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

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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. 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. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2316136-blackhawks-vs-capitals-vital-viewing-information-for-winter-classic-2015

Blackhawks recall Teravainen from IceHogs – WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

The sun’s glare on the white ice of the main rink made it difficult to see the puck, and Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner made good on his plan to play the game wearing sunglasses. The teams switched sides at the 10-minute mark of the first period to even things out as the shadows from the stands began to cover the rink. It seemed totally unfair when Patrick Sharp launched a sun-to-shade slap shot that beat goalie Braden Holtby on a power play for Chicago’s first goal. 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. source: http://abc7chicago.com/sports/blackhawks-fall-to-capitals-3-2-in-winter-classic/458350/

NHL Winter Classic earns lowest rating in game’s history | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

Louis, 3.9; 5-Pittsburgh, 3.5 NBC Sports PR (@NBCSportsPR) January 2, 2015 The Blackhawks’ last trip to the Winter Classic in 2009? Preliminary local ratings were 11.8 in Chicago and 10.5 in Detroit, according to Nielsen data. Buffalo, incidentally, was also the second-best market last season with the Leafs playing at the Big House. Pittsburgh (7.0) was third, St. Louis (4.4) was fourth. D.C. was 10th with a 3.6 rating. The D.C. market didnt pop the number the NHL needs from another dance partner in this game. Without a city like Detroit or Boston (next years host, likely) in the game to deliver a ridiculous local figure on its own, the NHL needs both teams to contribute to the audience and the D.C. market couldnt get there. (Wonder if some of those 40,000-plus Capitals fans at the game are Nielsen families.) But as we said the last time the ratings dipped : Venue and aesthetics matter. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-winter-classic-earns-lowest-rating-in-game-s-history-160140036.html

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

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

28 vs. the Chicago Wolves and now has 10 points (3G, 7A) in his last 13 contests. Chicago’s first-round pick (18th overall) in the 2012 National Hockey League Draft tallied four shots on goal in three regular-season tilts with the Blackhawks last year; he made his NHL debut on March 25, 2014, vs. the Dallas Stars. Next Home Game: Friday, January 9 vs. Milwaukee Admirals. Game begins at 7 p.m. Rockford begins their 2015 home slate with a Midwest Division rivalry game against the Milwaukee Admirals at the BMO. The first 2,500 fans through the gates will take home an IceHogs fleece blanket thanks to OSF. Those 21-and-over can arrive early for another Blues Flame Lounge Pre-Game Party, and enjoy live music, drink specials and free appetizers. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. source: http://www.wrex.com/story/27750318/2015/01/02/blackhawks-recall-teravainen-from-icehogs

 

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