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Joe Pavelski scored twice for the Sharks after the Blackhawks had taken a 3-0 lead by the 14:34 mark of the first period. 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. source:

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That’s just what a coach is expected to say, and to an extent, he is right. However, the burden is going to fall on a few key individuals to keep the Blackhawks moving in the right direction. Sharp led the Blackhawks in scoring last year as he tallied 34 goals and 44 assists. He has scored 33 goals in three of his last four seasons. 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. source:

Sprong has relished being part of a team that was trying to forge a new identity. “It was perfect timing for me to come to the league,” he says. “No one really knew me. I kind of dropped in the draft [to No. 13 overall]. Go in with a new team, new identity, I felt comfortable going there and they really wanted to build the team around me and some other guys. I’m very happy with I am, I like [head coach] Gordie [Dwyer] and the coaching staff.” Draft-year players with gifts such as Sprong’s are often scrutinized over how they involve their teammates. The Islanders are confident that Sprong, a right-handed shooter who can attack from either wing, will steadily unlock all the secrets of being an offensive leader. “I always joke, ‘Ray Charles could see the skill,’ ” Islanders general manager Grant Sonier says. “He’s got so much talent; it’s quite evident. source:–daniel-sprong–charlottetown-islanders-161454228.html


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