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Three Periods: Stralman’s complete story; Lehtera looks like a veteran; NHL notes – Yahoo Sports

Stralman has stepped up and filled the void left by the injury absence of Victor Hedman. (USA Today)

There was no immediate word on his condition. Kane fought off a check from Dale Weise to finish a feed from Toews at 12:31. Versteeg scored his second of the night into an open side off of Bryan Bickell’s pass. Price made a spectacular save late in the first when he got his stick down to thwart Jeremy Morin on the doorstep, and then pushed a puck hovering in the crease over the net with his glove. NOTES: The Blackhawks hadn’t won in Montreal since Dec. 3, 2001. … The Canadiens have allowed the first goal in 11 of 13 games and haven’t held the lead after the first period this season. … Chicago D Niklas Hjalmarsson played in his 400th NHL game. … Michael Bournival played his first game of the season for Montreal. source: http://www.newspressnow.com/sports/ap/hockey/games/article_aa28ef2c-7151-5034-bb9a-78807e2f4e23.html

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Others thought, Anton Stralman? The defenseman the Toronto Maple Leafs drafted in the seventh round in 2005? The guy who bounced between the AHL and NHL for two years, got traded to the Calgary Flames and then got flipped to the Columbus Blue Jackets ? The guy who tried out for the New Jersey Devils and couldnt land a contract? The guy who ended up with the New York Rangers and became solid but unspectacular? The Lightning signed Stralman to a five-year, $22.5 million deal. So far he has exceeded the expectations of his supporters, let alone the doubters, especially offensively. He entered Thursday night with two goals and 10 points in 16 games after putting up one goal and 13 points in 81 games last season. I thought he was a really good defenseman, said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. Hes better than that in my eyes. Two keys: health and opportunity. View gallery . Stralman has stepped up and filled the void left by the injury absence of Victor Hedman . (USA Today) Stralman grew up with asthma. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/three-periods–stralman-s-complete-story–lehtera-looks-like-a-veteran–nhl-notes-220032552-nhl.html

NHL Power Rankings: Blues push to the top, Maple LeafsĀ fall – SBNation.com

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Louis Blues (12-4-1) | St. Louis Game Time Winners of three in a row and 10 of 11, the Blues have found their stride. St. Louis has scored at least four goals in five of seven, and who but Vladimir Tarasenko is leading the way. Tarasenko, who has lit the lamp 10 times this year, has emerged as one of the best young players in the game. Jaden Schwartz and Jori Lehtera have provided secondary scoring with seven goals apiece. Additionally, Brian Elliott and Jake Allen have goals against averages under 2.00 and save percentages above .930. This goalie tandem is arguably the best in the NHL and should carry the Blues when the scoring dwindles. 3. Tampa Bay Lightning (12-4-2) | Raw Charge The Lightning dropped two decisions this week — one to Chicago in OT, one to San Jose — but earned a big 5-2 win over the Isles on Saturday. Tampa has now won 10 of 12 and appears to be a legitimate contender for the Eastern Conference crown. Eight Lightning skaters have at least 10 points, and, perhaps more importantly, Ben Bishop has looked good between the pipes. source: http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/11/17/7233239/nhl-power-rankings-blues-maple-leafs-penguins

 

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