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View photo Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien speaks during a season-ending wrap-up news conference in Boston, Friday, May 16, 2014. The Montreal Canadiens eliminated the Bruins in Game 7 of their second-round Stanley Cup playoff NHL hockey series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) BOSTON (AP) — Claude Julien, who led the Boston Bruins to the playoffs in each of his seven full seasons as coach, has signed a multiyear contract extension. Julien coached the Bruins to the Stanley Cup championship in 2010-11 and is the longest serving coach in consecutive seasons in the team’s history. ”Claude is one of the top coaches in the NHL and has consistently shown a passion for winning,” general manager Peter Chiarelli said Sunday in announcing the signing. The length of the extension was not disclosed. Julien is in his eighth season with the Bruins and is the second-longest tenured NHL coach with the same team. Mike Babcock is in his 10th season with the Detroit Red Wings . ”Coaching is a difficult profession at the best of times and what Claude does in implementing structure in his systems, and having a solid defensive foundation while allowing freedom in offensive play is no easy task,” Chiarelli said. ”During his time with the Bruins, he has excelled in maintaining this difficult balance, and his longevity here speaks volumes.” Julien also led the Bruins to the Stanley Cup finals in 2012-13, but lost in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks . He has a 317-171-65 record with them and led the Bruins to the NHL’s best regular-season record in 2013-14. They’ve been hurt by injuries to defensemen this season and are off to a mediocre start with a 7-6 record after Saturday night’s 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators . source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/bruins-sign-coach-julien-multiyear-213708626–nhl.html

The struggles Chicago saw Sunday continue a frightening funk. The Blackhawks are without a goal in their last 64 shot attempts, dating back to the second period of Saturdays loss to the Maple Lears. On Sunday, they blasted 73 shots in the direction of the net and only 33 were recorded as official shots on goal. Chicago leads the league with 461 shots on goal and sits all the way down at 28th in the NHL with a shooting success rate of 5.9 percent. The Blackhawks PDO a metric that attempts to quantify luck by adding shooting percentage and save percentage sits at 98.90 (with 100 being the average), putting them in the bottom third of the league. This is a team that was one bounce away from the Stanley Cup Final last June. Look at the amount of skill in our room, Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford said. If we work hard, bare down on our chances, were going to score goals. No doubt about it. One sequence from Sunday that summarizes the inept offense was a third-period power play in which the Blackhawks failed to cash in. They moved the puck in front of the net, with Jonathan Toews even drilling a shot off the post, but nothing found the net. The familiar goal horn stayed silent. source: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/11/03/emma-blackhawks-baffled-by-scoring-struggles/

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The Canadiens were thrashed 6-2 on Sunday by Calgary to mark their first back-to-back defeats after a 3-2 overtime loss in Vancouver on Thursday. “If we knew the reason why it happened, we’d have a lot more answers right now,” left wing Max Pacioretty said. “But the only thing that I know is that it’s unacceptable.” Pacioretty has a team-leading five goals and has scored in two straight games, but the rest of the offense has gone cold. Six-time 20-goal scorer Tomas Plekanec has one tally in the past nine games and no points over the previous four, while Brendan Gallagher’s seven-game point drought is a career worst. The Canadiens’ 2.33 scoring average ranks toward the bottom of the NHL, and they have converted only three of 33 power-play opportunities. “It’s tough to explain,” coach Michel Therrien said. “If you’re not ready to compete in this league, you’ve got no chance. We didn’t compete. “Individual preparation has a lot to do with it. We’ve always been a team that takes pride in having good starts. We’re not seeing that right now.” Carey Price will try to get back in the win column after his six-game point streak ended Sunday. He’ll face a challenge against Chicago, which averages 38.6 shots on goal. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-canadiens-preview-192850061–nhl.html

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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

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“I don’t know. Just try and elevate your game against good teams.” Game notes Carlyle said before the game that Joffrey Lupul will miss three weeks with a broken bone in his right hand. Lupul’s injured hand will remain in a cast for at least 10 days before he can put a glove on it again. … Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson took a puck to the face in the second period. Hjalmarsson was cut just below his left eye and left the ice. Hjalmarsson returned at the start of the third period wearing a visor. … “O Canada” was performed by 19-year-old Carley Allison, a survivor of trachea cancer who is battling double lung cancer. … During the second period, PA announcer Andy Frost offered the team’s well-wishes to Gordie Howe, who’s recovering from a serious stroke. source: http://scores.espn.go.com/nhl/recap?gameId=400563887

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“I tried to fake him out and kind of get him moving and I’m not sure if he got a piece of it, but I’m happy it scooted through,” Smith-Pelly said. He had to fight off teammate Andrew Cogliano for the puck after Seabrook lost it. Then it was clear sailing, with Seabrook unable to get into the play. “I’ve got to do a better job of that,” Seabrook said. “It was just one of those plays.” Anaheim used Smith-Pelly’s goal and Gibson’s first shutout of the season to record its eighth win in nine games. It was the first regulation home loss for Chicago, which has dropped three of four overall. Gibson’s biggest save came on Chicago captain Jonathan Toews in the deep slot 90 seconds into the third period. “You just see him wide open and try to get something in front of it,” Gibson said. The Ducks outhit the Blackhawks 37-16, helping Gibson to his second shutout in six NHL games. “They can make something out of nothing so fast that if you don’t hit them and slow them down, they’re just going to skate,” Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. source: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/nhl_coverage/2014/10/gibson_leads_ducks_past_blackhawks_1_0

 

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