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“We just made some mistakes that ended up in our own net. … We knew it was going to be a tough game, and we hung in there. It was looking pretty good for us with that 3-2 lead late in the third, but we found a way to blow it.” The Kings played their first regular-season game since December 2011 without $69 million center Mike Richards, who was waived on Monday and demoted to the AHL on Tuesday after managing just five goals in the first 47 games. Perhaps not coincidentally, Los Angeles got a monster performance from Carter, Richards’ longtime teammate in Philadelphia and again in Los Angeles. Carter had just his second multigoal game of the season, along with numerous near-misses and big plays. Carter scored his first goal while skating backward after stickhandling adroitly through traffic. He tied it again in the second period after winning a puck battle with Toews and wiring a shot over prone defenseman Brent Seabrook. Although the clubs played a penalty-free third period, the Blackhawks lamented a few borderline calls that weren’t made. “I think (the officials) were kind of maybe playing catch-up after we got a few power plays,” Kane said. “I think we may have sat back a little bit and waited for (the Kings) to come at us. And usually when we do that, bad things happen, as you could see.” NOTES: Richards’ streak of 224 consecutive games played for the Kings ended. 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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”This will make the franchise even more competitive on the ice,” Sharks chief operating officer John Tortora said at a news conference at the SAP Center, which also will be home starting this summer for their yet-to-be-named AHL affiliate. The team won’t be called the Sharks, for obvious reasons, as it was in Worcester. The Toronto Maple Leafs already have a same-city AHL affiliate, the Marlies, but they play in a different arena. All of the new sites will be in California, home to three of the NHL’s 30 teams. Here are the other farm club shifts: – Anaheim Ducks : Norfolk, Virginia, to San Diego. – Calgary Flames : Glens Falls, New York, to Stockton. – Los Angeles Kings : Manchester, New Hampshire, to Ontario. The Sharks, Flames, Oilers and Kings already owned their AHL franchises. The Ducks will purchase the Norfolk Admirals before the relocation. Ducks executive vice president and general manager Bob Murray spoke giddily at the news conference about the opportunity for a two-hour drive down the coast to watch his team’s prospects play. Norfolk is more than 2,700 miles away from Anaheim. Murray credited his colleagues in the NHL’s Pacific Division for making this realignment work. source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/nhls-top-minor-league-to-send-5-teams-to-california-012915

Blackhawks Game Notes For Wednesday @ LA | WGN-TV

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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. the Blackhawks. source: http://wgntv.com/2015/01/30/blackhawks-game-notes-for-friday-anaheim-2/

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“That game was on 20 guys,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “Five goals? I don’t know what happened to us. … We didn’t play very good in front of Bryzgalov.” The Ducks are expected to go back to Andersen, who is a league-best 17-2-1 with a 2.09 goals-against average since Dec. 1. His only appearance against Chicago came in the Nov. 28 defeat, during which he stopped 34 of 37 shots opposite Corey Crawford. Crawford has dropped three of his last four starts behind a 3.49 GAA. He’s given up a combined three goals during a personal three-game winning streak against the Ducks, though. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has just four points over a nine-game stretch in the series. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-ducks-preview-073045035–nhl.html

* 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. source: http://wgntv.com/2015/01/28/blackhawks-game-notes-for-wednesday-la/

 

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