Fall Of Stars Among Early Surprises Of Nhl Season – Connecticut Post

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Brad Richards scores twice, leads Blackhawks past Kings | FOX Sports

Up front, the Stars are without winger Valeri Nichushkin until March after he had hip surgery. And Hemsky still hasn’t panned out with just a goal and five assists in 23 games. “We’ve had a lot of guys on our team (who) just haven’t clicked,” Nill said. The opposite is true for the Predators, whose 34 points through 23 games were tied for tops in the league pending the Lightning’s game Monday night at the New York Rangers . Nashville has gotten superb goaltending from Pekka Rinne , who leads all starters with a 1.82 GAA and .933 save percentage. “There’s no question that psychologically you probably play a little bit different with Pekka in net than we did last year for 51 games that he wasn’t there,” GM David Poile said. Rinne missed much of last season with a hip injury and an infection. He returned for the end of 2013-14 and starred for Finland at the world championships. The Predators are back in contention under new coach Peter Laviolette thanks in large part to some new additions. Twenty-year-old Filip Forsberg is Nashville’s leading scorer, and his linemates free-agent signee Mike Ribeiro and trade acquisition James Neal have produced plenty, as well. “We believe that we have a good team here and we can compete against any team,” Ribeiro said. source: http://www.ctpost.com/sports/article/Fall-of-Stars-among-early-surprises-of-NHL-season-5928082.php

NHL Power Rankings for Nov. 23 – Sports – The Buffalo News

— A big part of Tampa Bay’s strong start has been dominance on its home ice, and that continued as the Lightning pulled away in the final period to a win over Ottawa at Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay (16-6-2) improved to 10-2-1 at home — only Los Angeles got to 10 home wins faster — while getting strong play in goal from Ben Bishop, who improved to 14-3-2 after giving up the game’s first goal. The Lightning took their first lead just 76 seconds into the third period on center Alex Killorn’s seventh goal of the season, deftly redirecting a long shot from defenseman Anton Stralman in front of the net to beat Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner. Maple Leafs 6, Capitals 2 TORONTO — Center Tyler Bozak scored two goals and Toronto defeated Washington. Defensemen Morgan Rielly and Cody Franson, right winger David Clarkson and left winger Joffrey Lupul also scored for the Maple Leafs (12-8-3), who started a five-game home stand with the convincing win. Right winger Phil Kessel added two assists for the Maple Leafs. Right winger Troy Brouwer and right winger Tom Wilson scored for the Capitals (10-9-4). Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier, who started for the fifth game in a row, made 34 saves. Sabres 4, Canadiens 3 (SO) MONTREAL — Center Brian Flynn scored the shootout winner to give Buffalo a win over Montreal at Bell Centre. Flynn, center Zemgus Girgensons and right winger Chris Stewart scored for Buffalo in regulation. The Canadiens got goals from right winger Brendan Gallagher, who on Saturday received a six-year contract extension, center Lars Eller and left winger Max Pacioretty. source: http://www.koco.com/sports/nhl-game-roundup-islanders-penguins-tied-atop-division/29988000

Brad Richards’ 2 goals lead Blackhawks over Kings – Yahoo Sports

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. 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://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/brad-richards-scores-twice-leads-blackhawks-past-kings-113014

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

NHL game roundup: Islanders, Penguins tied atop division | Oklahoma City – OKC – KOCO.com

Bizarre that theyre this good with only a plus-7 goal differential. (3) 2. Anaheim Ducks. Took a chance on deal for Habs Bourque. (1) 3. Pittsburgh Penguins. With Dupuis out for year with blood clot, does ex-Crosby teammate Stafford come on their radar? (2) 4. Tampa Bay Lightning. Callahan gets a goal and a win in return to New York. source: http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/nhl-power-rankings/nhl-power-rankings-for-nov-23-20141122

 

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