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The Blackhawks went 1-for-4 with the man-advantage against the Kings, and are now 4-for-14 (28.6 percent) on the power play in their last four contests. * The Ducks were shellacked, 6-3, by the Sharks at SAP Center last night, snapping their six-game winning streak in the process. Anaheim is 37-0-2 (.974) when netting at least three markers at Honda Center since the beginning of last season the best home mark of any NHL club in such contests. * The Blackhawks and Ducks have split their first two meetings in 2014-15, each beating the other on the road. These two clubs have played 16 times total over the last 4+ seasons, and each has won eight of those tilts. * Patrick Kane had a goal and a helper Wednesday night, and with 53 points on the season, is now tied with Tyler Seguin for the scoring lead in the Western Conference. Including two goals in these clubs last game (November 28), Kane has 10 points (4g, 6a) in his last 12 skates vs. the Ducks. * Matt Beleskey lit the lamp last night, giving him a goal in back-to-back games, and 19 markers on the season overall tied with Corey Perry for the team lead. Beleskey has just one assist (zero goals) in 15 career skates vs. source: http://wgntv.com/2015/01/30/blackhawks-game-notes-for-friday-anaheim-2/

Blackhawks-Ducks Preview – Yahoo Sports

Chicago put together back-to-back wins heading into All-Star weekend before opening the season’s second half with Wednesday’s 4-3 loss at Los Angeles. The Blackhawks blew leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 before allowing the go-ahead goal with 3:37 to go. “We definitely left some points on the table this month, and we have to learn from it knowing that these are hard points to come by,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “You put yourself in that position where you’re doing the right things for 50, 55 minutes and come up with air, that’s tough.” Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane combined for two goals and two assists as Chicago dropped to 3-4-1 in its last eight away from home. The Blackhawks are in the midst of seven straight road games. “It’s certainly frustrating on our part, we can’t be happy,” said Sharp, who has five points in the last four games. “It’s that time of year where points – they’re always valuable – but they’re even more valuable going down the stretch. We have to find a way to do better.” Things aren’t about to get any easier against the Ducks, who have won 11 of 13 at home, including four in a row by a 19-8 margin. However, Chicago is seeking a third consecutive victory at Honda Center after winning 4-1 on Nov. 28. Kane scored twice that day, giving him three goals and five points in his last five visits to Anaheim. “They’re a big strong team, they play a heavy game,” said Sharp, whose team has won three of four in the series after dropping the previous five. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-ducks-preview-073045035–nhl.html

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San Jose did not fare well in its only other meeting with the Blackhawks this season, a 5-2 thumping in Chicago on Nov. 9 less than 24 hours after a 5-3 victory over the Stars in Dallas at the start of a seven-game road trip. “We were flat and it was on a back-to-back and they took it to us that game,” forward Logan Couture said Friday. Now the situation is reversed with Chicago having played Friday night in Anaheim and the Sharks are playing the sixth of seven straight at home. “Hopefully we can take advantage of them, get on them early,” Couture said Friday. While the Sharks have fared well over the past few seasons against the NHL’s stronger teams, their games against the Blackhawks have not fit that pattern as Chicago has won eight of the previous 12 meetings between the teams and picked up a point in two of the four losses. The Sharks are 6-1-1 this season against the other California teams, and Couture noted that they could face Los Angeles or Anaheim in the first round of the playoffs so there’s added incentive. With the Blackhawks in the Central Division, an early playoff showdown is possible but far less likely. “We know they’re one of the best teams in the league and if we do face them, hopefully it’s in the conference finals. It’s a challenge playing against those guys, they’ve got so muck skill up front, great defensemen, and their goaltender plays well. I guess you would say, yeah, it’s a measuring stick for us.” For more on the Sharks, see David Pollak’s Working the Corners blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/sharks . Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/PollakOnSharks . source: http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_27429692/sharks-face-chicago-blackhawks-little-payback-mind

Sharks face Chicago Blackhawks with a little payback in mind – ContraCostaTimes.com

Barclay Goodrow, Patrick Marleau, Matt Irwin, James Sheppard and Brenden Dillon all scored in the second period as San Jose posted its highest goal total in 22 games. “The unusual suspects came up big, and when you win as a team you need that too,” coach Todd McLellan told the team’s official website. “Barclay, Shep, Dillon, Irwin, those are all guys who haven’t really put the puck in the net. To get the monkey off their back is a big thing.” Joe Thornton and Tomas Hertl each finished with two assists while Antti Niemi made 25 saves. The Sharks, 4-1-1 in their last six, climbed to within 12 points of the Ducks for first place in the Pacific Division. “We’re really proud of our guys showing up and hopefully we keep going from here,” Sheppard said. Doing so could prove difficult against Chicago, which has had the Sharks’ number of late. The Blackhawks took this season’s first meeting 5-2 on Nov. 9, improving to 5-0-2 in the series dating to February 2013. All but two of those games, however, came in Chicago. The Blackhawks are 1-3-2 in their last six visits to San Jose. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-sharks-preview-171042944–nhl.html

Kane, Sharp Lead Blackhawks’ 4-1 Rout of Anaheim Ducks – ABC News

Kane has scored at least 21 goals in every season of his eight-year NHL career. “Kaner has had the hot stick all season long,” Sharp said. “I feel comfortable with him, and we’ve had a good stretch of games.” While the Blackhawks celebrated a host of beautiful goals, defenseman Ben Lovejoy summed up the Ducks’ ugly effort as “ditch-digging.” “That Chicago team thrives off of quick-strike, fancy offense, and that’s not how we’re successful,” Lovejoy said. “We have guys that are capable of making those plays sometimes, but we are a big physical team that wants to grind in the offensive zone, and we did not get to that tonight.” Toews put Chicago ahead in the opening minutes, beating Andersen with an unobstructed shot on a setup from Kane. The goal was the first from Toews in Chicago’s last 14 road games. Midway through the second period, Keith’s shot found its way through traffic while Toews fell backward on top of Andersen, knocking down the Danish goalie. Boudreau angrily demanded a goaltender interference call, but didn’t get it on an unreviewable play. Kane made it 3-0 a few minutes later with a nasty shot for his fourth goal in five games. Anaheim had a two-man advantage for 25 seconds during a lengthy stretch of power-play time in the third period, but got nothing until Rakell and Corey Perry skated in on Crawford for Rakell’s fifth goal. NOTES: Andersen lost for just the fourth time in 21 games since Dec. 1. … source: http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/kane-sharp-lead-blackhawks-rout-anaheim-ducks-28622627

 

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