Blackhawks Vs. Capitals: Vital Viewing Information For Winter Classic 2015 | Bleacher Report

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When I just came to the league, I didn’t realize Sergei Fedorov and Viktor Kozlov, they said, ‘Just remember, when you hit 30 you are going to feel all your old bruises; you need to get more sleep, go to bed early.’ And I’m like, ‘No way that is happening.’ And right now, you start to realize you can’t do those things you could do when you were 21 or 22. You can’t do what you did previous years if you want to get success. If you want to stay in the same position where you are, you have to change your style of life. Just because Ovechkin is taking the game more serious doesnt mean he still hasnt found time to enjoy himself, as Hemal Jhaveri of the USA Today showcased on Twitter: You know who’s having a great time at the #WinterClassic ? Alex Ovechkin. http://t.co/pNEv8TA1pc pic.twitter.com/Eyb3gDKUm7 Hemal Jhaveri (@hemjhaveri) December 31, 2014 Most fans are expecting the Blackhawks to dominate Washington due to the elite defensive numbers Chicago has put up this season. Not only is the teams defensive unit ranked No. 1 in the NHL, allowing only 2.1 goals against per game, but the Blackhawks are also first on the penalty kill with a 90.5 percent kill rate. The biggest difference in Thursdays meetingbesides being played outdoorsis the unfamiliarity between the two teams. Washington doesnt play Chicago frequently, and the defenders for the Blackhawks dont see a player with the skill set of Ovechkin often. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2316136-blackhawks-vs-capitals-vital-viewing-information-for-winter-classic-2015

NHL Winter Classic: Washington Capitals beat Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 – San Jose Mercury News

He seems to get better and better each year.” This is Hossa’s 16th full NHL season and he remains a key cog for the Blackhawks, who have won the Cup twice in the past five years and visit the Washington Capitals on Thursday in the Winter Classic. Hossa is averaging 0.64 points a game, the lowest since his rookie year with the Ottawa Senators , but his two-way game is responsible for preventing more than a few goals against. Teammates past and present marvel at what Hossa can do in the defensive zone and without the puck. ”He’s got that powerful stride that gets him back in the play easily,” said former Blackhawks forward Jeremy Morin, who’s now with the Columbus Blue Jackets . ”And he can take the puck off your stick with ease. He’s so strong on the stick and it’s always in the right position. He can steal pucks with the best in the league, for sure.” That, Blackhawks winger Brandon Saad said, is how Hossa turns defense into offense. In 1,127 games, Hossa has 472 goals and 547 assists. Hossa is 76th on the all-time points list, ahead of Hockey Hall of Famers Pat LaFontaine, Lanny McDonald and Maurice Richard. He’s 52nd in goals, ahead of LaFontaine, Doug Gilmour and Pavel Bure, and third among active players. His career numbers are similar to former Senators teammate Daniel Alfredsson, who retired earlier this month after putting up 426 goals and 682 assists in 1,178 games. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-hossa-may-hall-fame-resume-161531731–nhl.html

Blackhawks’ Hossa may have Hall of Fame resume – Yahoo Sports

Alex Ovechkin, the player most responsible for making the nation’s capital worthy of hosting the NHL’s annual outdoor game, scored a goal, and he was also among the first to mob teammate Troy Brouwer when Brouwer’s power-play goal decided the game with 12.9 seconds to play Thursday. The NHL showcase was every bit the thrill for the Washington Capitals, who beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 before 42,832 at Nationals Park. “We started talking about Winter Classic since we started the season, and this is it,” Ovechkin said. “I remember Brouwie said it’s a good time to show up and make a show. And he did.” Brouwer scored against his former team to cap a chaotic sequence. Ovechkin had his stick broken on a slash by Brandon Saad. While Ovechkin was raising his hands to make sure the officials would call the penalty, Brouwer gathered the loose puck in the left circle. “Somebody had to try and keep it alive, so I just kind of turned around, threw it to the net,” Brouwer said. “I’m not even sure where it went in, but I heard the noise of the crowd, heard the noise of the guys on the ice.” What a noise it was, a playoff-level celebration by players on the ice and fans in the stands, many of whom flung their commemorative Winter Classic seat cushions high into the air. “First period was definitely a challenge,” Capitals goalie Braden Holtby said. source: http://www.mercurynews.com/sports/ci_27242382/nhl-winter-classic-washington-capitals-beat-chicago-blackhawks?source=rss

Blackhawks fall to Capitals 3-2 in Winter Classic | abc7chicago.com

View photo Members of the Chicago Blackhawks skate on the ice during practice for the 2015 NHL Winter Classic against the Washington Capitals at Nationals Park on December 31, 2014 in Washington, DC (AFP Photo/Rob Carr) Washington (AFP) – As the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals play in Thursday’s NHL outdoor Winter Classic, both will pay tribute to Clint Reif, the Blackhawks assistant equipment manager who died last week. Reif, who was 34, will be remembered with “CR” decals on the helmets of players on both teams in the annual New Year’s Day stadium showcase event, played this year at the ballpark of Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals . “To have their guys wearing the CR shows what a great guy he was and how his memory will live on,” Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane said. “It shows a lot of respect. It’s a great thing. He was a great man. He was a great friend of ours.” The Blackhawks have a locker at the stadium for Reif, his name above a lone Blackhawks jersey hanging in his memory. The Capitals joined in the tribute after coach Barry Trotz called Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville to ask for their blessing before such a move. “This hockey community, it’s a lot smaller than people think,” Trotz said. “Trainers are very close. They are very tight, just as the players are, across the league. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/outdoor-foes-pay-tribute-chicago-manager-232035629–nhl.html

NHL Three Stars: Brouwer, Stoll provide late-game heroics in wins | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

The NHL considered delaying the start, concerned that the sunny skies would compromise ice conditions and player safety, but the go-ahead was given after the pregame skate. There was more incentive than usual this year to start on time: A lengthy postponement would have put the Classic head-to-head with the first semifinal of the new College Football Playoff. Eric Fehr, whose goals can be few and far between when he is covered by a roof, became the unlikely career leader in outdoor NHL hockey with the game’s opening goal. Fehr turned into an instant Capitals legend when he scored twice in the rain during the 2011 Winter Classic win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Heinz Field, and his breakaway in the first period on Thursday added to the disproportionate Jan. 1 output for someone who averages about eight goals per season. Alex Ovechkin, the player most responsible for the sport’s rising popularity in D.C. over the last decade, made it 2-0 with his first outdoor goal, knocking in a rebound and prompting chants of “O-vee!” from seats that usually echo with cheers for Nationals stars Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper. Fehr wasn’t all perfect. In the second period, he lost track of Brandon Saad, who made a beeline toward the net and took a feed from Jonathan Toews to tie the score at 2. The deciding goal resulted from a sequence that had all the makings of a makeup call. After Washington’s Matt Niskanen was sent off for a marginal boarding penalty with 3:11 to play, Toews was cited for an even more dicey hooking infraction with 1:13 remaining. The Capitals capitalized in a wild sequence in which Saad slashed Alzner’s stick in the left circle. source: http://abc7chicago.com/sports/blackhawks-fall-to-capitals-3-2-in-winter-classic/458350/

Outdoor foes pay tribute to late Chicago manager – Yahoo Sports

3 Star: Jarret Stoll , Los Angeles Kings In non-outdoor game news: Stoll capped off the comeback by the Kings scoring the 3-2 game winner less than a minute after LA tied it up, and with 1:14 left on the game clock. Honorable Mention: Los Angeles trailed 2-1 until the 2:07 mark of the third period when Justin Williams tied the game (stop me if you’ve heard that before) … … The game could have been much worse. Ryan Miller faced 40 shots from the Kings and only allowed 3 goals … Radim Vrbata skated away with 2-points for the Canucks … Patrick Sharp scored a power play goal for Chicago and was credited with a game-high 10 shots … Mike Green added 2 assists for a total of 16 on the season. Did You Know? Washington’s Eric Fehr is the goal scoring record holder for outdoor games with 3. He scored 2 goals in 2011 and 1 goal today. Dishonorable Mention: Chicago was less than thrilled with the officiating in the Winter Classic … source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-three-stars–brouwer–stoll-provide-late-game-heroics-in-wins-062211659.html

 

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