Nhl-highlights Of Saturday’s Nhl Games – Yahoo News

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NHL Winter Classic: Setting up rinks a shared passion for father and son – The Washington Post

Filip Forsberg and Mike Fisher each bagged a power-play goal and an assist for Nashville (23-9-2), who have not lost consecutive games this season. – – – Stars 4, Blues 3 Power-play goals from defensemen Trevor Daley and Jason Demers in the second period carried Dallas to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues as the Stars posted their first win in 11 games against Central Division opponents this season. The loss extended the Blues’ winless streak to four games (0-3-1), their longest of the season. – – – Blue Jackets 6, Bruins 2 Scott Hartnell had two goals and the Columbus Blue Jackets scored four in the second period for a 6-2 win over the Boston Bruins. Columbus continued their recent hot streak, improving to 9-1-1 in December and ended a seven-game losing streak against Boston. – – – Red Wings 3, Senators 2 (overtime) The Detroit Red Wings twice came from behind before defeating the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in overtime. Winger Gustav Nyquist held the puck for almost half a minute before sliding a low shot home for the winner. – – – Coyotes 2, Ducks 1 (SO) Shane Doan scored in a shootout despite breaking his stick on the shot to give the Arizona Coyotes a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, the first team in NHL history to get to 50 points before the holiday break. – – – Jets 4, Wild 3 (OT) Andrew Ladd scored a strange goal in overtime to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild. source: http://news.yahoo.com/nhl-highlights-saturdays-nhl-games-051335075–nhl.html

–Zemgus Girgensons feels a little sheepish discussing how fans back home in Latvia have clicked and quadruple-clicked his name so often that the Sabres forward is running away with the NHL All-Star Game vote. The second-year player appreciates the overwhelming support he’s received from the Baltic nation. And yet the 20-year-old Girgensons doesn’t consider himself worthy of being included among the league’s elite. “It’s a little bit embarrassing and funny at the same time,” Girgensons said, before the Sabres hit the road for a two-game swing that concludes Tuesday at Detroit. “It came out of nowhere. I know people know me back home, but I didn’t think it was going to go that far. That’s like crazy far.” As of Tuesday, Girgensons has a league-leading 1,291,186 votes, with about 80 percent coming from Latvia. The only limit on voting is fans can use the same device no more than 10 times a day. Chicago’s Patrick Kane (815,990 votes) is second among forwards, followed by teammate Jonathan Toews (803,034). Blackhawks players hold down the three other remaining spots eligible to be selected by vote. source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/buffalo-sabres-chicago-blackhawks-all-star-vote-lead-zemgus-girgensons-jonathan-toews-patrick-kane-122314

Avalanche loses at home to Blackhawks, ending six-game points streak – The Denver Post

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon #29 shoots and scores a goal as Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya #27 tries to block in the first

Fortunately, NHL.com’s Adam Vingan reported things are all good. ‘Right now we’re in good shape,’ NHL senior director of facilities operation Dan Craig said. ‘We’re not quite at half an inch [of ice], very close to half an inch right now.Mother Nature has cooperated a little bit. She’s dumped a lot of snow on us, made us really cold, had a lot of rain. ‘The people that live in this area definitely know the region. I’m hoping we don’t have a day like today because it becomes a little bone-chilling with the rain, but on the ice-surface side, we’re going to be good.’ Now that the biggest variables are seemingly safe, we can focus on the matchup itself. PAUL BEATY/Associated Press Washington’s offense has stayed potent in the first season of Barry Trotz’s tenure, scoring 2.9 goals per game and ranking atop the league in power-play efficiency. But the Capitals go up against a Blackhawks team that has allowed a league-best 2.0 goals against per game. The Caps’ stats would suggest a special teams advantage, but that’s not the caseChicago has the league’s best penalty kill, with a 90.7 percent kill rate. Who will win? 23.8% Total votes: 105 Whether it comes via the special teams or elsewhere, an early goal would be well received for the Capitals in order to get on top early and set the tempo. More than likely, it will come down to Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin to do so. The two forwards man the first line for the Capitals and have combined for 25 goals, while Backstrom himself has assisted 25 times. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2311824-winter-classic-2015-tv-schedule-and-full-preview-for-blackhawks-vs-capitals

Winter Classic 2015: TV Schedule and Full Preview for Blackhawks vs. Capitals | Bleacher Report

Being in the rinks and working the games and being a former hockey player at that point, it was a great way to be back at the rink, be around hockey and be involved still. Following in the footsteps, though, it wasnt until a couple years ago that I wanted to try to make that step. The increasing popularity of outdoor games sometimes breaks them up, like last season when both worked the Winter Classic i n Ann Arbor, Mich., then split apart for the four Stadium Series games and one Heritage Classic. Dan took his crew to LosAngeles and Chicago. Mikes went to NewYork and Vancouver. Now that were back together, Mike said, filling whatever role he needs me to. Dan grew up in Jasper, a small town in Alberta, and froze his first rink at 15years old. He dabbled in youth hockey Did I play? Yes. Was I good? No. but always enjoyed watching others skate on the ice he made. Before long, he was building rinks both professionally and behind the family house, where his wife would often peek outside at 2a.m. and ask when he planned to sleep. Its nice out, Dan would reply. source: http://feeds.washingtonpost.com/c/34656/f/636673/s/41d4c3ae/sc/8/l/0L0Swashingtonpost0N0Csports0Ccapitals0Cnhl0Ewinter0Eclassic0Esetting0Eup0Erinks0Eis0Ea0Efamily0Epursuit0C20A140C120C280C318aab0A60E8ed20E11e40Eba530Ea477d66580Aed0Istory0Bhtml0Dwprss0Frss0Icapitals/story01.htm

Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons, Chicago Blackhawks leading All-Star vote | FOX Sports

Seabrook and Sharp scored with Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene off for delay-of-game and interference minors, respectively. MacKinnon inadvertently flipped the puck out of play in the defensive zone in a 2-2 game, and Duchene appeared to make incidental contact with a Chicago player in the neutral zone. “It would have been great to come back with the lead after one period. But it was a 2-2 game, a hard-fought game, and we took a penalty throwing the puck in the stands,” Avs coach Patrick Roy said. “From there, I’d say the power play was the difference in the game. They scored on that power play, and the next one in the third period. We had our chances (on the power play), but we just didn’t manage the puck well, get the rebounds and quality shots on net.” Trailing 4-2 midway through the third, the Avs failed to convert on a 40-second, 5-on-3 power play that turned into a 1:20, one-man advantage. “They were able to find more than we did. We didn’t play a bad hockey game. I think we played pretty hard. They’re a playoff, high-octane team. source: http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_27216860/avalanche-loses-at-home-blackhawks-ending-six-game?source=rss


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