Raanta Leads Blackhawks Past Flyers 4-0 – Washington Times

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Kane made it 2-0 with a power-play score 32 seconds later. He swatted in the puck from the left side of the net after Patrick Sharps shot from the blue line caromed off the back boards. Set up by Saads cross-ice pass, Bickell extended the lead to 3-0 with 6:00 left in the period when motored down the slot and ripped a shot over Masons shoulder. Raanta was most heavily tested in the second period, when he turned aside 10 shots, and late in the third during a Flyers power play. Kane added his second power-play goal from a goalmouth scrum at 3:50 of the third to complete the scoring. Raanta came up with a shoulder save on Jakub Voracek with 6:30 left to preserve the shutout. NOTES: Chicago LW Kris Versteeg returned after suffering a lower body injury in practice two days before the season opener. He skated on a line with Kane and C Andrew Shaw. To make room, F Jeremy Morin sat out. The Blackhawks recalled G Scott Darling, from Rockford of the AHL to fill Crawfords roster spot. Darling is a native of Lemont, Ill., a Chicago suburb. source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/oct/21/raanta-leads-blackhawks-past-flyers-4-0/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

Blues top Blackhawks, snap skid at 2 games – Washington Times

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Louis on Saturday night. The 6-foot-6 Darling was chosen by Arizona in the sixth round of the 2007 draft. He turned pro in 2010 after two seasons with the University of Maine, and then bounced around the minors with nine teams in four leagues. The Blackhawks signed the 25-year-old Darling as a free agent on July 1. He was 2-0 with a 1.44 goals-against average with Rockford of the AHL before being called up last week. Chicago outshot Ottawa 17-12 in the scoreless first period. Toews opened the scoring 21 seconds into the second period with a wrap-around goal. Anderson slid out and overcommitted to Toews as he skated down the left side of the slot. The Chicago captain circled the net and tucked in a shot from the right side before Anderson could get back into positon. Anderson turned aside Shaw’s penalty shot with his shoulder just over a minute later. source: http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/280477512.html

A play with some odd candidates on the rush gave the Blues the lead. Steve Ott kept a puck in the offensive zone and fed Maxim Lapierre. His shot was denied by Raanta, but Reaves sneaked the loose puck under the goalies pads. It was called no goal on the ice, but it was overturned after a video review, handing the Blues a 2-1 lead. I dont know what camera angle they had, but thanks to whoever put the camera to where they could see that, Backes said. Jaskin scored his second-career with five seconds left in the period. Alex Pietrangelo put the initial shot on net, and Jaskin jumped on the rebound, building a 3-1 lead and celebrated exuberantly. If thats the NHL, he might get a flag there, Pietrangelo said. To which Jaskin said: Maybe … its not really often when you score in the NHL. Thats probably why. The Blues couldnt celebrate yet, however. source: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/hockey/professional/bd45b5c4-f80d-5cbc-824e-3baaeef84cc2.html

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The move paid off immediately when Zetterberg came down the middle and beat Greiss high to the glove side to make it 3-2. With Howard pulled again in the final minute, Pavel Datsyuk dropped a pass to Kronwall, whose shot from the high slot tied it. Detroit outshot Pittsburgh 31-26. WILD 2, COYOTES 0 ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Darcy Kuemper made 26 saves for his third shutout of the season, and defenseman Jared Spurgeon had two assists to lead Minnesota past Arizona. Kuemper has allowed just two goals in four starts, and has all three of Minnesota’s victories this season. Arizona’s Mike Smith entered the game having allowed at least four goals in each of his three starts this season. But he stopped 27 of 29 shots and blanked the Wild for all but a three-minute stretch early in the second period. Charlie Coyle opened the scoring with his second goal of the season, and Jason Pominville made it 2-0 less than four minutes later. Minnesota’s power play woes continued, as the Wild went 0-for-3 to fall to 0-for-19 to start the season. source: http://www.newstribune.com/news/2014/oct/23/thursdays-nhl-capsules/

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A visit from the rival Chicago Blackhawks seemed to help. Jaden Schwartz, Ryan Reaves and Dmitrij Jaskin all scored, and the Blues snapped their skid with a 3-2 win against the Blackhawks on Saturday night. We had to win one game to get things going back in the right direction, said Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, who had two assists. 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. source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/oct/26/blues-top-blackhawks-snap-skid-at-2-games/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS


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