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NHL schedule 2014: Blackhawks host Maple Leafs – SBNation.com

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The Blackhawks played with a ”CR” decal on their helmets after assistant equipment manager Clint Reif died earlier in the day. The team said it was ”deeply saddened” by the loss and declined further comment while asking for respect for the privacy for Reif’s family and friends. Raanta made 31 saves for his second shutout of the season, helping Chicago rebound from a 3-2 shootout loss Saturday night in Columbus. James Reimer made 30 saves in Toronto’s third straight loss following a six-game winning streak. AVALANCHE 2, RED WINGS 1, SO DETROIT (AP) – Jarome Iginla scored in the ninth shootout round to lift the Avalanche to the victory. Iginla got a wrist shot past Petr Mrazek, who had turned away six straight Avalanche shooters. Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene also scored in the tiebreaker as Colorado ended a three-game road trip with five points. Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar had shootout goals for Detroit, which fell to 1-7 this season in the tiebreaker. Detroit had a 22-12 shots advantage five minutes into the third period and finally cashed in when Pavel Datsyuk wristed a power-play shot past Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard for his 13th goal. The Avalanche tied it with 4:15 left in regulation when Erik Johnson scored on the power play for his eighth of the season. source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/nhl-capsules-122114

Blackhawks assistant equipment manager dies Sunday morning | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

The Central Division-leading Blackhawks (22-9-2) lost 3-2 in a shootout on the road to the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday night, just the second setback for Chicago in the last four weeks. The Blackhawks are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, and have won seven straight games at the United Center, with the last home loss coming Nov. 7. Patrick Kane had an assist Saturday night, and leads Chicago in both goals (16) and assists (18) on the season, and takes a five-game point streak into Sunday afternoon. The Leafs (19-11-3) had a six-game win streak of their own, but have dropped their last two contests, including getting lit up 7-4 by the Philadelphia Flyers at home Saturday night. Toronto, sitting in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, is 5-3-3 on the road this season. In other action, the New York Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in a shootout Saturday in Raleigh, giving New York five straight wins. The two teams meet again Sunday night at Madison Square Garden. Here is the full Sunday schedule: Matchup Forgot password? We’ll email you a reset link. If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead. Forgot username? source: http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/12/21/7429687/2014-nhl-schedule-blackhawks-maple-leafs

Sabres Girgensons, 5 Blackhawks lead All-Star vote – Yahoo Sports

15, 2014, file photo, Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons (28), of Latvia, s BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — It’s Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons and the Chicago Blackhawks leading the NHL All-Star Game fan vote with a little over a week left. The Latvian-born Girgensons still leads all players with nearly 1.3 million votes, the NHL announced Tuesday. The other five eligible spots to be selected are held by Blackhawks. Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are second and third among forwards. Chicago’s Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook lead defensemen, and Corey Crawford leads goalies. Girgensons is the surprise leader thanks to Latvian-based voters, who account for about 80 percent of the second-year player’s total. The only limit on voting is fans can use the same device no more than 10 times a day. Voting closes on Jan. 1, and the game played at Columbus on Jan. 25. Sports & Recreation source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/sabres-girgensons-5-blackhawks-lead-star-vote-201856897–nhl.html

”The fact we went out there and played the way we did, I think we dedicated that one to our good friend Clint. ”I’m glad we got the win tonight.” Reif, 34, was ”found to be unresponsive in his home” on Sunday morning, according to a statement from the DuPage County Coroners Office. Authorities are investigating the death, and the coroners’ office declined further comment. Raanta made 31 saves for his second shutout of the season, helping Chicago rebound from a 3-2 shootout loss Saturday night in Columbus. ”I commend the guys. Very emotional, draining day,” coach Joel Quenneville said. ”To come up and play such a solid game, from Antti right on out, they played the right way. ”I know we got better as the first period went on and had a real solid third period. It was a real challenging day.” David Rundblad , Kris Versteeg and Toews also scored, and Patrick Sharp had three assists as the Blackhawks won for the 14th time in their last 17 games. Chicago has just one regulation loss in its last 13 games. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/kane-leads-blackhawks-past-maple-leafs-4-0-025318727–nhl.html

Kane leads Blackhawks past Maple Leafs 4-0 – Yahoo Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs at Chicago Blackhawks - 12/21/2014

But we were definitely playing with heavy hearts out there. “We’re still in disbelief. The fact we went out there and played the way we did, we dedicated that one to our good friend Clint.” Below are tweets from former Blackhawks members on Reif: Just terrible to hear about the passing of Clint Reif. One of the best guys I’ve met through hockey. RIP my friend. #veryfaast Viktor Stalberg (@VStalberg) December 21, 2014 Thoughts and prayers with the Reif family. Such a wonderful person to b around. Brian Campbell (@bcampbell_51) December 21, 2014 Rest in peace Clint. Everyone keep the Reif family in your thoughts. brandon pirri (@pirri91) December 21, 2014 Players know and certainly appreciate the hard work and effort of equipment managers who sharpen their skates and fix their helmets. Managers tend to become close with the people they serve, and it sounds like Reif was no different with the Blackhawks. While this thought is clearly not in the front of people’s minds right now, but with Chicago playing in the Jan. 1 Winter Classic and the NHL and the Blackhawks filming an all access series with EPIX to promote the event, one does have to make sure this situation will be handled the right way on screen. Again, just terrible news. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/blackhawks-assistant-equipment-manager-passes-away-sunday-morning-225437738.html

Blackhawks send Morin to Blue Jackets for Erixon – Hometownstations.com-WLIO- Lima, OH News Weather Sports

Morin has no points in 15 NHL games this season. The winger was assigned to Rockford of the AHL for a conditioning assignment Tuesday because he wasn’t playing at all with the loaded Blackhawks. The 23-year-old Morin has eight goals and eight assists in 54 career regular-season games, all with Chicago. He also played in two postseason games in May. Erixon, 23, had one goal and five assists in 19 games with Columbus this season. He scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 26 at Los Angeles. The Blackhawks lost rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to a broken left kneecap last month. They reassigned defenseman Klas Dahlbeck to Rockford on Sunday. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. source: http://www.hometownstations.com/story/27625733/blackhawks-send-morin-to-blue-jackets-for-erixon

 

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