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“It’s frustrating,” forward Patrick Sharp told the team’s official website. “I think we can do a better job of getting to the net. I think the most frustrating part is the way we started the game again. Being down 2-0 quick like that changes the whole way the game is going to be played from there on out. We did generate a lot of shots on net. The second and third opportunities are where we needed to capitalize.” Chicago now heads out on the road, where it’s dropped three of four. “You worry about your next game and next shift as a player,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “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. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-wild-preview-235401714–nhl.html

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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 Versteeg will be out for aabout a month,a and the team doesn’t think the injury will require surgery. a Defenseman David Schlemko was claimed off waivers by the Stars, NHL.com reported. 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 . source: http://triblive.com/sports/nhl/7492858-74/games-versteeg-injury

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5, 2015 @ 1:33 am Social News NEW YORK (AP) The first batch of NHL All-Stars has a distinct Windy City feel as five members of the Chicago Blackhawks are among the initial six selections for the midseason showcase. Blackhawks forwards Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, and goalie Corey Crawford earned spots Saturday based on fan voting. 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 NHL’s first in three years, will be held on Jan. 25 in Columbus, Ohio. The remaining roster of players will be announced on 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. source: http://www.herkimertelegram.com/article/20150105/SPORTS/150109839/2000/NEWS

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“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. “We’re playing pretty solid right now,” said Dallas’ Alex Goligoski, who had two assists. “Just have to find better ways to lock those down.” Lehtonen made 33 saves, while Chicago’s Corey Crawford blocked 30 shots. Blackhawks top prospect, forward Teuvo Teravainen, played his first game of the season. source: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/nhl_coverage/2015/01/blackhawks_win_5_4_in_ot_end_stars_4_game_streak

 

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