Blackhawks’ Hossa May Have Hall Of Fame Resume – Yahoo Sports

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

”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. 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 . source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-hossa-may-hall-fame-resume-161531731–nhl.html

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

You’re not young anymore. You have that kind of experience where you start thinking about what is going to be in the future. 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. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2316136-blackhawks-vs-capitals-vital-viewing-information-for-winter-classic-2015

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/

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

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

 

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