Toffoli, Muzzin Score Late, La Kings Rally Past Chicago 4-3 | Boston Herald

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“I’m not going to talk about that, because I’d probably get fined or something,” said Crawford, who stopped 23 shots. Quick’s big finish capped another memorable meeting between the teams that have won the last three Stanley Cup titles and four of five. The Kings eliminated the Blackhawks in an epic conference finals last summer, winning Game 7 in overtime in Chicago with Alec Martinez’s deflected goal off Nick Leddy. “They’re a top team, and they have been for a long time,” Carter said. “Hopefully it’s a big confidence boost for us. After having some ups and downs, hopefully we can build off it and keep going.” Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp had a goal and an assist apiece in the first period for the Blackhawks, who had won four straight regular-season games over Los Angeles. Chicago opened a six-game road trip with just its second loss in 10 games at Staples Center. “It’s disappointing. We played 55 solid minutes of hockey,” captain Jonathan Toews said. “We just made some mistakes that ended up in our own net. … source: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/nhl_coverage/2015/01/toffoli_muzzin_score_late_la_kings_rally_past_chicago_4_3

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They will have played in four stadium games at that point again, more than any other team. Not every team would want to do all that. Take the Los Angeles Kings , who have won two Stanley Cups in the salary-cap era, same as the Blackhawks, but dont have the same profile. They have two all-stars here. They will play in their second stadium game in February. Wed rather be sitting behind the Blackhawks, giving them all the attention, and then when the playoffs come around and we face them, then thats our opportunity to beat them, said Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. As players, we dont mind that. Were fine with standing in their shadow. It doesnt bother us. Not every individual would want to do all that. The NHL season is a grind mentally and physically, and lots of players would rather enjoy the all-star break than the All-Star Game, especially on top of everything else. Its just like, Oh, here we go again, said Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-soar-into-all-star-game-as-nhl-s-go-to-glamour-team-231754648-nhl.html

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Tavares scored once in the first period, twice in the second and another in the third period. He joins some elite goal-scoring company: Wayne Gretzky, Campbell, 1983; Mario Lemieux, Wales, 1990; Vincent Damphousse, Campbell, 1991; Mike Gartner, Wales, 1993, and Dany Heatley, East, 2003. After two days of goofy fun at the NHL Fantasy Draft and the skills competition, the Sunday was a bit of a snoozer. The goals were plentiful, the skating was casual and the crowd only popped for the hometown heroes. So basically it was the NHL All-Star Game. The first period saw a combined eight goals, four by each team. Ryan Johansen (Foligno) had two of them, while Roberto Luongo (Toews) made a few quality glove saves. Radim Vrbata (Foligno) opened the scoring at 3:09 of the first period with his first all-star goal. The second period featured 11 goals, an All-Star Game record and a metric ton of sarcasm. Team Foligno goalie Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins tied an ignominious record in giving up seven goals in a period. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-all-star-game-scoring-record-set-in-columbus-with-29-goals-011226205.html

Chicago is 24-3-2 when allowing two or fewer goals in 2014-15 (6-12-0 in all other games). * Los Angeles dropped a 4-2 decision to the Sharks at SAP Center in its last game before the break the Kings fourth straight and seventh setback in the last eight games overall (1-3-4 record). Including a 2-for-3 performance by the Sharks last Wednesday, Kings opponents have clicked on 37.0 percent of their power-play opportunities this month second highest in the league (Sabres opponents 37.1). * Chicago won the first meeting of 2014-15 with Los Angeles, 4-1, at Staples Center on November 29. Dating to beginning of last year, the Blackhawks have won four straight regular-season games against the Kings by a combined score of 13-5. * Including his 10th marker of 2014-15, Marian Hossa had two points in last Wednesday nights win over the Penguins, garnering first-star accolades for the performance. Hossa (three goals and four assists in last seven games vs. Kings) has recorded 10 or more goals in 15 straight seasons. * Anze Kopitar had two helpers last Wednesday night, giving him 24 points (5g, 19a) in his last 16 games overall most of any NHL skater since December 16 (Patrick Kane is second with 22 points during that span). Dating to the beginning of 2013-14, Kopitar has six points (2g, 4a) in his last six regular-season skates vs. Chicago. * Chicago is 6-1 (.857) in shootouts this season tied with the Sabres and Islanders for best in the league. source: http://wgntv.com/2015/01/28/blackhawks-game-notes-for-wednesday-la/

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The time away has added some extra anticipation to the entire event, which begins in earnest with the Skills Competition on Saturday night. 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 ESPN.com: 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: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2340937-nhl-all-star-game-2015-rosters-analyzing-team-foligno-vs-team-toews-after-draft

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Tyler Toffoli tied it with 6:11 left for the defending Stanley Cup winners, who made a dynamic rally in their first game back after stumbling into the break in ninth place in the Western Conference after losing seven of eight. Jonathan Quick made 26 saves, thwarting a huge Blackhawks surge in front of Los Angeles’ net in the final minute. “I think we needed a win real bad, and to get it against a team like Chicago is real good,” Toffoli said. “Tonight was a night that we wanted to prove to ourselves that we could win big games, and we did it.” Andrew Shaw slipped a tricky shot past Quick for his ninth goal of the season 2:25 into the third, but Toffoli eventually answered with his 13th goal, scoring from the slot to highlight a strong first game back from a six-game absence with mononucleosis. Moments later, Muzzin got a shot from the blue line past Corey Crawford with an apparent deflection off the stick of Chicago’s Niklas Hjalmarsson. Crawford refused to speculate on whether he had faced interference on the last goal. “I’m not going to talk about that, because I’d probably get fined or something,” said Crawford, who stopped 23 shots. Quick’s big finish capped another memorable meeting between the teams that have won the last three Stanley Cup titles and four of five. The Kings eliminated the Blackhawks in an epic conference finals last summer, winning Game 7 in overtime in Chicago with Alec Martinez’s deflected goal off Nick Leddy. “They’re a top team, and they have been for a long time,” Carter said. “Hopefully it’s a big confidence boost for us. source: http://tristate-media.com/drr/nhl-toffoli-muzzin-score-late-la-kings-rally-past-chicago/article_78350414-a789-11e4-978b-cb085ec07d66.html

 

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