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“We were just trying to shoot the puck and go to the net,” Okposo said. “When we do that, we’re a pretty good team.” After Kane put the Blackhawks ahead 3:46 into the third with an end-to-end rush with a backhanded finish, Okposo tied it off a rebound of Tavares’ shot with 9:50 left. Visnovsky then skated across the Chicago zone and beat Darling to put New York in front at 11:01. “We had some breakdowns and I couldn’t come through,” said Darling, 5-2 in seven career NHL games. “They ended up being the difference in the game.” Jaroslav Halak got back on his game and made 23 saves. He had lost two straight after winning a club-record 11. New York allowed 17 goals during its three-game skid. Darling, subbing again for injured Corey Crawford , had won four straight all on the road and three times in six days. He stopped 38 shots. Just when it seemed both teams might be shut down, the Blackhawks went in front on their second shot of the second but found themselves back in a tie seconds later. Carcillo started it with a shot from the slot that Halak blocked, but the puck popped into the air and landed behind the goalie with 5:35 left. It was Carcillo’s fourth goal. source:

New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) blocks a shot on goal by Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) as Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) defends in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Uniondale, N.Y. Photo: Kathy Kmonicek, AP / FR170189 AP

“We allowed too many chances. We will come back strong (Sunday). Our goalie was great and gave us every chance.” The Blackhawks had the better of the play in the scoreless first, but despite spending countless shifts in the New York end, the Blackhawks couldn’t take advantage. Even their shot count was kept down, and they took a 10-8 edge into the dressing room. Both teams had one fruitless power play in the frame and one stymied breakaway. Brandon Saad was denied by Halak with 8:15 left after he took the puck away from former teammate Nick Leddy , and Okposo was turned aside by Darling with 5:53 remaining. New York turned the tide in the second period and had a 17-7 shots advantage. “Scotty kept us in,” Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. “We didn’t make them do things they didn’t want to do. “That’s a good team. They definitely outworked us.” NOTES: Crawford (lower body) missed his fifth game. … source:

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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. source:

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RANGERS 5, CANUCKS 1 VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – Mats Zuccarello had two goals and Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves to lead the Rangers to the win. Ryan McDonagh , J.T. Miller and Marc Staal also scored for New York, which had lost two of three. Rick Nash and Derick Brassard each had two assists. Nick Bonino had the only goal for Vancouver, and Ryan Miller made 18 stops. The Canucks dropped their fourth consecutive game. It was their first home date since Nov. 25 after going 3-3-1 on a season-long seven-game road trip. BLUES 3, AVALANCHE 2, OT DENVER (AP) – T.J. Oshie scored from the slot at 1:03 of overtime, lifting St. Louis to the road win. source:

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Look again: Via Pete Blackburn Do you see any malice? Do you just see a hockey hit gone bad? Weve seen dozens of suspensions for boarding. Many involve an element of charging this doesnt. Nearly all involve the he should have never delivered the hit if he saw his numbers mantra that players are taught from the time theyre first able to grip a stick. 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. source:

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Halak, who has been dealing with an upper-body injury, also was shaken up during Thursday’s 6-3 loss to the Blues and his status is uncertain. The Islanders (19-10-0) allowed an average of 1.9 goals while winning 13 of 15, but have yielded 17 in following that stretch with three consecutive defeats. “It’s back to work Saturday as we try to work ourselves out of what we are in,” forward Brock Nelson told the Islanders’ official website. Defenseman Nick Leddy makes his first appearance against the Blackhawks, who traded him to New York prior to the season to clear salary cap space. A solid presence the past three seasons for Chicago, Leddy has been a strong two-way asset with 14 points for the Islanders but posted a minus-3 rating in the last two games. The Islanders, whose seven-game home winning streak ended with a 6-4 defeat to St. Louis last Saturday, have not dropped consecutive games at Nassau Coliseum this season. Chicago’s four-game winning streak against New York ended with a 3-2 overtime road loss Jan. 2. Kyle Okposo scored the winner and also had an assist to give him three of each in six games against the Blackhawks. He recorded a goal and his sixth assist in seven games Thursday. source:–nhl.html


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