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View photo Chicago Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp (10) celebrates a goal by right wing Patrick Kane (88) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) No. 1 Star: Patrick Sharp , Chicago Blackhawks Notched four assists in Chicagos 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks to give the Hawks a road sweep over the Pacific Division leaders. Sharp now has nine points in his last five games. Its the third time in his career he has picked up four assists in a game. No. 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. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-three-stars–sharp-and-kane-helps-hawks-to-ducks-road-sweep–varly-snarls-preds-063119583.html

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“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. 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. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-sharks-preview-171042944–nhl.html

Blackhawks Game Notes For Friday @ Anaheim | WGN-TV

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Jan 31, 2015, 1:37 AM ET By GREG BEACHAM AP Hockey Writer Patrick Sharp got the puck on the boards and abruptly whipped it in front to Patrick Kane, who scored before the Anaheim Ducks even knew where it went. Although the Chicago Blackhawks are still looking up at Anaheim in the Western Conference standings, they left a reminder of what will be facing the Ducks if these NHL powers end up face-to-face in the postseason. Kane had two goals and an assist, and Sharp assisted on every Chicago goal in a 4-1 victory Friday night. Captain Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith also scored for the Blackhawks, who beat the NHL-leading Ducks for the third straight time at Honda Center. 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. source: http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/kane-sharp-lead-blackhawks-rout-anaheim-ducks-28622627

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

“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. “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: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-ducks-preview-073045035–nhl.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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