Nhl Winter Classic: Setting Up Rinks A Shared Passion For Father And Son – The Washington Post

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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

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‘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

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

“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. They get two power-play goals and an empty-netter. Even strength, we’re even with them, but we didn’t find the key ones we needed with the power play.” PHOTOS: Colorado Avlanche lose to Chicago Blackhawks, 5-2 Duchene added, “I think there was a lot of good things in our game tonight.” The Avs came out flying, similar to their start in Tuesday’s 5-0 rout of St. Louis. Their breakouts were quick and clean, and they utilized their speed entering the offensive zone. Equally as important, they sustained offensive possession. source: http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_27216860/avalanche-loses-at-home-blackhawks-ending-six-game?source=rss

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

New York’s longest winning streak since winning eight in a row 40 years ago spoiled the debut of New Jersey co-coaches Scott Stevens and Adam Oates. – – – Sabres 4, Islanders 3 (shootout) The Buffalo Sabres produced a brilliant comeback with three unanswered goals in the third period before Tyler Ennis scored the lone goal in the shootout for a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders. The Sabres looked likely to extend their four-game losing streak when they fell behind 3-0 in the second period, but rallied for three goals in barely five minutes. – – – Predators 4, Flyers 1 Peter Laviolette’s Nashville Predators scored a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, the team that fired him as coach last season. 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. source: http://news.yahoo.com/nhl-highlights-saturdays-nhl-games-051335075–nhl.html


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