Blackhawks Soar Into All-star Game As Nhl’s Go-to Glamour Team – Yahoo Sports

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After a 49-year drought, Chicago has won two Stanley Cups in the past five seasons. (USA Today)

Keith and Seabrook were first and second among defensemen. Crawford was first among goaltenders. All received more than 1 million votes. Its really amazing that five of six can get voted in, Kane said. But at the same time, its not like its a big surprise to us with our fan base. Its really amazing who didnt get voted in, too. They have so many guys that get lost in the shuffle, said St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. You think of Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp and all these guys who have a tremendous amount of skill and could easily be here in their place. The NHLs hockey operations department picked the captains for the All-Star Game. It picked Toews for much the same reason the league picked the Blackhawks to host a Stadium Series game at Soldier Field last season, visit the Washington Capitals in the Winter Classic this season and visit Minnesota in the Stadium Series next season. Star power. source:

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Team Toews selected Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook and goalie Corey Crawford, while opposing Team Foligno, named after Columbus Blue JacketsstarNick Foligno, will haveBlackhawks forward Patrick Kane (alternate captain) and defenseman Duncan Keith. Team Foligno and Team Toews will compete in the skills competition on Saturday and the All-Star Game on Sunday. (Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS Radio and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2015 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.) source:

NHL: Blackhawks beat short-handed Penguins in shootout 3-2 – Daily Republican Register: Daily Republican Register

Pittsburgh has cooled to fall just off the pace of the first-place New York Islanders in the crowded Metropolitan Division. Chicago trails surprising Nashville and steady St. Louis in the Central. Rundblad gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead 6:56 in. The defenseman took advantage of a dominant shift by the top line of Hossa, Toews and Brandon Saad. The trio kept the puck buried in Pittsburgh’s zone for more than a minute, with Rundblad taking a feed from Hossa at the point and sending a shot past a well-screened Fleury for his fourth goal. Hossa doubled Chicago’s lead early in the second with his 10th goal, a wrist shot from just inside the left circle that Fleury barely saw through the sea of bodies. Yet just when it appeared the Penguins were ready to collapse, they responded behind some unlikely contributors. Sill went 47 games before recording the first point of his career with an assist against Minnesota last week. He didn’t wait nearly as long to earn his second, sending a wrist shot from the slot over Crawford’s glove 5:21 into the second. source:

NHL All-Star Game 2015 Rosters: Analyzing Team Foligno vs Team Toews After Draft | Bleacher Report

Let’s check out how the rosters shape up following the fantasy draft. The chart is followed by a breakdown of Sunday’s game and a prediction for which squad will come out on top. 2015 NHL All-Star Game Rosters 60th NHL All-Star Game Rosters Position Tweet The draft once again featured far more entertainment than strategy. That’s why Alex Ovechkin, perhaps the best pure scorer in the world, lasted until the third-to-last pick as he lobbied to get a new car. He fell one pick short of that “award.” His selection did help finish a late surge by Team Foligno, which seemed to be trailing a bit behind Team Toews for most of the draft. The home team also features a top defense pair of Drew Doughty and Duncan Keith, which is perfect for the wide-open style of play in the All-Star Game. Another great moment from the draft was the first trade in the spectacle’s history. Team Toews sent Phil Kessel to the opposite side in exchange for Tyler Seguin. The captain then poked fun at recent talk about the Toronto Maple Leafs star being uncoachable, as noted by Pierre LeBrun of Zing ! Toews says Kessel is “one of the more coachable players out there.” Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) January 24, 2015 Ultimately, when the dust settled after the draft, the teams were pretty evenly matched. source:

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