James Neal’s Hat Trick Lifts Nashville Past Chicago 3-2; Preds Still Unbeaten In Regulation | Star Tribune

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Nashville failed to take advantage of a power play when Marcus Kruger went to the box for high-sticking Colin Wilson, but defenseman Seth Jones found Neal with a nice cross-ice pass. Neal beat Raanta stick-side, tying it 1-1 in the final minute of the period. Chicago got its first man advantage at 13:07 of the second, and the Blackhawks took turns shooting at Rinne. He stopped drives from Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, and a slap shot from Patrick Sharp in killing the penalty. The Predators broke the tie at 16:12 of the second when the puck squirted over to Neal just inside the left circle near the slot, and his slap shot beat Raanta’s glove. Neal completed his hat trick at 1:52 of the third from the side on a wrister. NOTES: Neal’s previous hat trick was Dec. 29, 2013, against Carolina while he was with the Penguins. It was Nashville’s first hat trick at home since Sergei Kostitsyn had one on Jan. 1, 2012. … Predators forward Mike Ribeiro had an assist on Neal’s goal, giving him points in five straight. source: http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/280269332.html

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Chicago coach Joel Quenneville took his timeout, but the Blackhawks couldn’t beat Rinne despite outshooting Nashville 32-27. The Blackhawks left goalie Corey Crawford at home for this two-game road swing because of an upper body injury, and Raanta got his second straight start. The Predators outshot Chicago early with a flurry of action in front of Raanta. But Smith flipped a wrister over Rinne’s outstretched leg off a rebound at 12:21 for a 1-0 lead for the Blackhawks. Nashville failed to take advantage of a power play when Marcus Kruger went to the box for high-sticking Colin Wilson , but defenseman Seth Jones found Neal with a nice cross-ice pass. Neal beat Raanta stick-side, tying it 1-1 in the final minute of the period. Chicago got its first man advantage at 13:07 of the second, and the Blackhawks took turns shooting at Rinne. He stopped drives from Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, and a slap shot from Patrick Sharp in killing the penalty. The Predators broke the tie at 16:12 of the second when the puck squirted over to Neal just inside the left circle near the slot, and his slap shot beat Raanta’s glove. Neal completed his hat trick at 1:52 of the third from the side on a wrister. NOTES: Neal’s previous hat trick was Dec. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/neals-hat-trick-lifts-predators-024829081–nhl.html

“In this league, if you don’t have traffic, you’re never gonna score,” he said. “You generate goals by going to the net, and how ugly they become after that. That’s the recipe for scoring.” Johnny Oduya got his first goal of the season in the first period for Chicago and Corey Crawford had 19 saves. Shea Weber scored his third goal for Nashville and Hutton stopped 35 shots. Hutton was making his first start of the season in place of Pekka Rinne , who started the Predators’ first four games and had a 2-0 shutout at Winnipeg on Friday night. “Giving up a breakaway in OT on a power play is obviously a little tough, Hutton said. “I didn’t think we played our best tonight, but I thought in the third we came out and gave a real great effort, especially back-to-back nights.” 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 23-7 after 40 minutes. It was tied 1-all after one period despite Chicago holding a 12-3 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.foxsports.com/nhl/story/jonathan-toews-scores-in-ot-as-blackhawks-beat-predators-101814

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Thats something they havent been known for traditionally, but this year might be different as theyve been charged with the least minor penalties in the league thus far (12). Theyll also be looking to forward Jakub Voracek to play a big role in beating Crawford. Hes on a five-game point streak to start the season and is currently tied for the team-high with seven points in 2014-15. Thats in stark contrast to the slow start he endured last season. This is better than last year, Voracek said. I think I had [four] points in 15 games. If Im scoring and producing, were going to be scoring more goals and have a better chance to win the game. Thats what they are expecting of me. Im getting a lot of minutes on the ice, a lot of responsibilities. Its my job to make a difference in the game. Of course, beating Crawford is one thing, but the Flyers also need to play solid defensively. Theyve allowed 3.80 goals per game, although it might be a challenge for the Blackhawks to fully exploit that as their offense hasnt started firing on all cylinders yet. source: http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2014/10/21/nhl-on-nbcsn-flyers-aim-to-solve-hawks-crawford/

Jonathan Toews scores in OT as Blackhawks beat Predators | FOX Sports

The Maple Leafs (3-3-1) snapped a two-game losing streak while the Islanders (4-2-0) have lost two straight following the third 4-0-0 start in franchise history. – – – Rangers 4, Devils 3 (OT) Defenseman Kevin Klein scored with 2:18 remaining in overtime, leading the New York Rangers to a come-from-behind, 4-3 victory over the cross-river rival New Jersey Devils . The Rangers (4-3-0) won their third consecutive game after a three-game losing streak. The Devils (3-2-1) lost their third in a row after winning the first three games of the season on the road. The Rangers trailed 3-1 early in the third period but scored twice to send the game to overtime. – – – Canadiens 2, Red Wings 1 (OT) Center David Desharnais scored the overtime winner to give the Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Center Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit, and left winger Alex Galchenyuk replied for Montreal. Goaltender Carey Price made 27 saves for Montreal (6-1-0) and Jimmy Howard stopped 34 shots for Detroit (3-1-2). – – – Blackhawks 4, Flyers 0 The Chicago Blackhawks erupted for three mid-first period goals and never looked back, trouncing the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0. The Blackhawks improved to 4-0-1 on the young season, while the Flyers dropped to 1-3-2. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nhl-highlights-tuesdays-nhl-games-023540114–nhl.html

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Kings GM: NHL should educate after Voynov

Huh Kings support Voynov’s suspension after arrest FILE – In this May 18, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Kings’ Slava Voynov (26) reacts after Chicago Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith scored during the second period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago. The NHL has indefinitely suspended Voynov because of domestic violence charges. The league says he was arrested Monday morning, Oct. 20, 2014, but isn’t providing other details. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File) HOPD Kings support Voynov’s suspension after arrest This Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 police booking photo provided by the Redondo Beach Police Department shows Los Angeles Kings’ defenseman Slava Voynov. The NHL suspended Voynov indefinitely Monday, after the two-time Stanley Cup winner’s arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. The 24-year-old posted $50,000 bail. (AP Photo/Redondo Beach Police Department) Carlos Osorio Kings support Voynov’s suspension after arrest FILE – In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov (26), of Russia, is seen during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit. The NHL has indefinitely suspended Voynov because of domestic violence charges. source: http://www.heraldstandard.com/headlines_ap/kings-support-voynov-s-suspension-after-arrest/article_349fef0f-73cf-5754-a77b-c80838627214.html

 

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