Sharks Face Chicago Blackhawks With A Little Payback In Mind – Contracostatimes.com

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

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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. 20, and is 6-1-0 with a 1.81 goals-against average in his last eight games. He has never faced San Jose. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-sharks-preview-171042944–nhl.html

Blackhawks Game Notes For Friday @ Anaheim | WGN-TV

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“You put yourself in that position where you’re doing the right things for 50, 55 minutes and come up with air, that’s tough.” Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane combined for two goals and two assists as Chicago dropped to 3-4-1 in its last eight away from home. The Blackhawks are in the midst of seven straight road games. “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. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-ducks-preview-073045035–nhl.html

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/

Blackhawks Game Notes For Wednesday @ LA | WGN-TV

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Chicago is 24-3-2 when allowing two or fewer goals in 2014-15 (6-12-0 in all other games). * 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. * Chicago is 6-1 (.857) in shootouts this season tied with the Sabres and Islanders for best in the league. source: http://wgntv.com/2015/01/28/blackhawks-game-notes-for-wednesday-la/

Chicago Blackhawks down Anaheim Ducks | FOX Sports

“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. 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.” Alex Gallardo-FR170211 AP Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp celebrates with Patrick Kane after assisting on his goal in the second period against the Ducks. source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/chicago-blackhawks-down-anaheim-ducks-013115

 

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