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

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He gathered pipe fitters, plumbers, young up-and-comers still learning the craft and right-hand men, of which he counted at least four. He insists upon creativity and quick thinking. For instance, when rain blanketed one rink, someone on his crew rejiggered a Zamboni to suck up water rather than spit it on to the ice. Its like building an all-star team, Dan said. Everybody has their role. That role also means accepting a certain degree of sacrifice, like spending Christmases in whichever city hosts the next Winter Classic. But is also comes with tradition, the kinds forged over long hours, often late at night, waiting for that nerve-wracking day when the ice is finally ready. When that time comes, Dan and Mike and their crew members always follow the same routine. Together, they lace up their skates and sit on the edge of the boards. They count to three and hop onto the ice, all at the same time. So no one can say theyre the first one, Mike said, because ice making is a family thing. source: http://feeds.washingtonpost.com/c/34656/f/636673/s/41d4c3ae/sc/8/l/0L0Swashingtonpost0N0Csports0Ccapitals0Cnhl0Ewinter0Eclassic0Esetting0Eup0Erinks0Eis0Ea0Efamily0Epursuit0C20A140C120C280C318aab0A60E8ed20E11e40Eba530Ea477d66580Aed0Istory0Bhtml0Dwprss0Frss0Icapitals/story01.htm

NHL-Highlights of Saturday’s NHL games – Yahoo News

– – – 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. – – – 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. source: http://news.yahoo.com/nhl-highlights-saturdays-nhl-games-051335075–nhl.html

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

The baseball season is long gone, but the 18-11-6 Capitals are in the midst of a playoff push and will be searching for every point possible when they take the ice. It may feel like much more than a regular-season game, but the points count just the sameand that should have both teams hungry enough to put on an exciting show. Let’s take a look at everything you need to know for the Blackhawks-Capitals showdown. Winter Classic 2015: Blackhawks vs. Nationals When:Thursday, January 1, 2015 Where:Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. Start Time (ET):1 p.m. TV:NBC Preview Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press The outdoor games are a rarity in the NHL for reasons bigger than the difficulty of booking (and selling out) the venue. What tends to matter more than all heading into these matchups is the weather. And although we’re a few days out and the weather is unpredictable, things look promising. AsWashington Post’s Jason Samenow reported: “Early indications suggest the weather will be just right.” The rain may not be falling and the temperature might be suitable, but the game cannot go on without the ground crew laying out the ice just right. 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

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. And while they only registered six shots in the first period, they scored twice in an entertaining 2-2 frame that saw Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane produce slick goals for the Blackhawks. Kane added an empty-net goal with 5.4 seconds left for the final score. MacKinnon and Erik Johnson had the Avalanche’s goals, forging leads of 1-0 and 2-1. MacKinnon’s skilled wrist shot snapped his 16-game goal drought, while Johnson remained hot with his sixth in the last six games. Johnson’s 10th goal tied him for first among NHL defensemen. Chicago took its first lead 13:14 into the second period on the power play, with Seabrook’s big blast beating rookie goalie Calvin Pickard inside the far post. source: http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_27216860/avalanche-loses-at-home-blackhawks-ending-six-game?source=rss


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