Gibsonia’s Saad On Ascent To Nhl Stardom | Triblive

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Neal’s hat trick lifts Predators past Chicago 3-2 | The Journal Gazette

25, 2014, 10:00p.m. Updated 1 hour ago NASHVILLE, a Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews sat by his locker in Nashville following a morning skate, specifically describing the attributes that make Gibsonia native Brandon Saad aspecial.a Then Captain Serious turned serious. And made a prediction. aTrust me,a Toews said. aI don’t even know what the heck the ceiling is for Brandon Saad. But I know that it’s really, really high. His production is only going up from here. The sky really is the limit for him. You’ll see.a The Blackhawks loved Saad’s talents when they drafted him in the second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. They knew early in his rookie season a one that ended with a Stanley Cup championship a that Saad would be a longtime contributor. Now, the Blackhawks think he will become a star. aLittle brother’ The Blackhawks are loaded with star power. source:

Miller strong in return to St. Louis | St. Louis

Louis stopped a two-game losing streak. The Blues had scored just once in losing back-to-back games to Anaheim and Vancouver. Patrick Sharp and Kris Versteeg scored for the Blackhawks, who have dropped two straight in regulation, falling again after losing in Nashville on Thursday. Antti Raanta, subbing for injured starter Corey Crawford, made 28 saves for Chicago. Brian Elliott had 22 stops for St. Louis. The Blackhawks eliminated the Blues in a physical playoff series in April. WILD 7, LIGHTNING 2 ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Jason Zucker had two goals to power Minnesota to the big win. source:

After starting his Blues career with a 10-3-1 record, providing extensive proof to naysayers, Miller looked to be the real deal. But in the playoffs, when it counted most, he had a .897 save percentage, a 2-4 record and was far from being good enough to lead the Blues to victory. That performance followed a 1-6 stretch to close out the regular season. A lot of blame was placed on Miller after the series and perhaps some of it was unfair. The showing, however, was enough to sway the Blues from re-signing the goalie. It just didnt end well and I think that is where the drama comes from is people want to know why, Miller told the Vancouver Sun on Wednesday. I dont have any hard feelings. It was a situation where they were hoping it would lead to something different within the organization and it just didnt pan out, just didnt work out the way we hoped. There are a lot of different reasons for that. I dont feel like I played to the best of my abilities, I dont think I played terrible. But in the playoffs that little difference is (big). Originally, the club did intend to bring Miller back into the fold for the 2014-15 season and perhaps longer. Management began extension talks with Miller following the trade, but they were put aside until the end of the season. source:

Saturday’s NHL Capsules | News Tribune

The Blackhawks pulled goalie Antti Raanta for the extra attacker. Rinne gloved the puck out of the air with 1:18 left with Shaw trying to score. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville took his timeout, but the Blackhawks couldnt 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 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. source:


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