Nhl Winter Classic: Washington Capitals Beat Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 – San Jose Mercury News

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Blackhawks vs. Capitals: Vital Viewing Information for Winter Classic 2015 | Bleacher Report

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. “It was tough to pick up pucks.” source: http://www.mercurynews.com/sports/ci_27242382/nhl-winter-classic-washington-capitals-beat-chicago-blackhawks?source=rss

With Chicago in control of the Central Division in the Western Conference and the Capitals fighting to stay toward the top of the Metropolitan Division on the Eastern Conference side, Thursdays battle will be intense. Here is all the vital viewing information for the 2015 Winter Classic and the biggest potential difference-maker to watch. Where: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. When: Thursday, January 1 Start Time: 1 p.m. ET Watch: NBC Biggest Potential Difference-Maker: Alexander Ovechkin Patrick McDermott/Getty Images There will be a plethora of stars on both teams who should shine on the national stage, but the biggest potential difference-maker on Thursday will be Washington Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin. In 36 games this season, Ovechkin has scored 17 goals and 13 assists for 30 points and just 30 penalty minutes. Add in 11 power-play points, and Ovechkin has been a force in the offensive zone for Washington. One area of growth that will make a major difference Thursday will be his responsibility in the defensive zone. With the arrival of head coach Barry Trotz, Ovechkin went from minus-35 in his plus/minus rating last season to plus-seven thus far in 2014. While Ovechkin has continued to improve defensively on the ice, some of his biggest changes have come away from the rink, as he told Erik Brady of USA Today : Of course, you feel 30 years old. You’re not young anymore. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2316136-blackhawks-vs-capitals-vital-viewing-information-for-winter-classic-2015

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

”I’m just glad I can still play.” His consistency at both ends of the ice helps make the Blackhawks perennial Stanley Cup contenders. The 35-year-old Hossa passed the 1,100-game mark this season. On a team led by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane , Hossa is one of the NHL’s best defensive forwards. ”He just flies on the backcheck. There’s a lot of guys that skate a lot faster going forward than they do coming back to their own end, and he’s not that way,” Kane said. ”He’s so good at stripping the puck. He’s also good in these one-on-one battles where more often than not you’re going to see him coming away with the puck. ”He doesn’t seem to get any older, either. 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. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-hossa-may-hall-fame-resume-161531731–nhl.html

 

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