What We Learned: After Subban Failure, Montreal Gm Passes Test | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

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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

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings – Recap – November 29, 2014 – ESPN

Richards gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead at the 7:58 mark, beating Andersen to the glove side with a 35-foot wrist shot at the end of a 2-on-1 rush. Shaw made it 2-0 at 13:30 of the first, redirecting the puck past Andersen’s left leg from the low slot after Duncan Keith set him up from the left circle. By then, Chicago had an 11-1 shot advantage, and Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau called a timeout. Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) November 29, 2014 The Blackhawks didn’t get a shot on net the rest of the period, and Anaheim got on the board with Lindholm’s goal 3:11 before intermission. He batted in a rebound of Patrick Maroon’s 50-foot slap shot off Crawford’s mask, just seconds after Ryan Kesler received a solid open-ice hit from Niklas Hjalmarsson that knocked him to the ice. But Kane restored the Blackhawks’ two-goal margin at 10:36 of the second with a one-timer from the low slot after Kris Versteeg made a between-the-legs pass to him from behind the net. Kane has scored a goal in five of his last seven games, including two game-winners. 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. source: http://www.foxsports.com/west/story/kane-s-5th-goal-in-7-games-lifts-blackhawks-over-ducks-112814

Patrick Kane’s 5th goal in 7 games lifts Chicago Blackhawks over Anaheim Ducks | FOX Sports

It was the first meeting between the teams since the Western Conference finals, won in seven games by the eventual Cup champion Kings. Trailing 2-0, the Kings got on the board at 5:53 of the second period when defenseman Jake Muzzin ‘s slap shot from the left point hit the shaft of Nolan’s stick and fluttered between Crawford’s pads. 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. … source: http://scores.espn.go.com/nhl/recap?gameId=400564612

He batted in a rebound of Patrick Maroon’s 50-foot slap shot off Crawford’s mask, just seconds after Kesler received a solid open-ice hit from Niklas Hjalmarsson that knocked him backward and onto the ice. “We obviously weren’t able to sustain it after that,” Boudreau said. “They obviously said between periods that they’re not going to allow it. They came out flying and put us on our heels right off the bat, and I don’t think that helped.” Kane restored the Blackhawks’ two-goal margin at 10:36 of the second with a one-timer from the low slot after Kris Versteeg made a between-the-legs pass to him from behind the net. Kane has scored a goal in five of his last seven games, including two game-winners. “Versteeg’s been real good. He was like the player we envisioned him to be this year,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “He’s dangerous. When he has that puck he can make some real slippery plays and he’s got real good patience and play recognition.” 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. He is expected to join the team in time for Saturday night’s game at San Jose. source: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/nhl_coverage/2014/11/kanes_5th_goal_in_7_games_helps_blackhawks_win

NHL-Highlights of Wednesday’s NHL games – Yahoo News

— Right winger Cal Clutterbuck scored the game-winning goal in the second period Saturday night as the New York Islanders concluded one of the best Novembers in franchise history with a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils in front of a sellout crowd at Nassau Coliseum. NHL game roundup: Islanders, Penguins… Left winger Nikolay Kulemin also scored for the Islanders (17-7-0), who went 11-3-0 in November to surge into a tie for first place in the Metropolitan Division with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Only one other Islanders team, the 1980-81 squad that won the second of the franchise’ s four straight Stanley Cups, recorded more wins in November (12-1-2). Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves in winning his ninth straight start. He was particularly brilliant in the third period, when the Devils didn’t score despite outshooting the Islanders 16-2. Penguins 3, Hurricanes 2 RALEIGH, N.C. — Pittsburgh tied a franchise record with its 10th win in November, getting goals from left winger Chris Kunitz and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo less than two minutes apart in the first period en route to a victory over Carolina. The Penguins (16-5-2) also won 10 games in November in 1995 and 2010, and improved to 9-2-1 on the road — the best mark in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes (7-13-3) started the month 5-0-1 but have now lost seven of nine. source: http://www.wlwt.com/sports/nhl-game-roundup-islanders-penguins-tied-atop-division/29988000

Kane’s 5th goal in 7 games helps Blackhawks win | Boston Herald

The focus was on St Louis on his return to his old arena, but Callahan — acquired in a trade for the winger late last season — got the tying and go-ahead goals, giving him four against his old team in 11 days. Tampa Bay (15-6-2) improved to 9-2-1 at home. – – – Penguins 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT) Left winger Blake Comeau scored with 2:07 left in overtime, capping his first career hat-trick and leading the Pittsburgh Penguins past the Toronto Maple Leafs. Pittsburgh (15-4-2) won their fifth straight against the Maple Leafs as center Sidney Crosby registered two assists, joining Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr as the only players in franchise history to reach 800 career points. – – – Kings 4, Wild 0 Goaltender Martin Jones made 28 saves and the Los Angeles Kings scored four goals in the first period and then played 40 minutes of defensive hockey for a shutout win over the Minnesota Wild, who lost at home for just the second time this season. – – – Jets 2, Sabres 1 Center Bryan Little and right winger Michael Frolik scored to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a road win over the Buffalo Sabres, whose three-game winning streak ended. Goalie Ondrej Pavelec made 19 saves for Winnipeg (12-9-3), which improved to 8-4-2 on the road. – – – Red Wings 5, Flyers 2 Center Pavel Datsyuk, back in action after missing four games with a groin injury, scored twice and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Philadelphia Flyers. – – – Panthers 1, Hurricanes 0 The Florida Panthers got their quickest goal of the season and beat the toothless Carolina Hurricanes. Center Nick Bjugstad scored after 21 seconds and it turned out to be the only goal of the game as the Hurricanes fell to 2-9-2 away from home, the worst road record in the NHL. – – – Flames 2, Sharks 0 Calgary goalie Karri Ramo stopped 32 shots to record his first shutout of the season as the Flames beat the San Jose Sharks, who have been held to two or fewer goals in 11-of-24 games. source: http://news.yahoo.com/nhl-highlights-wednesdays-nhl-games-045144549–nhl.html

 

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