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Oct 25, 2014; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen (51) celebrates scoring during the third period against the Dallas Stars at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. New York Islanders won 7-5. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports )

The Blackhawks defeated the Blues 5-1 to win the series four games to two. The trade, which sent Chris Stewart, Jaroslav Halak, prospect William Carrier, a 2015 first-round pick and a third-round pick in 2016, was a blockbuster and was widely seen as a necessary one. Following the acquisition, the Blues seemed to greatly increase their odds of securing the elusive Stanley Cup, at least in the eyes of people around the league. 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. source:

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Darling, 26, made his first career start for the Chicago Blackhawks and claimed a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. The Lemont, Illinois native made 32 saves for his hometown team and was given the first star of the game. He made 16 saves in the third period to secure the win. Darling was a sixth round draft pick of the Phoenix Coyotes in 2007, taken 153rd overall. He was called-up from the Mississippi RiverKings of the SPHL and appeared in one game during the 2011-12 season in a 5-2 loss against the Texas Brahmas on January 21st. Darling also joined the Thunder as an emergency back-up during the 2012 CHL Finals against the Fort Wayne Komets. His best season as a pro came during the 2013-14 season when he went 13-6-2 for the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL), sporting a 2.00 goals against average and a save percentage of .933. Before being called-up to the Blackhawks, he appeared in two games for the Rockford IceHogs this season, winning both games and only allowing three goals against and making 55 saves. Prior to turning pro, Darling attended the University of Maine, where he appeared in 54 games. In his two seasons as a Black Bear from 2008-10, he was 25-20-6 with a 2.93 GAA and a save percentage of .893. He turned pro in 2010, signing with the Louisiana IceGators of the SPHL. Giants, Royals ready for wild World Series finish source:

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Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture had two assists apiece for the Sharks. BLACKHAWKS 2, SENATORS 1 CHICAGO (AP) Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook scored, Scott Darling made 32 saves in his NHL debut, and Chicago snapped a two-game losing streak with a victory over Ottawa. Patrick Kane assisted on Toews’ goal for his 500th NHL point. Milan Michalek scored a short-handed goal for the Senators, who have dropped two straight. The game featured a matchup of goalies from the Chicago area. Darling, a native of Lemont, Illinois, was steady as he faced a handful of tough chances. Ottawa’s Craig Anderson, from Park Ridge, Illinois, stopped 43 shots, including a second-period penalty shot by Andrew Shaw. Corey Crawford, Chicago’s No. 1 goalie, missed his fourth game because of an upper-body injury. CANUCKS 4, CAPITALS 2 VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Nick Bonino and Radim Vrbata both had a goal and an assist, and Vancouver topped Washington. source:

In Edmonton , there was an especially emotional rendition of the anthem and a moment of silence . Andre Ringuette/Getty Images There was also a moment of silence before the third game on the schedule between the Sabres and Ducks. There were similar tributes in other games in the days that followed. The fourth game on the Wednesday schedule, between the Senators and Leafs, was postponed. This isn’t being written as a “look how much better hockey is than the other sports” type of hand-wringing that makes hockey fans feel so good. It’s being written to show that while the NHL is a corporation, a gigantic money-making operation that will take fans and hold them upside down until all their money falls out of their pockets at an outdoor game, there is a real sense of community in the hockey world that may not exist in the other leagues to a similar extent. This is just something to keep in mind the next time someone says the NHL is soulless. They are more machine than man now, but every so often, the human side comes out, and that’s a good thing. Bill Smith/Getty Images Chicago Way not suiting Brad Richards When the Chicago Blackhawks announced they had signed Brad Richards to a one-year, $2 million deal, it was mostly lauded as a steal for a team that needed to upgrade at center. After all, Richards as a replacement for Michal Handzus as the team’s second-line center? source:

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On average, forward Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche was drafted in the third round in Yahoo leagues, but he has no goals and four assists in nine games. This start might have owners thinking sophomore slump, but don’t forget he had seven points in his first 11 games last season, yet finished the season with 56 points in his next 71. The talented center could be had for a low price. FANTASY HOCKEY ANALYSIS The 2014-15 NHL season is underway, so has you covered with weekly fantasy hockey positional rankings, real-time spin updates and waiver wire advice. Top 100 forwards | Top 60 ‘D’ | Top 30 goalies SIGN UP FOR YAHOO FANTASY Goaltender Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins , the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, is off to a slow start with a .897 save percentage and is now playing without his biggest weapon, defenseman Zdeno Chara , for the next 4-6 weeks. Email, text or tweet the owner of this talented goalie in your league and watch how they will be eager to trade him for a Darcy Kuemper or Frederik Andersen . They’re solid goalie options, but don’t forget Rask’s best months in his career are December (1.85 goals-against average) and March (20 career wins). WAIVER WIRE WATCH Devante Smith-Pelly , Anaheim Ducks (owned in 12 percent of Yahoo Leagues) — The 22-year-old has the fantasy golden spot playing on the wing of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry and has responded with two points in his past three games. The 6-foot, 220-pound wing came onto the scene last season when he led the Ducks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with five goals and looks primed to start this season the way the last one finished. The Ducks have four games this week, all on the road (@CHI, @STL, @DAL, @COL), and Smith-Pelly had seven points in his 14 road games last season. Jared Spurgeon , Minnesota Wild (owned in 11 percent of Yahoo Leagues) — The Wild defense is off to a smoking hot start (1.00 goals against per game), and Spurgeon leads them in points from the back line with five. The 24-year-old averages 0.34 points per game. source:–nhl.html

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No. 3 Star: Jaromir Jagr , New Jersey Devils Jagrs clutch overtime, power-play goal gave the Devils a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators . It was his 19th career overtime game-winner. Honorable Mention: Michal Neuvirth made 30 saves and Cody Hodgson and Nicolas Deslauriers had third-period goals as the Buffalo Sabres shocked the San Jose Sharks , 2-1. Dougie Hamilton had a goal and two assists as the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs , 4-1. Tuukka Rask made 32 saves. Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist while Carey Price made 34 saves in the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 win over the New York Rangers . Michael Raffl had two goals and an assist as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Detroit Red Wings . They tallied three times in the third, while Ray Emery had 35 stops. Ryan Reaves and Dmitrij Jaskin you know, household names scored second-period goals in the St. Louis Blues 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks . source:–nielsen-leads-islanders-rally–jagr–larsson-win-in-ot-062629735.html


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