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NHL gets it right with no hearing for Seidenberg on Jonathan Toews hit | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

Toews left in the second period of Thursday’s 3-2 win at Boston after falling into the boards following a hit by defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. The Chicago captain didn’t return but coach Joel Quenneville said the upper-body injury he suffered didn’t appear to be serious. ”He seemed all right,” Quenneville said. “It looks like he’s going to be all right.” With 11 goals and 12 assists, Toews is tied for second on the team in points and is certainly a player Chicago (20-8-1) can’t afford to lose, even amidst their longest winning stretch since an 11-game run Feb. 15-March 6, 2013. The Blackhawks, though, have reason to believe they’ll remain successful even if Toews misses time. “It’s a solid team effort from top to bottom,” forward Patrick Sharp told the NHL’s official website. “(Some players are) certainly important to the lineup, but having said that, if someone goes down, our organization has great depth, and people can fit in and keep the ‘Hawk train rolling.” Winners of 13 of 15, the Blackhawks’ only other seven-game road winning streak came Dec. 9-29, 1964. They haven’t allowed more than two goals in any of the last six away from home. Scott Darling made 32 saves Thursday to improve to 4-0-0 on the road this season. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-islanders-preview-183227584–nhl.html

ET. The Blackhawks are rolling as they enter the game on a seven-game win streak. Chicago hasn’t exactly been feasting on lesser-thans during the streak either. Chicago has wins against Montreal, Nashville, St. Louis, Anaheim, and Los Angeles in that time, and now the team faces a Bruins squad coming off a 5-2 win against Arizona on Saturday. Even counting Saturday’s victory, however, Boston has lost five of the past seven games. The team is looking to get things right and may have David Krejci back against Chicago. With Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane , and Marian Hossa to wrangle as well as recently returned Patrick Sharp , at least the Bruins have Tuukka Rask . Elsewhere, the Columbus Blue Jackets take their four-game winning streak into Washington to face Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals at 7 p.m. Columbus has gotten great play from Sergei Bobrovsky and has a host of different forwards scoring goals. The Caps would like to see a bit more from Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom as they try to extend their three-game winning streak. source: http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/12/11/7375175/2014-nhl-schedule-blackhawks-bruins-tv-schedule

NHL schedule 2014: Blackhawks bring seven-game win streak to Boston – SBNation.com

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Chicago is 7-1-0 in its last eight road tilts. * Boston defeated Arizona, 5-2, at Gila River Arena last Saturday, snapping its three-game losing streak in the process. The Bruins are 7-2-0 when getting two or more days off between games this season (8-10-1 in all other contests). * Tonight marks the first of two meetings between these clubs in 2014-15. Dating to the beginning of 2010-11, the Bs are 3-0-1 in their last four regular-season games against the Blackhawks. * Duncan Keith lit the lamp on Tuesday night, giving him nine points (3g, 6a) in the last 11 games, and earning first-star honors in the win. Keith has five points (2g, 3a) in his last five skates against the Bruins. * Including two goals against the Coyotes last Saturday, Brad Marchand has recorded back-to-back multi-point games for the first time in 2014-15. Marchand, who has two markers and two assists in four career skates against the Bruins, has never scored two or more points in three straight games during his time in the NHL. * Chicago has a plus-29 goal differential in 2014-15 best of any NHL club. Bostons goal differential is minus-2 this season (18th in the league). source: http://wgntv.com/2014/12/11/blackhawks-game-notes-for-thursday-boston/

Blackhawks Game Notes For Thursday @ Boston | WGN-TV

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The first time Seidenberg sees Toews numbers is when the Blackhawks captain is rolling on the ground. Again: Its a battle for a loose puck. Claude Julien came off as unfeeling in his postgame comments, but hes sorta correct: I certainly dont like seeing those kinds of things, but this is where its important to take care of ourselves. So, I view that five-on-three were going to close a gap quickly, and Dennis [Seidenberg] is a strong individual, said Julien. Is he supposed to get weak because of that situation? Or he just plays to his strength. I wasnt happy. I looked at it, and it could be arguable, but from my end of it I think its what it is. Our guys need to finish their checks and sure, youve got to be careful, but Im sure he knew that [Seidenberg] was coming. Thats code for Toews turned his back to the play, which is a bit much. But his body positioning to play the puck helped turn a shoulder hit into one from behind. This isnt to blame Toews, but rather its to explain how things went badly. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-gets-it-right-with-no-hearing-for-seidenberg-on-jonathan-toews-hit-163034029.html

Blackhawks lose Toews, beat Bruins 3-2 – Washington Times

Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) drops Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara to the ice during the first period of an NHL game in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Chara has been sidelined since October with a left knee injury. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Mike Smith had 33 saves as Arizona extended its longest home skid since the team moved from Winnipeg in 1996. The Coyotes have lost four straight overall and nine of 11. AVALANCHE 4, JETS 3, SO DENVER (AP) Matt Duchene had a goal and an assist in regulation and scored the decisive goal in the shootout, Calvin Pickard had 30 saves through overtime, and stopped two more shots with the game on the line as Colorado rallied to beat Winnipeg. Ryan O’Reilly and Jarome Iginla also had regulation goals for Colorado, which snapped a four-game skid. Mark Scheifele, who had a goal and two assists, gave Winnipeg a 3-1 lead at 4:32 of the third, but Iginla’s wrister with 7:05 left got the Avalanche within a goal. O’Reilly tied it with 2:42 remaining in regulation. After a scoreless overtime, Nathan MacKinnon and Duchene beat goalie Ondrej Pavelec with a couple of backhanders. Pickard stopped Mathieu Perreault and Blake Wheeler in the shootout to get the win. SHARKS 2, WILD 1 SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Joe Pavelski scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Alex Stalock made 18 saves against his hometown team to lead the San Jose to its seventh win in eight games, beating Minnesota. Brent Burns also scored and Joe Thornton had two assists for the Sharks, who have won five straight at home after a slow start at the Shark Tank. source: http://www.newstribune.com/news/2014/dec/11/thursdays-nhl-capsules/

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Well see how he is tomorrow, but it looks like hes going to be all right. Seidenberg said he was aiming for the shoulder and had no intent to injure Toews, who was the MVP of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs. A two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time NHL champion, Toews has 11 goals and 12 assists in 28 games so far this season. It was unfortunate how he went into the boards, said Seidenberg, who waited in the hallway outside the Blackhawks dressing room after the game to shake hands with alternate captain Patrick Sharp. I try to be clean, Seidenberg told reporters. I would never want to hurt anyone. Ben Smith assisted on the Blackhawks first goal and scored their second as they opened a 3-0 lead before Boston rallied. Scott Darling made 32 saves for the Blackhawks, who have won 11 of their last 12 games and lost just twice in the past month. Tuukka Rask stopped 18 shots for Boston. The Bruins have lost four of their last five games and six of eight. The Bruins were boosted by the return of captain Zdeno Chara, who missed seven weeks with a torn ligament in his left knee. But they couldnt take advantage of the 6-foot-9 defensemans presence. Klas Dahlbeck and Patrick Kane also scored for Chicago, and Marcus Kruger had a pair of assists. Chicago then had a lengthy power play, including almost two minutes of a 5-on-3, thanks to three penalties in a row against Boston. source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/11/blackhawks-lose-toews-beat-bruins-3-2/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

 

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