Caps Score 3 Goals Late In 2nd To Beat Blackhawks | The Journal Gazette

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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. After faking a pass, he closed in and fired a perfect shot over Crawford’s left shoulder and just under the crossbar. source: http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20141107/SPORTS2004/141109527/-1/sports12

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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. “We were doing a lot of things right, had a 2-0 lead and nothing serious and giving up nothing,” Quenneville said. “Then we make a bad decision and it’s in our net. And it’s in our net. And it’s in out net.” Burakovsky cut it to 2-1 with 4:57 left to complete a 2-on-1 with Troy Brouwer . After faking a pass, he closed in and fired a perfect shot over Crawford’s left shoulder and just under the crossbar. “We got an unbelievable goal by (Burakovsky) there to get us going,” Ward said. “That transitioned for a couple of other guys to chip in.” The Blackhawks were scrambling in their zone following a failed clearing attempt, and Johansson tied it at 2 with 47 seconds remaining in the period on a low shot from right circle that ticked in off the stick of Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook . source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/capitals-rally-to-beat-blackhawks-110714

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They were held to fewer than three goals six times during a 2-5-0 stretch before busting out of their slump with a 5-0 victory at Montreal on Tuesday. Jonathan Toews scored the 200th goal of his career and added an assist. Kris Versteeg, Brad Richards, Marcus Kruger and Patrick Kane also scored. ”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. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/capitals-blackhawks-preview-184737870–nhl.html

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The Blackhawks have brought up Peter Regin from Rockford to take Sharp’s spot on the roster. Regin played 17 games for the Blackhawks last year after he was acquired from the New York Islanders . Regin had scored 10 points in 11 games for Rockford (including two overtime goals) and was playing well. He will play on the Blackhawks’ fourth line with Brad Richards and Jeremy Morinand a fourth-liner’s responsibilities do not include replacing a legitimate 30-goal scorer. Regin will be expected to skate hard, play defense and cash in the few opportunities he gets while playing 10-13 minutes per night. Sharp’s absence means that several players will see changes or increases to their roles with the Blackhawks. Specifically, Brandon Saad is moving up from his spot on the fourth line to Sharp’s left wing spot on the second line. Bill Smith/Getty Images Peter Regin Originally, Saad was on the second line with Patrick Kane and Richards in the middle, but that combination was broken up early in the season. Now, Saad goes back to the second line with Andrew Shaw in the middle and Marian Hossa as the other winger. That’s a line with explosive potential, but that trio is going to have to prove it on the ice. Hossa is a given because he is one of the most consistent three-zone players in the NHL , and Saad is a young player on the rise because of his explosive speed, excellent shot and fine moves around the net. Shaw does not have All-Star talent, but he is a hard worker and a hustler who always gives Quenneville everything he has. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2260967-who-must-step-up-for-the-chicago-blackhawks-after-patrick-sharps-injury

 

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