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

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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. 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. 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

Teravainen, 20, ranks second on the IceHogs with 23 points (6G, 17A) and 92 shots on goal in 33 games this year. The Helsinki, Finland, native recorded his first career three-point outing (1G, 2A) on Dec. 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. source: http://www.wrex.com/story/27750318/2015/01/02/blackhawks-recall-teravainen-from-icehogs

NHL Winter Classic earns lowest rating in game’s history | 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/

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

”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. But Hossa may be one of the most underrated players in the NHL. ”Maybe I would have more numbers but maybe some other teams wouldn’t want me,” Hossa said. ”There’s an advantage and disadvantage with that. Obviously, I’m happy how the outcome played out.” Hossa has two Stanley Cup rings and appeared in the final two other times. A five-time all-star, the Slovak winger with four Olympic appearances has a case for the Hall of Fame, even if it’s not easy to quantify. 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

(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. Wrigley, Fenway and the Big House were draws on their own. Two cookie-cutter ballparks arent. Wrigley had wind. Buffalo and Ann Arbor had frozen temps and swirling snow. The Pittsburgh game was played at night. The Washington game was a downright balmy 43 degrees with blue skies. The draw of any outdoor game remains teams vs. elements and sun glare isnt exactly that compelling. Matchups matter, too, and this one featured a third-timer in the Blackhawks for outdoor games (including last season at Solider Field) against a team against whom they have absolutely no rivalry. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-winter-classic-earns-lowest-rating-in-game-s-history-160140036.html

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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