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Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) deflects a Dallas Stars shot during the third period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Chicago. The Chicago Blackhawks won 6-2. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

Scrivens was pulled after allowing five goals on 13 shots, with backup Viktor Fasth coming in to replace him. The move didn’t do much as the Blackhawks scored on their second shot on Fasth, with Keith moving in from the point and unleashing a hard shot for the goal. The three goals to start the second period came in a span of 2:31, giving the Blackhawks six goals at a time the Oilers had just five shots. Edmonton finally broke Crawford’s shutout bid with 12 minutes left in the second period as Perron tipped Justin Schultz’s shot into the net for his second of the season. NOTES:It was the first of three games this season between the two teams. The Blackhawks swept three games from the Oilers last year, scoring five goals in each. The last time Chicago lost in Edmonton was on Feb. 2, 2012, a game in which Sam Gagner recorded eight points for the Oilers. … Antti Raanta was expected to get the start in net for Chicago but came down with an illness before the game, forcing Crawford to play in goal without a backup on the bench. Forward Phillip Danault made his NHL debut after being called up from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League on Friday. source:

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Nordstrom, 22, skated in his first game with the Blackhawks this season in Sunday’s 6-2 win over the Dallas Stars. The Stockholm, Sweden, native recorded eight points (5g, 3a), including three power-play goals, in 14 games with Rockford this season. Named the IceHogs captain on Oct. 28, Nordstrom notched a season-high two goals on Nov. 6 at Iowa. Nordstrom was the team’s third-round selection (90th overall) in the 2010 National Hockey League Draft. Clendening, 22, has registered four points (1g, 3a) in 16 games with Rockford this season. The Niagara Falls, N.Y., native has 109 points (22g, 87a) in 163 career games with the IceHogs. Clendening was named the 2013-14 IceHogs Co-Best Defenseman of the Year with Klas Dahlbeck and an AHL First Team All-Star. He was one of Chicago’s second-round selections (36th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft. The Blackhawks return to action on Thursday when they face off against the Calgary Flames at 8 p.m. CT. source:

Nordstrom, Clendening headed to Blackhawks – – Rockford’s News Leader

He had two stints with the Sabres covering parts of four seasons, so he leapt at the chance to coach the prospects in First Niagara Center. I was thrilled when they asked me to be a part of it, Grier said. Being here in Buffalo is kind of the cherry on top. Its a special place for me, a lot of great memories here, so its been nice for me to come back home and see some old friends and catch up with some guys. Grier was a natural choice to be around the prospects. He served as a mentor to rookies and young players late in his career, and he was good at it. I always enjoyed helping the younger kids, he said. I think thats kind of the great thing about hockey. As guys get older in their passing years they always try and pass along what theyve learned to the younger guys. I enjoyed that and tried to do it as much as I could as my years kind of went on. Grier has spent most of his time with his family since hanging up his skates. He relishes coaching his sons youth team and taking his daughter to gymnastics, but this summer he accepted a job as pro scout for the Chicago Blackhawks. I think itll be interesting to see how that side of the game works, he said. Im looking forward to it. source:

Im sure hell do fine when he gets his chance, too. The Blackhawks also are playing without forward Patrick Sharp, who had a team-high 34 goals last season and is out with a lower-body injury. The team said Sharp would miss three to four weeks after he was hurt Nov. 4, and Quenneville has stuck with that timeline when asked about the winger. Crawford, 29, missed six games earlier this season with an upper-body injury, but he has started every game since his return. He likely will shoulder much of the load on the road trip, which begins with a Canadian swing and closes with stops in Colorado, Anaheim and Los Angeles. The challenging stretch comes at an important time for the Blackhawks (10-7-1), who have won three of four after a slump of six losses in nine games. Nashville and St. Louis are off to a strong start in the Central, and Chicago also needs to make up ground in the Western Conference. The circus trip has been kind to the Blackhawks in the past. They went 6-1 on the trip last season to improve to 22-11-4 on the circus run since captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane entered the league in the 2007-08 season. source:

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Team Grier’s Casey Fitzgerald chases Team Olczyk’s Tom Novak during Thursday’s Prospects Game.

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. 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:


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