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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

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

Chicago recorded a season-high 54 shots but was blanked by Semyon Varlamov in suffering its first shutout since Nov. 2. Corey Crawford allowed both goals in the opening 1:17. The Blackhawks have given up the first goal in five straight games. “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. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-wild-preview-235401714–nhl.html

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“We can point the finger at ourselves for allowing those deficits in the first place,” Sharp said. “A couple mistakes by us.” Following a 3-2 defeat in Washington to the Capitals in the Winter Classic on Thursday, the Blackhawks appeared on their way to losing a second straight game for only the third time this season. 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. 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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