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The Canucks scored just 41 seconds into the game off a Blues turnover in the neutral zone. Alexandre Burrows’ wrist shot from the left circle was knocked down by goalie Jake Allen, but Chris Higgins was there to put home the rebound for his second goal of the season. The Blues tied the score with a power-play goal from Kevin Shattenkirk with 12:22 left in the second period after the Canucks were called for too many men on the ice. Nick Bonino put the Canucks ahead to stay with 15:06 remaining in the third period when he scored on an odd-man rush following a save by Miller on the other end. BEARS-CUTLER Cutler says Marshall did not single out anyone LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) – Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler insists receiver Brandon Marshall did not single out him or anyone else during his outburst following the loss to the Miami Dolphins. Cutler says Marshall “didn’t come near me” and did not “say my name.” He adds that the star receiver did not attack anyone personally with “what he was saying.” Cutler’s comments Thursday came on the heels of a 27-14 loss at Soldier Field that raised all sorts of questions about the direction of the team. Reporters standing in the hallway after the game overheard Marshall screaming in the locker room, part of an emotional postgame scene. NORTHWESTERN-WHITE With 1 kidney, Northwestern’s White stops playing EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) – Northwestern cornerback Dwight White has decided to stop playing football. White tells the Chicago Tribune he found out in June after experiencing abdominal pain that he was born with one kidney. He decided to keep playing. source:

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Chicago forward Patrick Kane scored two goals in the contest, giving him a team-leading three tallies for the season. Making his first start and appearance of the season, Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta was stellar in the net, turning back all 32 shots from the Flyers to earn his second career shutout in the NHL. – – – Predators 4, Coyotes 3 (SO) Defenseman Ryan Ellis had a goal and two assists, then scored the game-winning goal in the fourth round of a shootout as Nashville subdued the Arizona Coyotes 4-3. Goalkeeper Pekka Rinne (4-0-1) iced the win by stopping right wing Martin Erat. Nashville (4-0-2) has picked up points in all six games under first-year coach Peter Laviolette. Center Derek Roy also scored in the shootout for Nashville, while center Antoine Vermette extended the shootout for Arizona (2-2-1) by tallying on its third shot of the tiebreaker. – – – Jets 3, Hurricanes 1 The Winnipeg Jets snapped a four-game losing streak with an efficient but unspectacular 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes . The win improved the Jets record to 2-4-0 while the Hurricanes remain winless on the season and fell to 0-3-2. The Jets opened the scoring through Andrew Ladd and tust 40 seconds later, rookie left winger Adam Lowry put the Jets up 2-0 when he tipped home the first goal of his NHL career. – – – Stars 6, Canucks 3 Left winger Erik Cole scored twice, and the Dallas Stars defeated the Vancouver Canucks 6-3 for their first home win of the season. source:–nhl.html

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The Predators outshot Chicago early with a flurry of action in front of Raanta. But Smith flipped a wrister over Rinnes 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 Raantas glove. Neal completed his hat trick at 1:52 of the third from the side on a wrister. NOTES: Neals previous hat trick was Dec. 29, 2013, against Carolina while he was with the Penguins. It was Nashvilles first hat trick at home since Sergei Kostitsyn had one on Jan. 1, 2012. source:

A lot has to do with proximity either by car eight hour drive or by air 50 minute flight. It also helps that Southwest Airlines has an incredible amount of direct flights from Midway Airport to Nashville. Last season the Predators tried a campaign to Keep the Red Out where if you bought a ticket to a Predators/Blackhawks game, you had to buy one for a non-Predators/Blackhawks game later in the year. The deal was in some ways a success, because two of the three games were sellouts, though Hawks fans still dominated the crowds. Most of Thursday, the Predators official team Twitter had been informing fans about how to get rid of their red outfits for the evening’s game between the two teams. PSA on the red redemption: if it’s attached to someone’s head please don’t try to turn it in. #savethegingers #CHIvsNSH Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) October 23, 2014 Below is the new campaign to make it harder for Chicago fans to go to Nashville games via email from the Predators: -Game was included in all season-ticket packages, to make sure the Loyal Legion had tickets to the game. -Pre-sale opportunities to season-ticket holders, first access to buy game individual game tickets (this game included) -Single-game buyers in viewing area opportunity to buy game through pre-sale codes -Individual tickets went on sale at Bridgestone Arena only, [so] people in Nashville would have opportunity to buy single game tickets (including this game), first -Following all of the above, tickets went on sale to the general public/outer market. And the promotions! – Free popcorn to any fans wearing gold -Turn in any red item to Fan Information and get a Preds ticket voucher (one voucher per person). Red items will be donated to the Chicago Rescue Mission -Turn in a Hawks sweater and receive a Preds sweatshirt When it comes to the Predators or any NHL team if a building is full, a promotion clearly works. And there actually seemed to be fewer Blackhawks fans at the Thursday game than usual per the iPhone photo from the Preds press box from the start of the contest at the bottom of the page. But in this golden age of the Blackhawks, and Southwest Airlines, good luck in keeping their fans out of any building. source:

Blackhawks fans invade Nashville in large numbers (again) | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

He was at his best late in the series, producing two goals and four assists in the final three games. aThat’s when you knew what he could become,a Kane said. aHe did it in that environment, against the toughest competition at the highest level of hockey. He dominated.a Difficulty of high expectations Saad hasn’t been bad in the early stages of this season a he’s produced seven points in seven games a but the Blackhawks want more. That playoff performance raised expectations. aThe goal for me is to get that consistency,a Saad said. aIt’s tough for me to bring that intensity every night, but it’s something that I need to do.a The Blackhawks want Saad to be the player he was against the Kings every night. Then they remember that he doesn’t turn 22 until Monday. aWe expect a lot from him,a Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said, noting young players must learn how to become consistent. aHopefully he can become that power forward that every team looks for.a The future Kane doesn’t hide his admiration for Saad’s game. source:

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more > By MATT CARLSON – Associated Press – Tuesday, October 21, 2014 CHICAGO (AP) – Antti Raanta made 32 saves to earn a shutout in his first start of the season, and Patrick Kane scored two power-play goals to lead the Chicago Blackhawks past the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 on Tuesday night. Chicagos Brandon Saad and Bryan Bickell scored along with Kane in a 2:06 flurry late in the first period. Raanta was sharp as he stepped in for Corey Crawford – Chicagos No. 1 goalie who is out day-to-day with an upper-body injury – to record his second career shutout. Among his saves were two point-blank stops on Philadelphias Claude Giroux and one on Matt Read late in the second period. Besides their first goals this season, Saad and Bickell each had assists as Chicagos third line, centered by Brad Richards, clicked and the Blackhawks improved to 4-0-1. Richards, who signed as a free agent last summer following a contract buyout by the New York Rangers, set up Saads goal to earn his first point as a Blackhawk. Philadelphias Steve Mason made 39 saves. He was back in net for his fifth start in six games despite being pulled after two periods in the Flyers come-from-behind 6-5 overtime win at Dallas on Saturday, their only victory. The Blackhawks came out strong for the third straight game. Chicago outshot Philadelphia 19-9 in the first and connected on three of five shots during a flurry late in the period Saad opened the scoring 11:54 in. Mason made flashy close-in saves on Saad and Richards, but then Saad outmuscled the Flyers Michael Del Zotto to the net and tucked in a loose puck from the goal line after Richards centered it. source:


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