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The only non-Chicago All-Star in the group is Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons, who was the leading vote-getter in the six-week campaign with 1,574,896. The All-Star Game, the NHLs first in three years, will be held Jan. 25 in Columbus, Ohio. The remaining roster of players will be announced Jan. 10. Kane (1,232,201 votes) and Toews (1,217,210) finished second and third behind Girgensons. Keith (1,198,173) was next and first among defensemen and followed by Seabrook (1,016,992), who was sixth overall. Crawford (1,099,504) was one spot ahead of him to win the goalie vote. Fans cast more than 35 million votes, up 52 percent from 2012 the last time the NHL held an All-Star Game. Nearly 27 percent were cast by fans outside of North America a 7,000 percent increase from three years ago. There was no game in 2013 because of an NHL lockout and none last year because of the leagues participation in the Winter Olympics. source: http://nesn.com/2015/01/blackhawks-dominate-all-star-voting-five-chicago-players-chosen-by-fans/

Blackhawks win 5-4 in OT, end Stars’ 4-game streak | Boston Herald

1, 2015, in Washington. Photo: Alex Brandon, AP Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg (23) jumps to stay with… Font Page 1 of 1 CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg will be sidelined for a month with a left hand injury after he was hurt in the Winter Classic. Versteeg left Thursday’s 3-2 loss to Washington after he blocked Eric Fehr ‘s shot with his hand early in the third period. Versteeg ranks third on the team with 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists) in 34 games. Coach Joel Quenneville said Saturday that Versteeg will be out for “about a month,” and the team doesn’t think the injury will require surgery. The winger also missed the start of the season with a lower-body injury. The Blackhawks promoted top prospect Teuvo Teravainen from the minors Friday to help make up for Versteeg’s absence. Chicago’s next game is Sunday against Dallas. source: http://www.westport-news.com/sports/article/Blackhawks-forward-Kris-Versteeg-out-for-a-month-5992296.php

NHL notebook: Hand injury sidelines Blackhawks’ Versteeg | TribLIVE

“I was hoping for a rebound or something crazy to happen,” Richards said. “And that went in.” The Blackhawks, 14-3-1 in their last 18, ultimately got the bounces they needed, even if they weren’t firing on all cylinders. “We just didn’t quite have a great feeling,” Richards said. “Something was just a little off. We stayed with it. You always know you’re going to get a big play out of someone on this team.” Brandon Saad, Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell also scored for the Blackhawks. Erik Cole had two goals and an assist for the Stars. Jamie Benn and his brother, Jordie, also scored for Dallas. “I thought we deserved better, and 5-on-5 I thought we had the edge in the game,” Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said. “I thought the last 40 minutes, our pace was better than theirs. “Against their speed, I thought we did a good job.” Even with the loss, the Stars are 8-1-1 in their last 10. source: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/nhl_coverage/2015/01/blackhawks_win_5_4_in_ot_end_stars_4_game_streak

Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg out for a month – Westport News

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg (23) jumps to stay with the puck as Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) defends, in the first period of the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game at Nationals Park, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, in Washington. Photo: Alex Brandon, AP / AP

Schlemko, 27, had one goal and four points in 20 games with the Coyotes this season. He also had four points in two games with the Portland Pirates of the AHL. In parts of seven seasons with the Coyotes, Schlemko had nine goals and 50 points in 207 games. a Center Joe Thornton missed the Sharks’ game against the Blues because of an upper-body injury. It ends his streak of consecutive games at 319. a Wire reports Show commenting policy TribLive commenting policy You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service . We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information. While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. source: http://triblive.com/sports/nhl/7492858-74/games-versteeg-injury

NHL Recap – Colorado Avalanche at Chicago Blackhawks – Jan 06, 2015 – CBSSports.com

”It’s been a couple of games we’ve done that and we need to fix it quickly.” After defenseman Johnny Oduya fell down, John Mitchell sent MacKinnon in alone and he opened the scoring on a rising shot. ”The first shot goes in a lot lately,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. ”We’ve got to make sure than can’t happen.” Colorado made it 2-0 just 24 seconds later as MacKinnon got past Niklas Hjalmarsson and broke in alone on Crawford again. He skated to edge of the crease and slipped a short pass to Talbot, who buried a shot from only a few feet out. The Blackhawks picked up their pace midway through the period and outshot the Avalanche 17-11 for the period. Chicago dictated the play for most of the scoreless second, outshooting Colorado 20-5, but the Blackhawks had limited close-in, screened and rebound attempts. Chicago’s best chance came 5:40 into the period during a power play when Varlamov stopped Bryan Bickell on a rebound of Brad Richards ‘ shot from the blue line. Chicago’s Brandon Saad hit the post with a shot 10 seconds into the third. The Blackhawks had the puck for most of the period, but Varlamov continued to stop initial shots and Avalanche cleared loose pucks. ”The third period, we put everything at the net, including bodies, which we didn’t do a good job of the first 40 minutes,” Quenneville said. ”But he made a couple of big saves in the third period with traffic.” Saad poked a rebound under Varlamov with 2:17 left in the third, but the goal was disallowed because the whistle had blown. NOTES: Blackhawks F Kris Versteeg missed his second game with a left hand injury that’s expected to keep him out a month. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/gametracker/recap/NHL_20150106_COL@CHI/varlamov-stops-54-shots-as-avalanche-blank-blackhawks-2-0

“That’s your objective to bring the focus, bring the motivation of doing the right things and that’s what it’s all about.” The Blackhawks haven’t visited the Twin Cities since eliminating the Wild with a 2-1 overtime victory in Game 6 of last year’s Western Conference semifinals. Chicago took this season’s first meeting 5-3 on Dec. 16 as Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Brent Seabrook each recorded a goal and two assists. The Blackhawks have taken three straight and 13 of 19 matchups, including playoffs. Kane has four goals and four assists during a five-game point streak in the series, giving him 21 points in his last 21 regular-season meetings. Minnesota (18-15-5) has managed 26 goals during a 2-4-4 slump. The Wild suffered a 7-1 loss at Dallas on Saturday before falling 4-3 in overtime to San Jose on Tuesday, their fourth OT defeat – all coming in the past nine contests – and fifth loss overall in six home games. “We can hang our heads, we can feel sorry for ourselves, we can point fingers,” coach Mike Yeo told the team’s official website. “But those types of things are not the types of things that winners do and those types of things do not help you get out of something like this.” Yeo expressed further displeasure after what he deemed a disappointing practice Wednesday. “He’s frustrated just as many guys in here,” forward Thomas Vanek said. “I think we’ll be OK. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-wild-preview-235401714–nhl.html

 

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