Goaltending Depth Has Chicago Blackhawks In A Postion To Succeed | Bleacher Report

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Leighton has played 105 regular-season NHL games in his career and has a 2.97 goals-against average to go with an .897 save percentage. Crawford has practiced with the team and is clearly recovering from his injury. Once he is fully healthymeaning he plays a couple of games without any ill effectsQuenneville will have to decide whether Raanta remains as the No. 2 goalie or that job shifts to Darling. Bill Boyce/Associated Press Antti Raanta While it’s not a controversial decision in Quenneville’s mind because both goaltenders have been playing well, it will have an impact on the team going forward. Quenneville, Bowman and the Blackhawks’ coaching staff will have to sit down and discuss which goaltender will best serve the Blackhawks’ needs. Its something well talk about,” Quenneville told ESPNChicago.com reporter Scott Powers. “I think its a good discussion, a lot of positives either way. Probably a lot of variables that will be weighed in on the decision, so well see. Raanta earned the No. 2 job in training camp with a strong showing, and he is 1-2-0 after his first three starts with a 2.03 GAA and .933 save percentage. Darling is 1-1-0 with a 1.03 GAA and .966 save percentage. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2249969-goaltending-depth-has-chicago-blackhawks-in-a-postion-to-succeed

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

Pekka Rinne made 32 saves in the win. No. 3 Star: Henrik Zetterberg , Detroit Red Wings The captain was awesome in the third period: Scoring his third of the season; working hard to set up Pavel Datsyuk , who set up Niklas Kronwall for the game-tying goal; and forcing a turnover that led to Justin Abdelkader ‘s game-winner against the Pittsburgh Penguins , 4-3. Honorable Mention: Darcy Kuemper made 21 saves for his third shutout in four starts, as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Arizona Coyotes , 2-0. Jared Spurgeon had two assists. Jonas Hiller made 16 saves and Sean Monahan had two goals as the Calgary Flames blasted the Carolina Hurricanes , 5-0. Crazy game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks , as an apparent goal by Ryan Johansen which would have given him a hat trick was waved off for goalie interference, and Mark Letestu scored his second of the game with 21 seconds left to give the Jackets a 5-4 win. Joe Pavelski scored twice for the Sharks. Ryan Miller made 31 saves against his former team as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the St. Louis Blues, 4-1. Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist. The New York Islanders used second-period goals by Kyle Okposo and Cal Clutterbuck , as well as a strong third period from goalie Chad Johnson against his former team, beating the Boston Bruins by a 3-2 score. Did You Know? source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-three-stars–neal-tricks-blackhawks–quick-sets-record-061035003.html

NHL Three Stars: Neal tricks Blackhawks; Quick sets record | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

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. Carl Hagelin provided the lone goal for New York. Carey Price made 34 saves for the Canadiens and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots for the Rangers. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nhl-highlights-saturdays-national-hockey-league-games-024758922–nhl.html

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

Little, situated in front of the goal, directed it into the net. Even after seeing a replay on the giant screen high above center ice, Little still was not sure he touched the puck on its route to the back of the net. Just minutes earlier, goalie Ondrej Pavelec made a spectacular save off Avalanche left winger Gabriel Landeskog to keep the Jets in it. – – – Blackhawks 2, Senators 1 Scott Darling stopped 32 shots on his NHL debut to lift Chicago past Ottawa. Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews and defenseman Brent Seabrook scored for Chicago, which peppered Senators goaltender Craig Anderson with 45 shots. Senators left winger Milan Michalek scored the lone goal against Darling, a 25-year-old suburban Chicago native who grew up cheering for the Blackhawks. – – – Sharks 4, Ducks 1 The San Jose Sharks ended two streaks, their own three-game skid and the Anaheim Ducks ‘ seven-game surge, while rolling to a win. Defensemen Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic and centers Joe Pavelski and Tommy Wingels scored as San Jose (5-4-1) built a 4-0 lead. Centers Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture each contributed two assists. Goaltender Antti Niemi stopped 33-of-34 Anaheim shots en route to his fourth win of the season. Ducks left winger Matt Beleskey broke up Niemi’s shutout bid on a power-play goal with just over five minutes remaining. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nhl-highlights-sundays-national-hockey-league-games-030427953–nhl.html

Senators-Blackhawks Preview – Yahoo Sports

“It was just a matter of trying to see what we could get going.” Anderson, a third-round pick of the Blackhawks in 2001 who spent parts of three seasons with his hometown club, is 5-1-2 with a 3.38 GAA in his career against his former team. Chicago (4-2-1) hopes a return home will provide an advantage after losing 3-2 at Nashville on Thursday before falling by the same score at St. Louis on Saturday. Patrick Sharp scored on a 5-on-3 power play 1:02 into the contest against the Blues, but the Blackhawks allowed the next three goals – two in the final two minutes of the second period – before Kris Versteeg’s third-period tally. “We’ve been giving up some late goals in periods, making turnovers in the middle of the ice that result in them scoring,” Quenneville said. “Their (third) goal was hard to watch.” Chicago began the season 4-0-1, but consecutive losses has put a damper on that solid start. “I think there’s a lot more potential,” defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson said. “There are so many good teams in this league and no easy games. We just have to find some consistency and not give up too many scoring chances.” The Blackhawks are 3-0-1 at the United Center, but they’ll be inexperienced in net for the contest as rookie Scott Darling – also a Chicago-area native – makes his NHL debut. Antti Raanta has started the last three as Corey Crawford nurses an upper-body injury. Coach Joel Quenneville said Crawford skated Saturday but won’t be ready until at least Tuesday’s contest against Anaheim. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/senators-blackhawks-preview-050755984–nhl.html

NHL draft tracker: Nick Merkley, Kelowna Rockets | Buzzing The Net – Yahoo Sports

Nick Merkley is one of the WHL

(Rourke) Chartier has done well down the middle and (Tyrell) Goulbourne opens up space for me. I also feel, being in my second year, that Im a lot more confident. Im more comfortable out there this year. The 5-foot-10, 187-pound Merkley came into this season with a better perspective on what it takes to make it to the pros. He skated alongside Edmonton Oilers star Jordan Eberle and Washington Capitals blueliner Mike Green in the off-season. It was nice to get to play with those guys, says the 17-year-old. You really see how good they are when youre on the ice with them and it motivates you to keep on working to get to that level. I never talked to them much, but I took a lot out of that just by seeing them play. On the powerhouse Rockets, Merkley is fortunate to not have to look too far for motivation to push himself as his teammates motivate him to elevate his game on a daily basis. Were a very competitive team and we all push each other, he says. Everyone wants to be the best player and we all work very hard to try to be that. We work hard in practice and in the gym and it pays off in games. I definitely think it benefits me to be surrounded by a lot of good players in this league.” Outside of Kelownas locker room, the Calgary, Alta., native has fun rivalries with his brother, Swift Current Broncos forward Jay Merkley, and his close friend, Seattle Thunderbirds star Matthew Barzal, that push him to excel on the ice. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/jrhockey-buzzing-the-net/nhl-draft-tracker–nick-merkley–kelowna-rockets-014953468.html


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