Jannik Hansen Tallies First Hat Trick, Leads Vancouver Canucks Over Chicago Blackhawks | Fox Sports

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But his shot from the side of a wide open net hit the far post and stayed out. Chicago had a power play with about eight minutes left in the third, but Vancouver’s penalty kill was effective. The Blackhawks, playing their second of a back-to-back and third game in four nights, pressed for the tie late, but were caught out on a rush when Vrbata scored his 10th of the season at 17:36. Hansen then won a race for the puck and scored into an empty net with 42 seconds left for the hat trick. DK Playbook: Strategies for Winning Cash Games Hockey Chicago had won three straight – including Saturday night’s 7-1 thrashing of the Edmonton Oilers – and five of their last six, but was down 1-0 after the first period before imposing its will as the second wore on. Kris Versteeg , who had two goals and four assists in his last three games, scored his seventh of the season tie things at 7:55 on the power play, deflecting a point shot from Duncan Keith past a helpless Miller. Hansen wired a shot off a face off earlier in the period that Crawford saved before the Blackhawks goalie snagged Vrbata’s deflection with his glove. The Canucks had a great chance to restore the lead on a power play of their own later in the period, but Crawford robbed Henrik Sedin with the heel of his skate after taking a pass at the side of the net from Daniel Sedin. Vancouver opened the scoring at 13:13 of the first period on the power play when Dorsett’s pass off the rush glanced off Horvat’s stick to Hansen, who buried his sixth of the season and third in as many games over Crawford’s blocker. The assist was Horvat’s first in the NHL after scoring his first goal in Thursday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks. NOTES: Henrik Sedin played his 1,000th game with Vancouver in March. … source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/jannik-hansen-tallies-first-hat-trick-leads-vancouver-canucks-over-chicago-blackhawks-112414

NHL scores: Blackhawks blow out Oilers, Islanders get revenge against Penguins – SBNation.com

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There’s little doubt about which team in the Metropolitan Division is the biggest threat to Pittsburgh at this point, not after the way New York played the Pens tough on back-to-back nights while narrowly falling short of a two-game sweep. Only Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay have better goal differentials than the Isles in the East right now. 2. Turns out the Sabres aren’t a completely hopeless bunch. Buffalo won its third straight game Saturday night by beating Washington, 2-1, in the nation’s capital. Jhonas Enroth saved 43 of 44 shot attempts in the victory, with the only score coming midway through the third period from the Caps’ highly productive power play. Otherwise, this was arguably the best performance of the season from the Sabres. 3. Maybe the Maple Leafs’ season won’t be so weird after all. Toronto did everything it needed Saturday night in a 4-1 win over the Red Wings, including saluting the Air Canada Centre fans before heading off the ice. Some of the goals were absolutely gorgeous , too, highlighting the fact that the Maple Leafs can actually be a pretty dangerous team when they’re clicking. It’s just one night, but the chaos in Toronto has simmered down for now. source: http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/11/23/7270077/nhl-scores-2014-blackhawks-oilers-islanders-penguins

Blackhawks D Trevor van Riemsdyk out 3-4 months with patella fracture – CBSSports.com

Trevor van Riemsdyk will miss three to four months after fracturing his left patella. (USATSI)

(USATSI) The Chicago Blackhawks announced that rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk will be sidelined three to four months with a fractured left patella. The 23-year-old blueliner was injured when taking a shot off the left knee Sunday against the Dallas Stars . He will undergo surgery Thursday to repair the fracture. It’s bad news for the Blackhawks, but worse for van Riemsdyk who had really looked to be coming into his own in his first NHL season. The younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of New Hampshire last offseason. In 18 games this season, van Riemsdyk had one assist, but appeared to have gained the trust of the often fickle Blackhawks coaching staff. He averaged 13:32 a night while occupying a spot on Chicago’s third defensive pairing. The timing of the injury is rather unfortunate for the Blackhawks rookie. It was a bit of a surprise that the undrafted van Riemsdyk had made the opening night roster at all and even more surprising that he stuck around. His play warranted it, however. Now his absence opens the door for others in the Blackhawks’ relatively verbose prospect pipeline to step into a lineup that has been awfully tough to crack. This also costs van Riemsdyk some valuable development time as his improvement over the course of the season suggested he was on the right track for becoming a solid depth defenseman for one of the league’s stronger teams. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-hockey/24821022/blackhawks-d-trevor-van-riemsdyk-out-3-4-months-with-patella-fracture

 

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