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

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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 Muzzins slap shot from the left point hit the shaft of Nolans stick and fluttered between Crawfords pads. 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). source:

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”I can sit here and make excuses, but we just weren’t good enough. We have a lot of NHL-caliber players in here. Freddie played a great game, and we let him down.” The Blackhawks were leading 3-1 when Anaheim’s Kyle Palmieri received a 5-minute boarding penalty and an automatic game misconduct with 9.4 seconds left in the second period. He took a run at Johnny Oduya from at least 40 feet away and sent him crashing against the boards between the benches as Oduya was carrying the puck up ice with his head down. ”My view was that (Oduya) was falling and he was turning at the same time,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. ”Palmi didn’t change his direction, didn’t hit him in the head – just kept following through with the check. I think because the Chicago bench stood up and everybody made a big deal about it, that’s why the penalty was called.” Crawford, making his 13th consecutive start, didn’t have to face a shot during the first 7 1-2 minutes with his teammates dominating play at the other end. 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. ”We talked about it before the game, that the forwards were going to have to help the D today,” Boudreau said. ”Chicago was on a mission, and that’s as good as they’ve played against us in a long time. source:

The Blackhawks had beaten Calgary and Edmonton before a 3-2 victory at Colorado on Wednesday. Jonathan Toews , Andrew Sharp and Brian Bickell scored, while Patrick Kane also pitched in with his first three-assist night since Dec. 8, 2013. Two of the three goals came on the power play, making it six straight games in which Chicago has scored with the advantage after netting two in its previous five. “We’ve been pleased and happy with it,” coach Joel Quenneville said of his power-play unit, which ranks among league leaders with 19 goals. “Two big goals got the momentum back on our side. What a hockey game that was, anybody’s hockey game.” The Blackhawks’ lone loss on the swing came at Vancouver on Sunday. The circus trip has proved successful for them in years past. They went 6-1 last season to improve to 22-11-4 since Toews and Kane entered the NHL in 2007. “That was a really big win for us,” said Corey Crawford, who made 27 saves for his 10th win. source:–nhl.html

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Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons, who has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 24 games, leads all players with nearly 400,000 votes. Hes a little more than 150,000 ahead of Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, who led the first wave of voting and currently has 240,362 votes. The Chicago Blackhawks continue to dominate voting, with one or two players in the top four at each position. Patrice Bergeron is the only Boston Bruins player on the forward leaderboard, ranking 25th with 44,359 votes. Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (10th with 79,928 votes) and goaltender Tuukka Rask (seventh with 59,352 votes) are the other Boston players on the voting leaderboards. Fans have until Jan. 1 to vote for players who deserve to be in this years All-Star Game, which will be hosted by the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Jan. 25. Thumbnail photo viaJames Guillory/USA TODAY Sports Images Have a Bruins/NHL question for Nick Goss? Send it to him via Twitter at @NickGossNESN source:


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