Hutchinson, Jets Beat Blackhawks 1-0 – Washington Times

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Burakovsky, Johansson, Ward score in 4:52 span late in 2nd as Capitals beat Blackhawks, 3-2 | Star Tribune

Even if the Blackhawks have been struggling to score recently, the 2010 and 2013 Stanley Cup champions are one of the NHLs most talented offensive teams. To get your first win of the season and have it be a shutout, especially in this building, is definitely something really special, Hutchinson said. 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. 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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Sharp led Chicago last season with 34 goals and 44 assists. Washington star Alex Ovechkin was held without a point after recording two assists on Tuesday to become the leading scorer in franchise history. The Blackhawks dominated as the first period progressed. Saad opened the scoring with 2:48 left in the period on Chicago’s 15th shot to complete a 2-on-1 break with Marian Hossa. After taking Hossa’s cross-ice pass, Saad fired a low one-timer that struck the inside of Holtby’s left pad and slid into the net. Ovechkin was penalized for an illegal hit to the head of Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson with 16 seconds left in the first, and Keith scored on the power play 56 seconds into the second to make it 2-0. He swooped into the right circle and fired in a rebound through traffic. The Capitals then connected three times late in the period to take the lead. The last two goals came 42 seconds apart in the final minute. Burakovsky cut it to 2-1 with 4:57 left to complete a 2-on-1 with Troy Brouwer. source: http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/282001771.html

3 Star: Shane Doan, Arizona Coyotes A pair of goals from the Coyotes captain, along with rookie Tobias Rieders first NHL tally, helped Arizona edged the Washington Capitals 6-5. Mikkel Boedker and Antoine Vermette each chipped in a pair of points as the Coyotes snapped a three-game losing streak. Honorable Mention: Zemgus Girgenson and Tyler Ennis goals in the shootout were the deciding factor as the Buffalo Sabres got by the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 for their first home win of the season. Michal Neuvirth made 36 saves as the Sabres rebounded nicely from 5-0 drubbing at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night Pavel Datsyuk recorded a goal and an assist and has points in all six games since he returned from a separated shoulder: Victor Rask scored his first NHL goal and Cam Ward made 30 stops as the Carolina Hurricanes knocked off the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 for their second win in a row. Elias Lindholms third of the season in the second period ended up as the winner Nicklas Backstrom recorded three helpers in the loss, passing Dale Hunter (475) for fourth place on the Capitals all-time career assists list A pair of second period goals from Hampus Lindholm and Cam Fowler 1:44 apart helped the Anaheim Ducks get by the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. Corey Perry tallied his NHL-leading 11th of the season and Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf pitched in a pair of helpers. Jason LaBarbera, who was a late replacement for John Gibson, needed only 16 saves as he won for the third time in three days in two different leagues Dennis Everberg scored his first NHL goal for the Avalanche in the loss Alex Ovechkin added a goal and three assists for the Capitals, tying the franchise record for points with his 825th … JoshJooris netted two goals and T.J. Brodie recorded three assists as the Calgary Flames downed the Montreal Canadiens 6-2. Johnny Gaudreau added a pair of assists and has five points in his last three games. Did You Know?Ovechkins six-game goalless streak, which he snapped Sunday night, was his longest since Nov. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-three-stars–hutchinson-blanks-blackhawks–forsberg-powers-preds-051649393.html

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25. Alex Galchenyuk has had a couple of short stints at center, but for the most part has been the second-line left-winger. He has been dynamite offensively in 2014-15, and this just might be the season he officially breaks out. Through 14 games, the 20-year-old sits one point behind the offensive leaders with eight (4 G, 4 A). He has displayed a much greater sense of confidence with the puck, constantly using his stickhandling to create space for himself in the offensive zone. He is also playing a much more physical game, leading the Canadiens’ forwards in hits with 27. It has only taken three weeks for Rene Bourque’s playoff heroics to become a distant memory in Montreal. The third-line LWup until the last game, that ishas struggled mightily in his 13 games, posting just two assists and a team-worst minus-nine. Sekac replaced him in the lineup on Nov. 5. Travis Moen has, for the most part, played on the left side of the fourth line and has been his usual, unspectacular self. He does provide solid defense and penalty killing but provides no offensive excitement at all. Overall, Pacioretty and Galchenyuk have been great so far, but Bourque takes away from the unit’s overall grade. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2258084-grading-the-positional-units-for-the-montreal-canadiens-through-3-weeks

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”There’s nothing that’s been ailing us,” said Corey Crawford, who made 28 saves for his 11th career shutout. ”We’ve been playing good hockey and creating chances. We just weren’t getting the bounces.” Putting a damper on the victory, though, was Sharp being helped off the ice in the third period after taking a legal hit into the boards. Coach Joel Quenneville told the team’s official Twitter account that Sharp, tied for second on the club with nine points, will be out three to four weeks. “It’s never easy, but we’ve been through it before,” Toews said. “It’s unfortunate. He’s always a big part of our offense and he’s been really great in getting shots off and creating on the power play. “In a way (it’s) an opportunity for some other guys to get more ice time, and I think guys will try and step in and make up for that as much as they can. But as a team we have to be prepared to fill that void.” Peter Regin has been recalled from the AHL to replace Sharp, forcing Quenneville to again tinker with his line combinations. Toews fed Kane on his highlight-reel goal against Montreal in a rare opportunity to play together at even strength. They skated together again, along with Ben Smith, on the top line during Thursday’s practice. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/capitals-blackhawks-preview-184737870–nhl.html

 

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