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Isles turn it around. A day after blowing a lead to Pittsburgh on the road, the Islanders rebounded against the Penguins to get a 4-1 win at Nassau Coliseum. 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. source: http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/11/23/7270077/nhl-scores-2014-blackhawks-oilers-islanders-penguins

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What they needed at that time and now, though, was either another center or a defenseman. Did they punt things in choosing Nail Yakupov over Ryan Murray? A convincing case could be made. But the difference between the two, apart from team need, was never all that clear back then and remains that way now as well. Getting into the Xes and Os of the losses this season almost seems beside the point. Yeah, you could say, here’s what Edmonton did wrong against Chicago (7-1), or Los Angeles (6-1), or Arizona (7-4), but it’s all symptomatic of bigger problems within the organization. Consequently, firing Dallas Eakins isn’t the answer because Scotty Bowman couldn’t coach this roster to a winning season. Justin Schultz and Nikita Nikitin are their two most-used defensemen and while they’re both pitiable in those roles, the alternatives really aren’t much better. Andrew Ference? Jeff Petry? These aren’t top-pairing options in the National Hockey League. It’s on Craig MacTavish to go out and get talent and he went 0-fer this summer: No defensive help, and the team’s No. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/what-we-learned–failure-could-be-edmonton-oilers–only-path-to-success-073047610.html

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The Toronto Maple Leafs salute the crowd following a win over the Detroit Red Wings in an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

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. Danault was Chicago’s first-round pick, 26th overall, in 2011. … source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/jonathan-toews-matian-hossa-lead-blackhawks-in-rout-of-oilers-112314

 

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