Nhl: Blackhawks Hall Of Famer Stan Mikita Has Brain Disorder – Daily Republican Register: Daily Republican Register

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They offered no other information on Mikita’s condition other than noting that he may suffer from Lewy body dementia. Mikita, 74, played his entire 22-season career for the Chicago Blackhawks from 1958 to 1980 and was on the Blackhawks team with Bobby Hull that won the Stanley Cup in 1961. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in games played, points and assists and is second in goals. Mikita was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983 and has been a Blackhawks team ambassador since 2007. Mikita was at a ceremony in 2011 when the Blackhawks unveiled bronze statues of him and Hull outside the United Center. In 1980, Mikita’s No. 21 was the first ever retired by the Blackhawks. “We are thinking of Stan and his family at this difficult time and wish him well,” the team said in a statement. Lewy body dementia is a progressive disease that causes problems with thinking, movement, behavior and mood. It’s associated with abnormal protein deposits in the brain called Lewy bodies. There’s no known cure, but people can live with the disease for a number of years. How quickly symptoms develop varies from person to person. source: http://tristate-media.com/drr/nhl-blackhawks-hall-of-famer-stan-mikita-has-brain-disorder/article_36d3dfdc-aa6c-11e4-9c3a-c744cfe7588d.html

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View photo Jan 31, 2015; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) makes a save against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period at SAP Center at San Jose. The San Jose Sharks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0. (Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports) No. 3 Star: Carey Price , Montreal Canadiens Price made 36 saves in shutting out the Washington Capitals , 1-0, as Max Pacioretty scored the game-winner in overtime. It was Prices second straight shutout. Honorable Mention: Lance Bouma helped spark a 4-goal third period rally as the Flames topped the Edmonton Oilers , 4-2. His seventh of the season tied the game, before Sean Monahan put the Flames ahead for good on the power play. He scored the dagger at 16:27 on a 2-on-1, his eighth of the season. Steve Mason made 30 saves to make a first-period Michael Del Zotto goal stand in the Flyers 1-0 shutout of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who lost their ninth straight. The Detroit Red Wings got goals from four different players and Petr Mrazek mae 22 saves in their 4-1 win over the New York Islanders . Marc Methot have three points and the Ottawa Senators had seven different goal scorers in a 7-2 rout of Arizona. Third-period goals by Chris Kelly and Brad Marchand, his second of the game, gave the Boston Bruins a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings . source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-three-stars–niemi-blanks-blackhawks–klingberg-leads-stars-073355532.html

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The Chicago Blackhawks just dominated the NHL’s best team, too. San Jose tries to keep building Saturday night against the visiting Blackhawks, who are seeking a sixth win in eight matchups in the series. 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. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-sharks-preview-171042944–nhl.html

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“He played awesome,” defenseman Brent Burns said. “He’s real sturdy back there. We feel good when he’s there. We know he’s there to back us up if they get a good chance, and he showed it tonight.” The Sharks struck early to take the lead when Raanta struggled to control a shot by Matt Irwin. Karlsson batted at the rebound and it deflected into the net for his eighth goal of the season. Niemi took the game after that, especially in a brilliant second period when he kept Chicago off the scoreboard despite a 15-6 edge in shots on goal. “We just couldn’t really get that one into the net in the second period,” captain Jonathan Toews said. “We were creating a lot of chances off the rushes we had.” Niemi made a pair of tough saves early in the second on Andrew Shaw and Brandon Saad. He then stopped Marian Hossa on a 2-on-1 rush midway through the period and came up with his best saves when the Sharks were on the power play late in the second. Toews came in alone on a breakaway and Niemi got a piece of his initial shot. source: http://tristate-media.com/drr/nhl-niemi-leads-sharks-to—victory-over-blackhawks/article_bca6a0dc-aa66-11e4-a1eb-c711032b17b7.html

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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


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