5 Things The Toronto Maple Leafs Must Improve Upon To Beat Chicago Blackhawks | Bleacher Report

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31. Contain the Blackhawks’ Superstars USA TODAY Sports The Leafs have not done a good job of containing opponents’ top players this season. The Detroit Red Wings’ Henrik Zetterberg is the best example of this, as he dominated the Leafs earlier this year. It will take total team defense to contain the Blackhawks’ top players. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane are off to good starts in 2014-15. All of these players are elite offensive talents. It will take great efforts from the Leafs’ top defensive forwards, as well as by the Leafs’ blueliners, to ensure this trio doesn’t embarrass the club. Toews and Kane, in particular, can put up a mittful of points in mere minutes if not defended well. Leafs Must Generate Shots USA TODAY Sports Without question, the Leafs have improved in generating shots on goal this season. Going into Friday night’s action, the club is 17th in the NHL with 280 shots. This is a good total and works out to just more than 30 per game. They’ll need even more against the Blackhawks, who have been generating almost 40 per game. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2251537-5-things-the-toronto-maple-leafs-must-improve-upon-to-beat-the-chicago-blackhawk

NHL Saturday: Penguins blank Sabres, Hurricanes get 1st victory – SBNation.com

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2 Star: Nathan MacKinnon , Colorado Avalanche Avalanche sophomore notched his first two goals of the season in Colorados 5-0 victory over the Islanders. Honorable mention: St. Louis goaltender Jake Allen made 24 saves in shutting out the Anaheim Ducks Chicago captain Jonathan Toews recorded two goals Hawks goaltender Scott Darling won his second career NHL game, pulling out his first career NHL shootout win Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson played 30:56 in the shootout loss Winnipeg defenseman Toby Enstrom picked up his eighth assist, which tied him for second amongst blueliners Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his second shutout of the year with 36 saves against Los Angeles … Bostons Brad Marchand scored two goals, including the game winner over the Sabres Buffalos Drew Stafford scored a goal and added an assist Florida netminder Roberto Luongo stopped 32 of 33 Arizona Coyotes shots on goal in victory Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov made 40 saves Avalanche center Matt Duchene notched two assists … Daniel Sedin from Henrik Sedin is a beautiful thing. Did you know?: The New Jersey Devils won their first shootout since March 10, 2013. They had lost 18 straight before Thursday. Dishonorable mention:Arizona’s Mike Smith lost his fourth game in his last five contests, this one to the hapless Florida Panthers The Islanders Chad Johnson made just 18 saves on 23 Colorado shots on goal The Bruins were 6:30 away from losing to the Buffalo Sabres before Marchand’s third period goal. Boston won the game in overtime Meanwhile the Sabres fired just 15 shots on goal According to eye-witness Twitter reports, Evgeni Malkin and Justin Williams fought, but both were assessed roughing minors. Sports & Recreation source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-three-stars–hossa-goes-1-000–stamkos-snipes–mackinnon–finally–scores-052553305.html

Hutchinson, Jets beat Blackhawks 1-0 – Washington Times

Winnipeg Jets right wing Michael Frolik (67) celebrates with defenseman Toby Enstrom (39) after scoring his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Blackhawks entered leading the NHL with an average of 38.9 shots per game, but were only 21st at 2.46 goals. They had a hard time against Hutchinson and the scrappy Jets. Chicago was unable to generate much traffic in front of the net or pounce on rebounds. The Jets got all the offense they needed early as they moved straight into the Chicago zone off the opening faceoff. Frolik, a former Blackhawks player, skated across the crease, closed in from the left side and lifted the puck past Crawford’s glove as the goalie sprawled trying to stop the shot. Chicago’s Patrick Sharp broke in alone with 3:40 left in the first and faked Hutchinson to the ice, but his shot clanked off the right post. Jonathan Toews fired a drive from the left circle off the left post midway through the second during a Chicago power play. Hutchinson stopped another prime chance by Sharp moments later. The Blackhawks shot wide on some of their best chances in the third period. Hutchinson stopped Patrick Kane’s quick shot from the left circle with 2:40 left. NOTES: Hutchinson was pulled early in the second period of his only previous start this season, a 4-1 loss at Los Angeles on Oct. 12, after he allowed three goals on 13 shots. source: http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/281254621.html

Hutchinson earns first NHL shutout, Jets edge Blackhawks 1-0 | Star Tribune

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NHL Three Stars: Hossa goes 1,000; Stamkos snipes; MacKinnon (finally) scores | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

Its something youre going to remember for the rest of your athletic career. Im going to cherish this moment. The Jets wrapped up a perfect weekend as they extended their point streak to five games (4-0-1) and recorded their second shutout in two nights. No. 1 goalie Ondrej Pavelec beat the Rangers 1-0 in New York on Saturday in a shootout. The back-to-back shutouts are the first for the Jets since October 2006 when they were the Atlanta Thrashers. It is the third time it has happened in franchise history. The 24-year-old Hutchinson entered having played only 40 minutes this season, but he backstopped the Jets in a tight-checking finale of a 3-0-1 road trip that moved them over .500. Weve really jelled together as a team on the road, Hutchinson said. I think it shows on the ice. Were really committed to team defense. Its unfortunate we havent scored a lot of goals, but were still able to get points, which is the main thing. Corey Crawford stopped 26 shots in his second start in two nights after he missed six games with an upper-body injury. source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/nov/3/hutchinson-jets-beat-blackhawks-1-0/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

 

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