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The Pittsburgh Penguins may be stinging from a much different kind of drubbing. The Blackhawks look to build on one of their best performances of the season Wednesday night by sending the Penguins to a fourth straight defeat before entering the All-Star break. Chicago (29-15-2) has been inconsistent in going 4-5-0 since New Year’s Day, totaling 19 goals in those victories compared to nine in the defeats. The Blackhawks had little trouble finding the net Tuesday, scoring the first four goals of a 6-1 romp of Arizona. They scored five in losing the previous two games. “I felt like we played the right way from the outset,” said right wing Patrick Kane , who had one goal and two assists. “Power play started us off, and then we just kind of took off from there.” The Penguins (26-12-7) may feel the same way about the fisticuffs that filled Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime loss at Philadelphia. The teams combined for 93 penalty minutes with 66 coming in a second period that included four fights, stemming from a boarding major and game misconduct for Zac Rinaldo’s hit on Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang late in the opening period. Letang didn’t return after being hit from behind, and his status is unknown while Rinaldo is expected to face a suspension from the NHL. Despite filling the penalty box, Pittsburgh failed to convert on all six power plays as it lost a third straight game – one shy of its season high set from Dec. 22-29. “With that many opportunities and the skill we have, we should make them pay for that,” captain Sidney Crosby said. source:–nhl.html

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Chicago is 2-3-1 in its last six road games. * The Penguins lost 3-2 in overtime last night in Philadelphia. It was Pittsburghs third consecutive loss (0-2-1) and the second time it has lost 3+ games since December 22. Since December 22, Pittsburgh is 4-6-3, .423, the fifth-worst record in the NHL. * The Blackhawks (2009-10 and 2013-13) and the Penguins (2007-08 and 2008-09) have combined for four Stanley Cup Finals appearances in the last seven seasons. Over the past three years the Blackhawks and Penguins have met just twice, and both were last March with both teams winning on home ice: Chicago over Pittsburgh 5-1 at home on March 1, 2014 and Pittsburgh over Chicago 4-1 at home on March 30, 2014. * Andrew Shaw tallied his fifth-career, regular-season multi-goal game last night versus Arizona scoring twice. It was Shaws first multi-goal game since scoring two goals at home versus Columbus on March 6, 2014. Shaws eight shots on goal last night were a career high. * Patrick Kane had three points last night. It was Kanes fifth 3+ point game since December 16, most in the NHL (next most are Sidney Crosby, Pit and Anze Kopitar, LA both with 3). source:

“At that time of the game, it’s a big power play,” Ruff said. “It’s a big goal for your team and gives us a little bit of momentum and it makes them gamble a little bit more. I think when you saw that you saw the odd-numbered rushes and you saw even better opportunities on our part.” Erik Cole made it 5-3 when he finished off a 2-on-1 with Jason Spezza, and Shawn Horcoff added an empty-netter with a minute left. The six goals allowed were a season high for Chicago. Vernon Fiddler also scored for Dallas, and Jamie Benn had three assists. Kari Lehtonen had 38 saves. “We’re coming together here halfway through the year,” Jamie Benn said. “It’s just coming together as a team, playing good team defense and getting contribution from everyone.” Patrick Kane scored his 21st goal for Chicago, and Corey Crawford finished with 28 stops. “You’re going to have your moments across the season,” Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. “We’re not going to overreact and make a huge deal or panic about anything. The same way we don’t get overconfident when things are going our way.” The Blackhawks trailed 2-1 before they turned a strange play by Dallas defenseman Jordie Benn into the tying score. source:

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I needed it, for myself,” Shaw said. ”I just had to go out there and keep working and keep moving forward and simplify my game and I knew I’d get it.” Shaw added a well-placed wrist shot in the final minute of the second. Duncan Keith set up the score by making a nice play along the boards to keep the puck in the Arizona zone. Chicago also got a power-play goal from Jonathan Toews on the captain’s bobblehead night, and Blackhawks defenseman David Rundblad scored in the third period against his former team. It was Toews’ first goal since Dec. 21 against Toronto, stopping an 11-game drought. ”We wanted to have a good start and I thought we did that. And we just carried it through,” Keith said. NOTES: Kane’s assist on Toews’ opening goal was his 542nd career point, passing Tony Amonte for ninth on the franchise list. … The Coyotes say Boedker is week to week following the surgery. D Zbynek Michalek also missed the game with an upper-body injury, putting Brandon Gormley in the lineup. source:

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“It was almost like we were on break before break started.” The Coyotes played without left wing Mikkel Boedker, who had appeared in 257 consecutive games for the fourth-longest streak in team history. The 25-year-old Boedker, who leads Arizona with 14 goals, had his spleen removed after he was injured in Sunday’s 4-3 shootout loss at Winnipeg. Arizona coach Dave Tippett said everything is going wrong for his team right now. “We’ve got to find some kind of plan and move our group ahead because this is unacceptable,” he said. Shaw had just one goal in his previous 22 games. He played sparingly in the third period of Sunday’s 6-3 loss to Dallas, but he was much better right from the start against Arizona. The feisty center scored his seventh goal with a slick move at 12:48 of the first, faking a backhand before going to the forehand side to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. He celebrated by skating over to the boards and slamming his arms against the glass as the crowd of 21,427 cheered wildly. “It was a relief. I needed it, for myself,” Shaw said. “I just had to go out there and keep working and keep moving forward and simplify my game and I knew I’d get it.” Shaw added a well-placed wrist shot in the final minute of the second. Duncan Keith set up the score by making a nice play along the boards to keep the puck in the Arizona zone. source:

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