opening for a franchise that usually leads the NHL – or is near the top – in both categories. It’s been “way less taxing” on his penalty killers, said coach Craig Berube, whose team plays in Chicago on Tuesday night. “We’ve been good so far, and we have to continue to check properly, because when your sticks are in the air and you’re hooking and tripping and stuff, you’re going to get penalties. . . . Discipline-wise, with the physical play, it’s been good.” Berube was asked if he was a little surprised his team had the fewest penalties in the NHL. More coverage source: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/20141021_Flyers_have_only_12_penalties__an_NHL_low.html

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(AP) Ryan Ellis scored the decisive goal in the shootout to send the Predators to the victory. Ellis, Mike Ribeiro and James Neal scored in regulation for Nashville, winners of two of three. Rob Klinkhammer, Keith Yandle, and Martin Erat scored for Arizona. The Coyotes have lost two straight. Erat had a power-play goal at 7:42 of the third, lifting Arizona to a 3-2 lead. But Neal responded with his second goal of the season 21 seconds later. Devan Dubnyk had 23 saves for the Coyotes, and Pekka Rinne finished with 33 stops for the Predators. STARS 6, CANUCKS 3 DALLAS (AP) Erik Cole scored two goals for Dallas, and Kari Lehtonen made 43 saves. Dallas scored five goals on only 12 shots against goaltender Ryan Miller to drive him from the game just 1:17 into the second period. He entered with a 3-0-0 record and 1.95 goals against average. source: http://www.demingheadlight.com/deming-sports/ci_26775040/from-nhl-ice-tuesday-oct-21?source=rss

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Richards, a former standout with the Tampa Bay Lightning , Dallas Stars and New York Rangers , was brought in to man the center position on the No. 2 line. There was little doubt that Richards was a skilled shooter and passer, but there were questions about his all-around play. Richards, 34, had been demoted or benched by the Rangers during each of the past two playoff seasons for his shortcomings on the defensive end. Still, general manager Stan Bowman brought him aboard and head coach Joel Quenneville welcomed him to the Blackhawks. Richards was situated as the No. 2 center for the majority of training camp, but during the final days of the preseason, he was replaced at center by edgy Andrew Shaw. Quenneville had seen Shaw play center for Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad at various points in the 2013-14 season, including for several games in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and he liked the combination. As the regular season loomed, he decided Shaw belonged between the explosive Kane and the decisive Saad. It was so good last year in a short amount of time, and it was right at the end of the year, Quenneville told Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times. It was almost like, Do I really want to break them up? Charles Cherney/Associated Press Through three games, that No. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2233825-will-the-chicago-blackhawks-no-2-line-continue-to-produce-at-a-high-level

From the NHL ice (Tuesday, Oct. 21) – The Deming Headlight

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason (35) makes a point blank save on a shot by Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (16) during the third period of

Shea Weber scored his third goal for Nashville and Hutton finished with 35 saves. Hutton was making his first start of the season in place of Pekka Rinne, who started the Predators’ first four games. The Blackhawks outshot the Predators 37-20, finishing with a shooting advantage against an opponent for the second straight game. Chicago outshot Calgary 50-18 on Wednesday in a 3-2 overtime loss. In this one, the Predators took control of the game for much of the third period with up-tempo skating and persistent forechecking after being dominated through the first two periods and outshot 23-6 after 40 minutes. It was tied 1-all after one period despite Chicago holding a 12-2 advantage on shots. Both teams scored on their first shots of the game. Oduya connected just 1:49 in when he skated in from the left point and leaned into a low shot from the top of the circle that beat Hutton between the pads. Weber tied it with a power-play goal at 11:17 shortly after serving a cross-checking call and exiting the penalty box. His drive from the left circle appeared to strike Chicago defenseman Michal Rozsival, then deflected upward and over Crawford’s shoulder. source: http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/279693142.html

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Jori Lehtera (who scored his first NHL goal) and Vladimir Tarasenko each recorded three points in the win. Honorable Mention: Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves and the Penguins killed all seven Islanders power plays as Pittsburgh got by New York 3-1. Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist scored power play markers 55 seconds apart in the second period to erase the Islanders lead. Hornqvist, who also added an assist, would later put home an empty-netter to ensure victory Sidney Crosby recorded a pair of assists, including the 500th of his NHL career Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski each scored a goal and assisted on two others, while Antti Niemi made 35 saves as the San Jose Sharks defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2. Joe Thornton put home the empty-net goal at the end, helping him reach the 1,200-point plateau Robin Lehner made 38 saves and Mike Hoffmans goal midway through the third period broke a 2-2 deadlock as the Ottawa Senators edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2. Ottawa has now won four in a row Lehner made a pretty great stick save on Alex Wennberg here: Evgeny Kuznetsov , Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin scored on all three of Washingtons shootout attempts to help give the Capitals a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. Justin Peters needed only 20 saves as Washington improved to 10-0-1 in their last 11 against Florida Panthers captain Willie Mitchell played in his 800th NHL game, while Steve Ott got in his 700th and Backstrom suited up for his 500th The wildest game of the night ended with 11 goals and the Philadelphia Flyers getting by the Dallas Stars 6-5 after an overtime power play winner from Claude Giroux. Entering the third period down 4-2, the Flyers scored three times to help force the extra period. Thats when the Flyers captain deposited a one-timer behind Kari Lehtonen to give Philadelphia their first win of the season: Tyler Seguin had four assists, while Jason Spezza chipped in three points in the loss P.K. Subban played a huge role in Montreals 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche . His power play blast early in the second tied the game 1-1. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-three-stars–svedberg-earns-first-shutout–schwartz-nets-trick-vs–coyotes-045903920.html

 

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