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Chicago Blackhawks get fast start, cruise past struggling Minnesota Wild 4-1 | Star Tribune

The Blackhawks then caught a break when Kane’s shot went off Prosser’s left skate and right to Richards, who beat Backstrom from the left side for his ninth goal. Wild forward Jason Zucker made a great move to draw a penalty shot with 3:43 left in the second, but he sent a backhand wide of the net and a trailing Oduya made it 4-0 at 18:25 when he jumped on a loose puck for his second goal. The Blackhawks improved to 3-0 against the Wild this season with their second win over Minnesota in four days. Kane had a goal and two assists and Crawford made 42 saves in Chicago’s 4-2 road win on Thursday night. Just like in their most recent matchup, the Blackhawks put together a strong start. Playing on the eve of his 36th birthday, Hossa tapped in his ninth goal at 4:17 of the first. Brandon Saad made a nice cross-ice pass to an open Toews, who then played it across the goalmouth to Hossa for the easy score. It was goal No. 473 for Hossa, moving him into a tie with former Blackhawks great Denis Savard and Alexander Mogilny for 50th on the NHL’s career list. Kane then made a nifty dash through the Minnesota zone to set up Bickell for a 2-0 lead at 7:53. source: http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/blackhawks-cruise-past-wild-28159226

“That’s how I look at it.” The weary Wild dropped their fifth consecutive game, including a 3-1 home loss to Nashville on Saturday night. Matt Cooke scored his third goal in the third period, and Niklas Backstrom had 31 saves in his third consecutive start. “It just seems like everything that could go wrong is going wrong,” defenseman Ryan Suter said. The Wild dropped to 18-18-5 and are 12th in the loaded 14-team Western Conference, but coach Mike Yeo is certain they can turn it around. “I’m confident in what we’re capable of, but we have to better,” he said. “So I’m not going to just sit around and hope that things are going to be better. We have to find a way to be better. We have to find a way to bring more to the rink every day.” Trailing 2-0 in the second, Minnesota had a chance to get back in the game, but defenseman Nate Prosser’s shot went off the outside of the left post at 8:04. The Blackhawks then caught a break when Kane’s shot went off Prosser’s left skate and right to Richards, who beat Backstrom from the left side for his ninth goal. Wild forward Jason Zucker made a great move to draw a penalty shot with 3:43 left in the second, but he sent a backhand wide of the net and a trailing Oduya made it 4-0 at 18:25 when he jumped on a loose puck for his second goal. The Blackhawks (28-13-2) improved to 3-0 against the Wild this season with their second win over Minnesota in four days. source: http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/288214621.html

NHL 2015 All-Stars announced; who was snubbed? | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

It was Bickell’s fifth goal in his last seven games and No. 9 on the season. ”As of late, it’s good. I need to stick with it,” he said. ”I need to repeat in my head what I’m doing to be successful and hopefully I can stick with it.” NOTES: The Blackhawks improved to 15-0 when leading after two periods. … Wild D Marco Scandella missed his third consecutive game with an upper-body injury. Minnesota also scratched C Jordan Schroeder and D Justin Falk . … Blackhawks C Joakim Nordstrom was a healthy scratch after playing in the previous four games. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/gametracker/recap/NHL_20150111_MIN@CHI

NHL Recap – Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks – Jan 11, 2015 – CBSSports.com

Here they are; keep in mind every team needed a representative, the NHL values stardom over achievement, and someone had to make it from the Hurricanes. Forwards Tanner Pearson, Los Angeles Kings Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators Jonathan Drouin , Tampa Bay Lightning *** The 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft will be held on Friday, Jan. 23, to divide the All-Stars and Rookies into two teams (8:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports). Captains for each squad will be announced next week. The highest-scoring player not to make the cut is Nikita Kucherov of the Lightning, but his linemate Johnson is an all-star. James van Riemsdyk (40 points) stays home, as Kessel makes the game. Jiri Hudler should have made the game based on achievement, but hey, gotta throw the Oilers that bone. A case could be made for either Nicklas Backstrom or John Carlson from the Capitals; but again, Ottawa and Carolina need their all-stars, too. Wonder if it came down to Howard or Jaroslav Halak at the goalie spot? As for Patrik Elias er uh hmmmm *coughs* maybe Jagr saw those new all-star sweaters and was like “uh no…”? (Actually, Jagr put it out there he wasn’t crazy about being an all-star this season. Did the NHL extend the same courtesy to other older players?) Sorta crazy to think about an NHL All-Star Game that wont feature a forward from the San Jose Sharks, either Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg, either Daniel or Henrik Sedin or P.K. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-2015-all-stars-announced–who-was-snubbed-233642200.html

Chicago Bounces Back on Slumping Minnesota | Valley News

Defenseman Johnny Oduya also scored and Corey Crawford had 36 saves as Chicago rebounded from an ugly 5-2 loss at Edmonton on Friday night. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane added two assists apiece in the opener of a four-game homestand. The weary Wild dropped their fifth consecutive game, including a 3-1 home loss to Nashville on Saturday night. Matt Cooke scored his third goal in the third period, and Niklas Backstrom had 31 saves in his third consecutive start. The Blackhawks improved to 3-0 against the Wild this season with their second win over Minnesota in four days. Panthers 4, Oilers 2 Edmonton, Alberta Brian Campbell scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and the Florida Panthers got two more scores in the third period to win their third straight with a victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Tomas Kopecky, Jimmy Hayes and Sean Bergenheim also scored for the Panthers, who are 4-1 through the first five games of a six-game road trip. Jussi Jokinen added a pair of assists, and Roberto Luongo made 31 saves. Jordan Eberle and Benoit Pouliot scored for the Oilers, who have won just four times in their last 28 games. Ducks Retire Selannes Jersey Anaheim, Calif. The Anaheim Ducks retired Teemu Selannes No. source: http://www.vnews.com/sports/15192047-95/chicago-bounces-back-on-slumping-minnesota

NHL Three Stars: Rakell’s four points boost Ducks; Luongo leads Panthers | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

1 Star: Rickard Rakell , Anaheim Ducks Rakell had 12 career NHL points heading into Sundays game against the Winnipeg Jets . He increased that number by four with two goals and two assists, and added one in the shootout as the Ducks won after a shootout 5-4 on Teemu Selanne Night. No. 2 Star: Marian Hossa , Chicago Blackhawks The Blackhawks forward, who turns 36 on Monday, scored the games opening goal and later assisted on Johnny Oduyas tally near the end of the second period as Chicago rolled the Minnesota Wild 4-1. The goal was the 473rd of Hossas career, tying him with Denis Savard and Alexander Mogilny for 50th on the all-time list: No. 3 Star: Roberto Luongo , Florida Panthers Luongo made 31 saves as the Panthers won their third in a row by doubling up the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. The win was the 390th of his career, moving him past Dominik Hasek for 11th place on all-time NHL list. Luongo has now won eight of his last 10 starts for the Cats. Honorable Mention: Jimmy Hayes continued his career season by scoring his 13th goal of the year … Boyd Gordon was 13-for-14 in the face-off dot for the Oilers Corey Crawford made 36 saves for his fifth win in seven starts Patrick Kane , Jonathan Toews, Bryan Bickell and Brad Richards each had two points for the Blackhawks Chicago is a perfect 15-0-0 when leading after two periods Dustin Byfuglien was hitting everything, like Francois Beauchemin: source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-three-stars–rakell-s-four-points-boost-ducks–luongo-leads-panthers-055907235.html

 

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