Chicago Blackhawks Make Statement With Convincing Win Over Los Angeles Kings | Bleacher Report

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Slap shots a thing of the past in NHL – The Denver Post

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.

He was thoroughly impressed with what he saw from the Blackhawks. “They’re a tough team to come back on because they’re a great defending team,” Sutter said after the game to the Associated Press’ Joe Resnick (via “They’re the best team in the league through the first two months of the year, and that’s clear.” Quenneville, third on the all-time regular-season coaching victory list with 721 wins , was not as effusive as Sutter. However, he likes the way his team has been playing. We got off to an ordinary start, Quenneville told Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times. But we can see the team trending in the right direction. Its a sign that, hey, were coming. When we play the right way, were a dangerous team. Richards is starting to come around for the Blackhawks after a slow start. He also scored against the Ducks, and that gave him goals in back-to-back games for the first time as a member of the Blackhawks. It’s the first time he has scored three goals in two regular-season games since Oct. 2013 when he was a member of the New York Rangers. Crawford contributed 19 timely saves in the victory over the Kings. He has now started 14 consecutive games, and he has a .928 save percentage over that time frame. source:

Richards Scores Twice As Blackhawks Dump Kings, 4-1 « CBS Los Angeles

(Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports) Forbes released its annual NHL team valuations Tuesday. Though some team officials gripe at these, saying that they’re off for whatever reasons — the news is generally positive. First, the good according to Forbes: “Fueled by a new Canadian media deal withRogers Communicationsthat begins with the 2014-15 season, the average NHLteamvalue rose 18.6% during the past year, to an all-time high of $490 million. The 12-year, $4.6 billion agreement, which gave Rogers rights to all NHL games in Canada, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final, on all of its platforms, in all languages, is worth 2.6 times more annually than the leagues previous Canadian deals.” Now the sort of bad — which we already knew … that the NHL lags behind other major North American pro sports because these television deals don’t exactly equate to what MLB, the NFL or the NBA get from their respective partners: “The Rogers media deal notwithstanding, the NHL remains the most tribal of the four major North American team sports because the NBA, NFL and MLB still have much bigger equally-shared national media and sponsorship deals.” And the mistake: “Still, 29 of the 30 teams rose in value, and the one exception, the Florida Panthers (down 21%), was due to a mistake I made last September inreportingthe sale price of the team as $240 million, which we used for our value of the team two months later. But subsequent to the publication of our 2013 valuations I learned that the true sale price was $160 million (the widely reported price of$250 millionat the time of the deal included future operating losses that should not be included in calculating an enterprise value). Had we used the correct sale price of $160 million the value of the Panthers would have increased 19%.” So for those who were chirping for the Panthers to move out of South Florida because of one game where they had miserable attendance … chill. Now that we have that all out there, nothing on their list is truly a major, super big surprise. The big market teams are worth more than the smaller market teams. Also, the falling Canadian dollar is not accounted for, since it says it uses the 93 cents per-US dollar figure from the 2013-14 season. source:

NHL Capsules – Washington Times

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. Further evolution in the game has contributed to the slap shot’s demise: more puck-possessing European players from a 1980s influx, graphite sticks that make wrist shots nearly as fast as the wood-stick slappers of old, and coaches who figured out that putting pressure on shooters from every point on the ice is the best defense. source:

NHL team values zoom upwards per Forbes | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

It was the first goal in 14 games this season for Nolan, who would have been a healthy scratch if not for Marian Gaboriks 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 Rozsivals 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 seasons 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 Crawfords 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. Chicagos only power-play opportunity came when Robyn Regehr was sent off for hooking with 10:37 left in the third period. source:

The Flyers held a players only meeting after Wednesdays 5-2 loss at Detroit but responded with a similar result. The Rangers had skated to a 2-0 win over the Flyers on Nov. 19. The teams will play in New York on Saturday. RED WINGS 5, DEVILS 4, SO NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Gustav Nyquist scored the only goal in the shootout, and Detroit rallied to beat New Jersey. The Red Wings had trailed 4-1 before surging to victory. Riley Sheahan, Xavier Ouellet, Justin Abdelkader and Drew Miller scored for the Red Wings in regulation. Backup goalie Petr Mrazek, in his second start of the season, made 21 saves for Detroit through overtime. Mike Cammalleri scored two power-play goals for New Jersey. source:


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