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But San Jose, which finally settled in near the start of the second period, was unable to get the equalizer. Brian Bickell scored with 4:42 left, and Jonathan Toews added an empty-netter to seal the win for Chicago. The Sharks beat Dallas 5-3 on Saturday after falling behind by two goals in the second period. They continue their trip Tuesday against the Florida Panthers Sharks goalie Antti Niemi was tested right from the start, as even strength goals by Trevor Van Riemsdyk, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson gave Chicago a three-goal lead. Niemi would settle down in the second period, allowing the Sharks to carve into the Blackhawks’ lead. Pavelski’s first goal with 4:28 left in the first period came on a redirection, as Justin Braun’s shot from the point went off Pavelski’s stick and hip before it got past Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford. Pavelski’s second goal came on the power play in the second period, as he had an open net to look at after he took a pass from Joe Thornton just in front of the net. With 1:09 left in the Sharks’ game against the Stars on Saturday, Roussel knocked goalie Alex Stalock to the ice just after Stalock batted the puck into the seats. In the ensuing scrum, with Stalock still on the ice, Roussel tangled with Braun and punched him in the face as Braun’s arms were tied up by an official. “You don’t want that to happen in the game, but whatever they decide to do, they decide to do,” Braun said before Sunday’s game. “We just have to go about our business.” For more on the Sharks, see the Working the Corners blog at . source:

Fantasy top 60 ‘D’: Flames’ Giordano tops rankings – Yahoo Sports

For those of you who took a chance on Giordano, you are being rewarded handsomely. He has provided outstanding category coverage, which is something you don’t always get from a defenseman. We mentioned the goals, assists and points above, but he has also chipped in 17 penalty minutes, 39 shots on goal, a plus-6 rating and a shorthanded goal. If there is one area where you might want to see some improvement, it is on the power play. He is logging almost three minutes per night with the extra man, but has collected only five power-play points on the season. It is worth noting that entering the games on Monday night, the Flames were outscoring opponents 16-8 at even strength when Giordano and partner TJ Brodie were on the ice and were being outscored in those situations 18-16 when they were not. Giordano might not be able to maintain his current level of production, but there is no doubt he will be among the leading scorers the rest of the way as long as he stays healthy. TRENDING UP GOALS: 2 | ASST: 9 | PTS: 11 SOG: 38 | +/-: -1 John Carlson , Washington Capitals — Heading into the season many thought Matt Niskanen might be the top offensive defenseman in Washington. If not him, it would have to be Mike Green , right? Well, it appears we were all wrong and Carlson is staking out a claim as the top source of fantasy production on the Capitals blue line. source:–nhl.html

Caps score 3 goals late in 2nd to beat Blackhawks | The Journal Gazette

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. The Blackhawks were skating around 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 defeneman Brent Seabrook. Ward’s goalmouth deflection of Matt Niskanen’s shot from the point with 5 seconds left in the frame put Washington ahead. The Blackhawks didn’t regroup and didn’t sustain consistent pressure until late in the third. Holtby made an sharp save on Kris Versteeg’s shot from the left circle with about 90 seconds left. NOTES: Washington C Brooks Laich returned after missing seven games with an injured shoulder. … The Blackhawks recalled F Peter Regin from Rockford of the AHL to fill Sharp’s roster spot. source:

Winnipeg has won three straight and five of six, improving to 3-3 at home. Filip Forsberg scored Nashville’s (7-3-1) only goal to bring the Predators within 2-1 late in the second period. The Jets set a franchise record for the amount of time between goals allowed. With back-to-back shutouts in New York and Chicago, Winnipeg had gone 161 minutes, 17 seconds without giving up a goal until Forsberg scored at 16:17 of the second period. KINGS 3, STARS 1 DALLAS (AP) a Dustin Brown and Kyle Clifford scored third-period goals and the Kings rallied to beat the Stars. The victory allowed Los Angeles to salvage the final game of a 1-3-1 road trip. Dallas is 0-3-2 in the last five games, and 1-1-4 at home this season. Brown’s goal from the slot at 4:23 of the third beat Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen low and to his left. At 11:35, Trevor Lewis’ shot from the left faceoff circle went in off Clifford’s skate in front. The Stars had taken a 1-0 lead on Shawn Horcoff’s goal at 2:37 of the first period. source:


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