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The Blackhawks are 1-3-2 in their last six visits to San Jose. Chicago (31-16-2) opened a three-game stretch in California with Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to Los Angeles before bouncing back to beat the Ducks 4-1 on Friday. Patrick Kane stayed hot with two goals and an assist while Patrick Sharp assisted on all four goals, matching a career high. Duncan Keith also scored to become the fifth defenseman in Blackhawks history to reach 400 points. Chicago has outscored foes 15-8 in winning three of four. “They’re the best team in the NHL this year, (but) we knew they were coming off a back-to-back games and three in four nights,” said Kane, who is second in the league with 56 points. “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. source:–nhl.html

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2. Star: Semyon Varlamov , Colorado Avalanche Stopped 23 of 23 Nashville shots on goal to defeat the Central Division leading Predators. The win for Colorado kept the Avalanche within playoff striking distance just two points back of Calgary for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. It was Varlamovs fourth shutout of the season and moved his save percentage up to .922. No. 3 Star: Patrick Kane , Chicago Blackhawks Scored two goals and added an assist in Chicagos win over the Ducks. Kane now has 56 points in 49 games played to move him into second overall in the NHLs scoring race. Hes just two behind Jakub Voracek for the league lead. Honorable Mention: David Backes scored a goal in the Blues win over Carolina. Alex Pietrangelo picked up an assist. Teammate Ryan Reaves scored a goal Ryan Murphy and Justin Faulk each scored for the Hurricanes Devils goaltender Cory Schneider stopped 41 of 43 Pittsburgh shots on goal in an OT loss to the Penguins Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang notched two assists in the Penguins win Pittsburgh defenseman Simon Despres scored the OT winner Colorados Jarome Iginla notched his 1,200th career NHL point Buffalos Chris Stewart scored two goals Vancouvers Nick Bonino scored a goal Chicagos Corey Crawford stopped 21 of 22 Anaheim shots on goal in Chicagos victory over the Ducks Vancouvers Henrik Sedin notched two assists in a win over Buffalo Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller stopped 20 of 22 shots on goal in his first game against the Sabres, one of his former teams Carolina goaltender Cam Ward stopped all 29 shots on goal he faced in relief of Anton Khudobin, but still lost in the shootout to the Blues. Did You Know?: Letangs 16 points in January are the third most by a Penguins blueliner in this month in the teams hstory behind Paul Coffey (22 in 1989 and 17 in 1990). source:–sharp-and-kane-helps-hawks-to-ducks-road-sweep–varly-snarls-preds-063119583.html

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Corey Crawford made 21 saves as Chicago controlled the night, taking a three-goal lead in the second period. “They’re the best team in the NHL this year, (but) we knew they were coming off a back-to-back games and three in four nights,” said Kane, who clinched the fifth 25-goal season of his career. “We played a perfect road game. It was a fun game.” The Blackhawks bounced back impressively after blowing a lead in the final minutes of a 4-3 loss at Los Angeles two nights earlier in the opener of their six-game road trip. After a blowout loss in San Jose on Thursday night ended their six-game winning streak, the Ducks have lost consecutive games in regulation for the second time all season, and the first since Nov. 28-29 another back-to-back set against the Blackhawks and the Sharks. And when the Ducks lose, they really lose: Anaheim has lost in regulation just nine times since Halloween, but eight of the nine were by at least three goals apiece. “We know that we’ve lost two, (but) let’s not talk like we’re Buffalo,” Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. “You can obviously tell how far you have to go to be the best. They turned it up, and we weren’t able to handle it. source:

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* 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:

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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 . Follow him on Twitter at . source:

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“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. “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. source:–nhl.html


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