Kane, Sharp Lead Blackhawks’ 4-1 Rout Of Anaheim Ducks – Abc News

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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: http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/kane-sharp-lead-blackhawks-rout-anaheim-ducks-28622627

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The Sharks (26-17-6) defeated league-leading Anaheim 6-3 on Thursday in their first action since the All-Star break. 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. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-sharks-preview-171042944–nhl.html

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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. 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

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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. 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. source: http://tristate-media.com/drr/nhl-toffoli-muzzin-score-late-la-kings-rally-past-chicago/article_78350414-a789-11e4-978b-cb085ec07d66.html

* 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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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 . source: http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_27429692/sharks-face-chicago-blackhawks-little-payback-mind

 

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