Blackhawks-wild Preview – Yahoo Sports

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“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. I think it was maybe needed. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-wild-preview-235401714–nhl.html

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

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. Nearly 27 percent were cast by fans outside of North America a 7,000 percent increase from three years ago. source: http://www.herkimertelegram.com/article/20150105/SPORTS/150109839/2000/NEWS

NHL notebook: Hand injury sidelines Blackhawks’ Versteeg | TribLIVE

But Chicago’s Brad Richards fooled Lehtonen with an improbable sharp-angle shot with 3:57 left in the third period to tie it at 4 and set up overtime. Richards whipped the puck from the goal line at the left boards and it slipped between Lehtonen’s elbow and the goalpost. “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. source: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/nhl_coverage/2015/01/blackhawks_win_5_4_in_ot_end_stars_4_game_streak

NHL: Girgensons, five Blackhawks are first all-stars – Sports – The Telegram – Herkimer, NY

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