Brad Richards Scores Twice, Leads Blackhawks Past Kings | Fox Sports

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It was the first goal in 14 games this season for Nolan, who would have been a healthy scratch if not for Marian Gaborik’s upper-body injury. Chicago regained its two-goal margin at 8:14 of the second on a rush in which four players touched the puck in the Kings end. Richards converted Michal Rozsival’s pass at the left of the net for his sixth goal and third in two games. Richards failed to score a goal for the New York Rangers during last season’s Stanley Cup finals. FOX SPORTS DAILY SUBSCRIBE Carcillo opened the scoring at 1:52 of the first, batting in his own rebound after the Kings won a faceoff in their zone and turned over the puck. Just 28 seconds after serving Crawford’s tripping penalty, Kris Versteeg took the puck away from Quick and Matt Greene behind the net and found Richards at the left of the crease for a one-timer that beat Quick with 2:01 left in the first. NOTES: Kings D Alec Martinez missed his seventh straight game because of an upper-body injury. … This was the sixth time this season that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane both failed to get a point for the Blackhawks, and the first time the team won (1-4-1). … The Blackhawks came in averaging an NHL-leading 36.5 shots on net. … source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/brad-richards-scores-twice-leads-blackhawks-past-kings-113014

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Photo: Brandon Wade, AP Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin (91) shoots the puck past… Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Scott Hartnell (43) has his shot blocked by Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, in the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Photo: Mark Zaleski, AP Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Scott Hartnell (43) has his shot… Darien’s Ostberg wins Foot Locker Northeast Regional cross country title Page 1 of 1 Tyler Seguin thought the Dallas Stars could’ve been a contender. They still might be, but it’ll take some work. More than a quarter of the way through the regular season, the Stars are 11th in the competitive Western Conference and five points back of a playoff spot. Along with the successes of the Nashville Predators , Vancouver Canucks , Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens , the Stars’ struggles have been among the biggest surprises in the NHL so far. “We’ve lost games we probably should’ve won,” general manager Jim Nill said recently. “But it’s that old analogy: When you dig a hole, it takes more dirt to fill it in. source: http://www.ctpost.com/sports/article/Fall-of-Stars-among-early-surprises-of-NHL-season-5928082.php

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Sound Tigers goalie Kenny Reiter is surrounded as his teammates try to knock the puck home during pre-game warmups at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. on Sunday, November 24, 2013.

Jan Hejda stared into space when asked the same question. “I think two or three years ago, but I can’t remember who shot the puck,” the veteran Avalanche defenseman said. George Roy Hill immortalized it with his classic sports/comedy film of 1977, starring Paul Newman. It would need a different title today, as the “Slap Shot” only occasionally shows itself in NHL games. But “Snap Shot” wouldn’t have been as sexy on the marquee. “You take a slap shot today, it actually gets to the net slower than a wrister. A slap shot today just doesn’t get through. The goalies are so big now, and ‘D’ is too fast closing the gap. If you’re on the wall, you have no play trying to get the puck in front.” Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ray Bourque fires a shot on goal during the 2001 the Shooting Accuracy event during All-Star weekend. (David Zalubowski, The Associated Press) Slap shots do actually still happen. But they usually come only in two forms: from the blue line, most often on a power play, or on one-timers off set-up plays, probably most often on a power play. Otherwise, the game of yesteryear when forwards were usually much faster than defensemen and goaltenders had little in the way of protection from equipment is long gone. source: http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_27035525/slap-shots-thing-past-nhl?source=rss

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It was the first goal in 14 games this season for Nolan, who would have been a healthy scratch if not for Marian Gaborik ‘s upper-body injury. Chicago regained its two-goal margin at 8:14 of the second on a rush in which four players touched the puck in the Kings end. Richards converted Michal Rozsival ‘s pass at the left of the net for his sixth goal and third in two games. Richards failed to score a goal for the New York Rangers during last season’s Stanley Cup finals. Carcillo opened the scoring at 1:52 of the first, batting in his own rebound after the Kings won a faceoff in their zone and turned over the puck. Just 28 seconds after serving Crawford’s tripping penalty, Kris Versteeg took the puck away from Quick and Matt Greene behind the net and found Richards at the left of the crease for a one-timer that beat Quick with 2:01 left in the first. Game notes Kings D Alec Martinez missed his seventh straight game because of an upper-body injury. … This was the sixth time this season that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane both failed to get a point for the Blackhawks, and the first time the team won (1-4-1). … The Blackhawks came in averaging an NHL-leading 36.5 shots on net. source: http://scores.espn.go.com/nhl/recap?gameId=400564612

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Former Avalanche star Rob Blake, shown in a "hardest shot" competition, was feared for his hits on defense — and for his devastating slap shot on offense.

This is probably not any sort of coincidence. And it must be said that both those teams’ situations are helped by pre-Luongo Rule contracts, which is not the case for Montreal. That’s not to say the Habs or the Kings or Blackhawks don’t still carry some iffy contracts, of course; but the key to successful GMing is minimizing those bad deals, or at least buying yourself some wiggle room with good ones. Without having re-signed a few RFAs (most notably Alex Galchenyuk , who will almost certainly get a similar deal to Gallagher’s, and perhaps just a little cheaper), Montreal has 15 guys under contract for next season and more than $11.5 million to spend. They’ll move guys like Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi into more prominent roles on still-cheap second contracts, and off we go into a brave new world in which the Canadiens are probably sustainably good for some time to come. Great? I don’t know; they probably need a little more help on the back end. But the building blocks are there. Coaches talk a lot about what they call, Teachable moments, in which players can make a dumb mistake and not pay too dearly for it. Maybe they concede a goal, maybe they even cough up a game, but they can learn from it. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/what-we-learned–after-subban-failure–montreal-gm-passes-test-144248578.html

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“We’ve been pleased and happy with it,” coach Joel Quenneville said of his power-play unit, which ranks among league leaders with 19 goals. “Two big goals got the momentum back on our side. What a hockey game that was, anybody’s hockey game.” The Blackhawks’ lone loss on the swing came at Vancouver on Sunday. The circus trip has proved successful for them in years past. They went 6-1 last season to improve to 22-11-4 since Toews and Kane entered the NHL in 2007. “That was a really big win for us,” said Corey Crawford, who made 27 saves for his 10th win. “After a tough loss in Vancouver, it was nice to get back on track. “Hard fought win for us.” Crawford has started each of Chicago’s last 12 games, going 7-5 with a 2.09 goals-against average. He is 7-4-1 against Anaheim in his career, but was not in net for their most recent meeting – a 1-0 road victory for the Ducks on Oct. 28. Anaheim (14-5-5) and Montreal are tied for the league lead with 33 points after the Ducks picked up at least one in 11 of their past 12 contests. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-ducks-preview-212630066–nhl.html

 

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