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Antti Raanta made 19 saves for the Blackhawks, who were shut out for the fourth time this season. Chicago lost two of three on the post-All-Star break California swing, with the win coming Friday night in Anaheim. “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. 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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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. 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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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 . Tuukka Rask made 30 saves. Keith Kinkaid made 26 saves as the New Jersey Devils topped the Florida Panthers, 3-1. The Lightning used 34 saves from Ben Bishop to beat the Blue Jackets, 3-1. Ryan Johnson scored goal No. 19. The New York Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes thanks in part to Rick Nashs 29th of the season. They also overcame a scary moment when Henrik Lundqvist was hit in the throat (but stayed in the game): Did You Know? source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-three-stars–niemi-blanks-blackhawks–klingberg-leads-stars-073355532.html

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

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


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