Brad Richards’ 2 Goals Lead Blackhawks Over Kings – Yahoo Sports

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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. 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). … source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/brad-richards-2-goals-lead-blackhawks-over-kings-054426389–nhl.html

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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. Seguin said before training camp that Dallas was ready to contend with the Los Angeles Kings , Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues , the top teams in the West. A trip to the playoffs last season, even though it ended in the first round at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks , infused plenty of belief in the Stars, and off-season additions of Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky added to that. “(Being a contender is) something earned more than just given, and I think we did that last year,” Seguin said in September. “But that’s one year. We want to be a consistent team.” Consistent, the Stars have not been. Coming into Tuesday night’s game at the Toronto Maple Leafs , Dallas is 3-4-1 in its past eight games. Starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen (.905 save percentage) hasn’t played well, and backup Anders Lindback has been worse with a goals-against average of 4.63 and save percentage of .861. source: http://www.timesunion.com/sports/article/Stars-fall-among-early-surprises-5928651.php

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1 Star: Vladimir Tarasenko , St. Louis Blues The game-breaking winger broke the game in overtime, as the Blues completed a rally against the Edmonton Oilers , 4-3. Tarasenko scored on a great individual effort, turning around Justin Schultz. No. 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. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-three-stars–tarasenko-wins-in-ot–miller-shuts-out-another-054447680.html

You can put anyone with Joe Thornton and make them decent. St. Louis Blues: Oh come on. Tampa Bay Lightning : The Bolts are off to an historically good start this season. Getting 34 points from 24 games puts them on pace for 116 for the year, and the underlying numbers suggest that even if this hot start is a bit of a fluke, they’re not going to drop off too precipitously. Vancouver Canucks : Breaking news, Ryan Miller is better than Drew Miller . Washington Capitals : The good news for Barry Trotz is that both of his goalies have played about equally well in the last little stretch here. The bad news is that they haven’t actually played well at all . Winnipeg Jets : The Jets took 19 points out of 15 games in November despite a busy schedule. Is this the year they make the playoffs and we have to listen to all their fans get all conceited again about how great this team can be? Hope not. 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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In a matchup of teams that both won two of the last five Stanley Cup titles, Daniel Carcillo added a goal, and Brandon Saad scored into an empty net with 1:49 remaining. Corey Crawford made 19 saves for the Blackhawks, who went 5-1 on their road trip. Jordan Nolan scored, and Jonathan Quick stopped 21 shots for Los Angeles. 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. 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. source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/brad-richards-scores-twice-leads-blackhawks-past-kings-113014

 

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