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Blackhawks-Sharks Preview – Yahoo Sports

“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. “They have a number of skilled players to complement their hard work ethic. This is a tough building to play in.” The Ducks (32-11-6) are surely looking forward to getting back home after falling 6-3 at San Jose on Thursday, their first loss in seven contests. Anaheim gave up five goals in the second period after allowing six in its previous five games combined. Making just his fourth start, Ilya Bryzgalov surrendered all six goals on 25 shots before giving way to Frederik Andersen late in the second. “That game was on 20 guys,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-ducks-preview-073045035–nhl.html

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

Blackhawks Game Notes For Friday @ Anaheim | 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/

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

“We played a perfect road game. It was a fun game.” Kane and Sharp have combined for six goals and 12 assists over the last five games. Kane has scored 14 of his 25 goals in the third period. “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.” The Blackhawks are expected to turn to Antti Raanta in goal after Corey Crawford made 21 saves Friday. Raanta hasn’t started since stopping 35 shots in a 6-1 win over Arizona on Jan. 20, and is 6-1-0 with a 1.81 goals-against average in his last eight games. He has never faced San Jose. Niemi is 4-0-1 over a five-start stretch for the Sharks. Niemi, who spent the first two seasons of his career in Chicago, is 2-6-1 with a 3.30 GAA against his former team since December 2011. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-sharks-preview-171042944–nhl.html

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

They turned it up, and we weren’t able to handle it. So as a measuring stick, I hope this stays in our minds for a long time. They played so much faster than us, and smarter.” Frederik Andersen stopped 29 shots for the Ducks. After Rickard Rakell broke up Crawford’s shutout bid and briefly energized the home crowd with 9:54 to play, Kane scored his 25th goal on that brilliant pass off the boards from Sharp. 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. source: http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/kane-sharp-lead-blackhawks-rout-anaheim-ducks-28622627

 

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