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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. Jaromir Jagr got his 709th goal, moving into sole possession of sixth place on the NHL career list – one ahead of Mike Gartner. Peter Harrold also scored for the Devils. Nyquist beat Cory Schneider in the third round of the shootout, and Mrazek sealed the win with a pad stop on Michael Ryder. BLACKHAWKS 4, DUCKS 1 ANAHEIM, Calif. source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/nov/29/nhl-capsules/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

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“Duncan (Keith) threw kind of a half-decent pass to Kane and he picked it up,” Bickell said. “I don’t know how he was handling it when it was bouncing, but he made a play and got the puck to the net.” Until then it appeared Pickard might steal a win for Colorado. He kept the Blackhawks off the board in the first period and made four of his 13 saves in the first 20 minutes on Marian Hossa , who had several chances. Hossa finished with a game-high nine shots. Pickard has established himself as the starter until Semyon Varlamov returns from a groin injury that has sidelined him the last four games. “It’s good for me playing games in the NHL,” Pickard said. “You get to feel more comfortable each one that goes by.” Pickard’s strong play continued into the second. Chicago went on the power play early in the period and put a lot of pressure on Pickard but couldn’t beat him. The Avalanche capitalized when Talbot scored less than two minutes later to give Colorado a 1-0 lead. It was Talbot’s second of the season. source: http://stats.denver.cbslocal.com/nhl/recap.asp?lg=NHL&g=2014112617&ref=rec&tm=17&src=NHL

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Daredevil Nik Wallenda walks a tightrope between Marina City and the Leo Burnett Building on Nov. 2, 2014. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

2 Star: Tyler Ennis , Buffalo Sabres Its possible Ennis is actually a leprechaun. How else to explain the incredible luck he had in scoring a goal of the year candidate and then setting up Matt Moulsons game-winner with a shot off the glass that ended up being a layup? The Sabres won, 2-1. No. 3 Star: Ryan Miller , Vancouver Canucks Miller pitched his second straight shutout, making 31 saves in a 5-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets that was closer than the score would indicate. Honorable Mention: Rick Nash scored goal No. 16, Marty St. Louis hit 1,000 career points and Cam Talbot made 26 saves in a 3-0 shutout of the Philadelphia Flyers . Patrick Kane scored twice and the Chicago Blackhawks peppered Fredrik Andersen with 37 shots in their 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks . Matt Niskanen had three assists and Alex Ovechkin scored goal No. 12 in their 5-2 win over the New York Islanders . Tuukka Rask made 36 saves and Dougie Hamilton had a goal and an assist in the Boston Bruins 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets . Gustav Nyquist had the shootout winner in the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 rally against the New Jersey Devils . source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-three-stars–tarasenko-wins-in-ot–miller-shuts-out-another-054447680.html

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And many who are not accustomed to or a fan of advanced stats may laugh and say these numbers don’t matter and that it’s just the performance on the ice that means anything at the end of the day. But these numbers do say something. What they tell Sabres fans is the Sabres are still woefully bad in terms of puck possession and that they are giving up a hilariously high number of scoring chances every game. So how have they been able to come up on top then? Stellar netminding from Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth. Enroth has played in five of the six games due to a lower-body injury Neuvirth suffered Nov. 18 against San Jose, and he has played spectacularly. In his five appearances, Enroth stopped 157 of 165 shots for a save percentage of .951. It doesn’t need explaining that that number is well over the league average and almost 20 points better than Pekka Rinne’s .933 . Needless to say, that level of netminding is unsustainable in long stretches. If Enroth were to have played at Rinne’s league-best level (Jets backup Michael Hutchinson has only played in eight games this season) during that stretch, he would have allowed three more goals, enough to arguably lose the Sabres two of those games. To take it a step further and use Enroth’s career average save percentage of .913, the Sabres probably would’ve lost all those games, as they would have allowed about seven more goals. This is obviously not to take away from the performances Enroth has hadit’s just to say that it is next to impossible for him to maintain this level of play for much longer, let alone the entire season. And if the Sabres are going to be outshot close to a 2-1 margin every game, he needs to play like this for them to have a shot. But on a more positive note, the Sabres look to have something special in both Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2285269-buffalo-sabres-does-this-string-of-wins-signal-the-end-of-the-tank

He wasn’t the one who traded for Eller, and he didn’t draft Desharnais or Subban or Emelin or Gallagher or Price. But charged as he is with stewardship of this team, one has to praise his approach. Combined, this very nice, relatively young core of the Canadiens makes a relatively small amount of money against the cap $34.85 million for an elite goaltender, a Norris-winning defenseman, a No. 3 D, and two-thirds of a top-six between Price, Subban, Emelin, Max Pacioretty , Desharnais, Eller, and Gallagher that really gives the team a lot more flexibility than its biggest rivals in the East. The Bruins, for instance, are likely going to be in a state of perpetual cap crunch for the next few years at least, Pittsburgh likewise has no space against the ceiling, and Tampa’s pretty squeezed as well. Having less than $35 million committed to six players of such quality and in such key positions is exceedingly rare in this league, and the GMs who are able to finagle such situations are those that have a lot of success. Los Angeles has a core of Kopitar, Gaborik, Richards, Williams, Doughty, Voynov, and Quick at around $37 million. Chicago has Kane, Toews, Hossa, Shaw, Seabrook, Keith, and Crawford at around the same price point. 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. 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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Kane scored his 10th of the season into en empty net with 59 seconds left. Chicago was 0 for 5 on the power play, ending its streak of six straight games with a power-play goal. The Ducks have yielded five goals in 47 short-handed situations over their last 15 games. The Ducks, strapped for healthy defensemen, announced during the first period that they had acquired 16-year veteran Eric Brewer from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Francois Beauchemin is sidelined for a minimum of four to six weeks because of a broken finger on his right hand. He was hurt blocking a shot during Tuesdays 3-2 win against Calgary. NOTES: Ducks D Clayton Stoner missed his third straight game because of the mumps. D Jesse Blacker made his NHL debut after getting promoted from Norfolk of the AHL. The Blackhawks conclude their annual road trip because of the circus Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings. Chicago and Los Angeles each have won two of the last five Stanley Cup championships. source: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/11/28/kanes-fifth-goal-in-seven-games-helps-blackhawks-win/


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