Blues Top Blackhawks, Snap Skid At 2 Games – Washington Times

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Bolts Beat: Player goal songs would be music to fans’ ears |, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times

Theres nothing better than playing against an opponent like this, division rival, big game for us. We know what theyve done, and coming in after losing to them in the playoffs last year certainly gives it a little bit of an extra edge. I thought we all stepped up to the plate. The Blues (3-3-1), who lost in six games to the Blackhawks in the first round of the playoffs last spring, had scored just once in losing back-to-back games to Anaheim and Vancouver. They had dropped three of four games, including a shootout defeat in Los Angeles. We hit a bit of a lull the last two games and we needed a great performance, and who better than our biggest rivals to bring it out of us, Blues captain David Backes said. Guys put together a heck of a 60-minute effort. Brian Elliott made 22 saves for St. Louis, including nine in the third period. Antti Raanta made 28 saves for the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks (4-2-1) have dropped two straight in regulation, falling again after being beaten in Nashville on Thursday. The Blues committed two penalties within the first minute, and the Blackhawks took advantage with Patrick Sharps 5-on-3 power-play goal, assisted by Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa, just 1:02 into the game. The first five minutes were a little bit of a whirlwind, and everybody kind of calmed things down, and we got our game going, Elliott said. Thats the way we need to play, just that even-keeled mentality. source:

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The Blackhawks have outscored opponents, 15-7, in their first five contests tied with the Lightning for the second-best goal-differential in the league (Anaheim is +10). * The Predators beat the Coyotes, 4-3, in a shootout on Tuesday, and have now tallied at least one point in each of their first six games of 2014-15 (4-0-2 record). Dating to March 30 last season, Nashville is 10-0-3 in its last 13 tilts overall the longest point streak in franchise history. * Nashville lost, 2-1, in overtime to the Blackhawks in these clubs first meeting of the season, and has taken at least one point from four straight games vs. Chicago overall (3-0-1 record). These two teams have split their last 10 games at Bridgestone Arena, each skating off with five wins. * Antti Raanta filled in admirably for the injured Corey Crawford Tuesday, recording a shutout in his first appearance of the 2014-15 season, and garnering first-star accolades for his performance. With Crawford out for at least two more games (upper body), the Blackhawks called up Scott Darling (0 career NHL games) to serve as backup to Raanta. * Patrick Kane lit the lamp twice in Tuesdays victory, recording just the second multi-goal performance in his last 39 regular-season games overall (also February 3, 2014 at the Kings). Kane has seven markers in his last 10 skates vs. the Preds. * Ryan Ellis had a goal and two assists Tuesday, earning first-star honors, and recording his first career three-point game with the performance. source:

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Unfortunately, as you start to make your way back to the seating area, a goal is scored by the home team, and you think to yourself Who scored? Well, if you happen to recall each players designated goal song, you would know just by listening when the goal celebration song blares through the sound system. Certainly, its not a fool-proof system. If a shot that generates from the point, goes through traffic and gets deflected, it is often difficult to figure out who redirected the puck. Those situations do arise several times throughout the season, and so do goal changes, such as what happened on Friday in Winnipeg when Ondrej Palats goal was later awarded to Vladislav Namestnikov, who had the puck deflect off his stick before going into the net. But I like to think the positives would outweigh the negatives in this instance. The Lightning could be an innovator and be the first to do so. The players could have some fun with it as long as the songs are clean, of course and perhaps open some of it up to a fan vote. Either way, Id like to know your thoughts on the subject, and perhaps get some feedback to the team. So drop me a line in the comments section on, send me an email or give me a shout on Twitter. No impact In case anybody was wondering, and I certainly was, about what impact all the early injuries and call-ups have had on the Lightnings salary cap situation the answer is, very little. Because Tampa Bay was over the salary cap to begin with entering the season, placing Mattias Ohlund on long-term injured reserve alleviated the cap situation and allowed the Lightning to be compliant. The use of the LTIR is what allows Tampa Bay to be able to call players up from the minors. source:

NHL-Highlights of Saturday’s National Hockey League games – Yahoo Sports

– – Devils 3, Senators 2 (OT) Jaromir Jagr ‘s goal at 3:29 of overtime gave the New Jersey Devils a win over the Ottawa Senators on an emotional night at the Canadian Tire Centre. Jagr snapped home a shot from the slot to end the Devils’ four-game losing streak and halt the Senators’ winning streak at four games. A pregame ceremony honored the Canadian soldiers who were killed earlier in the week. – – Islanders 7, Stars 5 Frans Nielsen had a hat trick in the third period and New York hung on in a wild game with the Dallas Stars at Nassau Coliseum. Nielsen scored the tiebreaking goal with 10:21 left when he capped a two-on-one that began by a backhand clearing pass by Mikhail Grabovski . The duo hooked up again with 4:51 to go when Grabovski and Nielsen traded the puck before Nielsen beat Stars goalie Anders Lindback for another two-on-one score. – – Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 1 Dougie Hamilton helped Boston fans forget about the injury woes on the blue line, scoring a goal and setting up two others as the Bruins cruised past Toronto at the Air Canada Centre. The Bruins have now won three of four and the Leafs’ loss dropped them to 1-4-0 at home ice this season. Toronto doesn’t have a regulation win on home ice this season. – – Canadiens 3, Rangers 1 Lars Eller’s first goal of the season stood as the game-winner as Montreal beat New York at the Bell Centre in a rematch of last spring’s Eastern Conference Final. Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty also scored for Montreal. source:–nhl.html

Blackhawks Game Notes For Thursday @ Nashville | WGN-TV


Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers , 1 p.m. Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. St. Louis Rams at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 p.m. Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints, 8:30 p.m. Hockey Colorado Avalanche at Winnipeg Jets, 3 p.m. Columbus Blue Jackets at Los Angeles Kings, 4 p.m. Ottawa Senators at Chicago Blackhawks, 7 p.m. San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks, 8 p.m. Washington Capitals at Vancouver Canucks, 9:30 p.m. source:


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